On March 2, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Hospital Beds and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-987).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a February 1, 2016 complaint filed by Stryker Corp. of Kalamazoo, Michigan alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain hospital beds and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,082,630; 7,690,059; 7,784,125; and 8,701,229.  See our February 1, 2016 post for more details on the complaint. 

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Umano Médical Inc. and Umano Médical World Inc.—both of Canada – as the respondents.  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.