On June 19, 2015, the U.S. International Trade Commission ("Commission") issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Electric Skin Care Devices, Brushes and Chargers Therefor, and Kits Containing The Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-959).

The investigation is based on an April 30, 2015 complaint filed by Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain electric skin care devices, brushes and chargers therefor, and kits containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,320,691; 7,386,906; and D523,809, in addition to infringing PBL's trade dress.  See our May 11, 2015 post for more details on the complaint. 

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Our Family Jewels, Inc. of Parker, Colorado; Accord Media, LLC of New York, New York; Xnovi Electronic Co., Ltd. of China; Michael Todd True Organics LP and MTTO LLC of Port St. Lucie, Florida; Shanghai Anzikang Electric Co., Ltd. of China; Nutra-Luxe MD., LLC of Fort Meyers, Florida; Beauty Tech, Inc. of Coral Gables, Florida; ANEX Corporation of Korea; RN Ventures Ltd. of the United Kingdom; Korean Beauty Co., Ltd. of Korea; H2PRO Beautylife, Inc. of Placentia, California; Serious Skin Care, Inc. of Carson City, Nevada; Home Skinovations Inc. of Canada; Home Skinovations Ltd. of Israel; Wenzhou Ai Er Electrical Technology Co., Ltd d/b/a CNAIER of China; Coreana Cosmetics Co., Ltd. of Korea; Flageoli Classic Limited of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Skincarebyalana of Dana Point, California as the respondents.

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