On July 11, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Crawler Cranes and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-887).

The investigation is based on a June 12, 2013 complaint filed by Manitowoc Cranes, LLC of Manitowoc, Wisconsin alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain crawler cranes and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,546,928 and 7,967,158, and that were designed and manufactured using Manitowoc Cranes’ misappropriated trade secrets.  See our June 14, 2013 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Sany Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. of China and Sany America, Inc. of Peachtree City, Georgia as the respondents 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 investigation.