On May 11, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Quartz Slabs and Portions Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-996).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 14, 2016 complaint filed by Cambria Company LLC of Belle Plaine, Minnesota alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain quartz slabs and portions thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. D712,670; D713,154; D737,058; D737,576; D737,577; and D738,630. See our April 14, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Wilsonart LLC of Temple, Texas and Dorado Soapstone LLC of Denver, Colorado as the respondents.

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