On February 5, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Robotic Toys and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-869).

The investigation is based on a January 4, 2013 complaint filed by Innovation First International, Inc., Innovation First, Inc., and Innovation First Labs, Inc.—all of Greenville, Texas alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain robotic toys and components thereof made using trade secrets.  See our January 8, 2013 post for more details.

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

  • CVS Pharmacy Inc. of Woonsocket, Rhode Island
  • Zuru Inc. of the British Virgin Islands
  • Zuru Ltd. of Hong Kong
  • Zuru Toys Inc. of New Zealand

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