On September 20, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Multiple Mode Outdoor Grills and Parts Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-895).

The investigation is based on an August 21, 2013 complaint filed by A&J Manufacturing, LLC of St. Simons, Georgia and A&J Manufacturing, Inc. of Green Cove Springs, Florida alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain multiple mode outdoor grills and parts thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,381,712, D660,646, and D662,773.  See our August 22, 2013 post for more details on the complaint.

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

  • The Brinkmann Corporation of Dallas, Texas
  • W.C. Bradley Co. of Columbus, Georgia
  • GHP Group, Inc. of Morton Grove, Illinois
  • Kamado Joe Company of Duluth, Georgia
  • Outdoor Leisure Products, Inc. of Neosho, Missouri
  • Rankam Group of Gardena, California
  • Academy Ltd. of Katy, Texas HEB Grocery Company,
  • LP of San Antonio, Texas
  • Kmart Corporation of Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Sears Brands Management Corporation of Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Sears Holdings Corporation of Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Sears, Roebuck & Company of Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Tractor Supply Company of Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Guangdong Canbo Electrical Co., Ltd. of China
  • Chant Kitchen Equipment (HK), Ltd. of China
  • Dongguan Kingsun Enterprises Co., Ltd. of China
  • Zhejiang Fudeer Electric Appliance Co., Ltd. of China
  • Ningbo Huige Outdoor Products Co., Ltd. of China
  • Keesung Manufacturing Co., Ltd. of China
  • Ningbo Spring Communication Technologies Co. Ltd. of China
  • Wuxi Joyray International Corp. of China

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