On March 9, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Electrical Connectors, Components Thereof and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1043).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a February 6, 2017 complaint filed by J.S.T. Corporation of Farmington Hills, Michigan 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 electrical connectors, components thereof, and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,004,766. See our February 17, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

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

  • Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany
  • Bosch Automotive Products (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. of China
  • Robert Bosch LLC of Broadview, Illinois
  • Robert Bosch, Sistemas Autometrices, S.A. de C.V. of Mexico
  • Robert Bosch Ltda. of Brazil
  • Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. of Taiwan
  • Foxconn Interconnect Technology, Ltd. of Taiwan

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 Thomas P. Pender will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.