By Eric Schweibenz
On October 15, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Dual Access Locks and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-689).

According to the Notice of Investigation, the investigation is based on a September 15, 2009 complaint and October 5, 2009 amended complaint filed by Safe Skies, LLC of Brooklyn, New York and David Tropp of Brooklyn, New York (collectively, “Safe Skies”).  The amended complaint alleges violations of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S., the sale for importation, and the sale within the U.S. after importation of certain dual access locks and products containing same, which allegedly infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 7,021,537 and 7,036,728.

Further, according to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:

  • C&C Luggage Manufacturing Co., Ltd. of China

  • Formosa Tai Rank Industrial Corp. of Taiwan

  • Hangzhou Gema Suitcases & Bags Co. Ltd of China

  • La Pearl Luggage and Leather Goods Co., Ltd. of China

  • Hinomoto Jomae, Ltd. of Japan

  • Sinox Company, Ltd. of Taiwan

  • Yi Feng Manufacturing, Co., Ltd. of China

  • Jin Tay Industries Co., Ltd. of Taiwan

  • FULLYEAR-Brother Enterprise, Co., Ltd. of Taiwan

  • Zhuhai SkyGood Tech. Industrial Corp., Ltd. of China

  • Ningbo Xianfeng Art & Craft Co., Ltd. of China

  • Paloma Enterprises Co., Ltd. of Taiwan

  • Tekraft Industrial Co., Ltd. of Taiwan

  • Hangzhou Travelsky Co., Ltd. of China

  • The Sun Lock Company Ltd. of Hong Kong

  • Alloy Metal Manufactory, Ltd. of Hong Kong

  • Cometform, Ltd. of England

  • Design Go Ltd. of England

  • Franzen International of Germany

  • M-Power Lock Manufactory of Hong Kong

Additionally, Rett Snotherly of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.