On November 22, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Certain High-Potency Sweeteners, Processes for Making Same, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1030).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an October 26, 2016 complaint filed by Celanese International Corp. of Irving, Texas, Celanese Sales U.S. Ltd. of Irving, Texas, and Celanese IP Hungary Bt of Hungary 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 high-potency sweeteners and products containing same that infringe, or are made by a process that infringes, one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 9,024,016. See our October 28, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Suzhou Hope Technology Co., Ltd. of China, Anhui Jinhe Industrial Co., Ltd. of China, and Vitasweet Co., Ltd. of China as the respondents in this investigation.

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