On July 10, 2015, the U.S. International Trade Commission ("Commission") issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Toner Supply Containers and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-960).

The investigation is based on a June 12, 2015 complaint filed by Canon Inc. of Japan, Canon U.S.A., Inc. of Melville, New York, and Canon Virginia, Inc. of Newport News, Virginia alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain toner supply containers and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,909,094 and 9,046,820.  See our June 12, 2015 post for more details on the complaint. 

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified General Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd. of Taiwan and Color Imaging, Inc. of Norcross, Georgia as the respondents.  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 Bullock issued a notice indicating that David P. Shaw will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.