On April 30, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Linear Actuators (Inv. No. 337-TA-880).
The investigation is based on an April 3, 2013 complaint filed by Okin America, Inc. of Frederick, Maryland and Dewert Okin GmbH of Germany alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain linear actuators (also known as “drives”) for adjusting parts of seating and reclining furniture that infringe U.S. Patent No. 5,927,144. See our April 4, 2013 post for more details on the complaint.
According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Changzhou Kaidi Electrical Co. Ltd. of China and Kaidi LLC of Eaton Rapids, Michigan as the respondents in this investigation.
Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that he will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.