On August 3, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Access Control Systems and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1016).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a July 5, 2016 complaint filed by The Chamberlain Group, Inc. of Elmhurst, Illinois (“CGI”) alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain access control systems and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,161,319; 7,196,611; and 7,339,336. See our July 5, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified the following as the respondents:

  • Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong
  • Techtronic Industries North America, Inc. of Hunt Valley, Maryland
  • One World Technologies Inc. of Anderson, South Carolina
  • OWT Industries Inc. of Pickens, South Carolina
  • Ryobi Technologies, Inc. of Anderson, South Carolina
  • Et Technology (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. of China

The Notice of Investigation further indicates that the Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party in this investigation.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Bullock issued a notice indicating that Thomas B. Pender will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.