By Eric Schweibenz
On December 24, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Restraining Systems For Transport Containers, Components Thereof, and Methods of Using Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-696).

The investigation is based on a November 24, 2009 complaint and December 9 and 11, 2009 letters supplementing the complaint filed by Matthew Bullock of Mclean, Virginia and Walnut Industries, Inc. of Bensalem, Pennsylvania (collectively, “Walnut”) alleging violations of Section 337 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain restraining systems for transport containers and components thereof that infringe certain patents and registered copyrights asserted by Walnut, and by reason of false advertising and misrepresentation.  See our November 27 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Qingdao Auront Industry & Trade Co., Ltd of China as the respondent in this investigation.

Further, Kecia J. Reynolds of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is identified on the Notice of Investigation as the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Paul J. Luckern issued a notice assigning ALJ E. James Gildea as the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.