UPDATE 1-U.S. trade panel to probe devices of eight smartphone vendors

Fri May 6, 2016 6:22am EDT
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(Adds comments from ITC and companies)

* Eight handset makers are probed over alleged patent violation

* Creative Tech alleges infringement by Samsung and 7 others-ITC

* Infringement involves media file playing feature-ITC

HONG KONG, May 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is launching an investigation into mobile devices made by eight smartphone vendors including Samsung Electronics Co over an alleged patent violation, the trade panel said on its website.

The probe follows a complaint filed by Singapore-based Creative Technology Ltd and U.S.-based Creative Labs Inc that several handset makers have infringed on their patent, the ITC said in a statement.

The accused vendors are ZTE Corp , Sony Corp, Samsung, LG Electronics Inc, Lenovo Group Ltd, Motorola Mobility, HTC Corp and Blackberry Ltd.

"The products at issue in the investigation are portable electronic devices, such as smartphones, with the capability of playing stored media files selected by a user from a hierarchical display," ITC wrote.

The trade panel said it has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case, and will decide a target date for completing investigation within 45 days after the institution of the investigation.   Continued...