On August 1, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Shielded Electrical Ribbon Cables and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1064).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a June 30, 2017 complaint filed by 3M Company and 3M Innovative Properties Company—both of St. Paul, Minnesota—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 of certain shielded electrical ribbon cables and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,933,333; 9,601,236; and 9,627,106. See our July 6, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Amphenol Corp. of Wallingford, Connecticut; Amphenol Interconnect Products Corp. of Endicott, New York; Amphenol Cables on Demand Corp. of Endicott, New York; Amphenol Assemble Technology (Xiamen) Co., Ltd. of China; Amphenol (Xiamen) High Speed Cable Co., Ltd. of China; and Amphenol East Asia Limited (Taiwan) of Taiwan as the respondents in this matter.

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