On June 5, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Windshield Wiper Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-881).

The investigation is based on a May 9, 2013 complaint and May 21 and 30, 2013 letters supplementing the complaint filed by Federal-Mogul Corporation of Southfield, Michigan and Federal-Mogul S.A. of Belgium alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain windshield wiper devices and components thereof that infringe claims 1-14 of U.S. Patent No. 8,347,449.  See our May 13, 2013 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Trico Corporation of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Trico Products of Brownsville, Texas, and Trico Components SA de CV of Mexico as the respondents in this investigation.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that David P. Shaw will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.