On July 22, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Composite Intermediate Bulk Containers (Inv. No. 337-TA-1014).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a June 15, 2016 complaint filed by Schütz Container Systems Inc. of North Branch, New Jersey 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 intermediate bulk containers that infringe Schütz’s trade dress. See our June 22, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Zhenjiang Runzhou Jinshan Packaging Factory of China as the respondent.

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