On May 11, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Electrical Conductor Composite Cores and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-995).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 8, 2016 complaint filed by CTC Global Corp. of Irvine, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain electrical conductor composite cores and components thereof used in electrical transmission lines that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,211,319 and 7,368,162. See our April 8, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Mercury Cable & Energy, Inc. d/b/a Mercury Cable & Energy LLC d/b/a Energy Technology International Company, Inc. of San Juan Capistrano, California and Shenzhen Zm Hesheng Power Development Co., Ltd. a/k/a Mercury Composite Co., Ltd. of China as the respondents.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Bullock issued a notice indicating that Dee Lord will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.