On November 30, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain UV Curable Coatings For Optical Fibers, Coated Optical Fibers, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1031).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an October 31, 2016 complaint filed by DSM Desotech, Inc. of Elgin, Illinois and DSM IP Assets B.V. of the Netherlands 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 UV curable optical fiber coatings, coated optical fibers, and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,961,508; 7,171,103; 7,067,564; and 7,706,659. See our November 1, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Momentive UV Coatings (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. of China and OSS Fitel, LLC of Norcross, Georgia as the respondents in this investigation.

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