On March 6, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1042).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a February 2, 2017 complaint filed by Paice LLC and the Abell Foundation, Inc.—both of Baltimore, Maryland— 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 hybrid electric vehicles and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,104,347; 7,237,634; 7,455,134; 7,559,388; and 8,214,097. See our February 6, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Ford Motor Company of Dearborn, Michigan as the sole respondent in this matter. The Notice of Investigation further indicates that the Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party 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 matter.