On August 23, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Laundry And Household Cleaning Products and Related Packaging (Inv. No. 337-TA-891).

The investigation is based on a July 25, 2013 complaint filed by The Clorox Company of Oakland, California (“Clorax”) alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain laundry and household cleaning products and packaging thereof under the trademarks CLORALEX and PINOL.  According to the complaint, these designations infringe and dilute Clorox’s CLOROX and PINE-SOL marks as shown in various registered U.S. trademarks.  See our July 26, 2013 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Industrias Alen, S.A. de C.V. of Mexico and Alen USA, LLC of Houston, Texas as the respondents in this investigation.