By Eric Schweibenz
On June 24, 2011, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Protective Cases and Components Thereof  (Inv. No. 337-TA-780).

The investigation is based on a May 25, 2011 complaint and June 16, 2011 supplement to the complaint filed by Otter Products, LLC of Fort Collins, Colorado alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain protective cases and components thereof that infringe U.S. Patent No. 7,933,122, one or more of U.S. Design Patent Nos. D600,908, D617,784, D615,536, D617,785, D634,741, and D636,386, and one or more of U.S. Trademark Registration Nos. 3,788,534, 3,788,535, 3,623,789, and 3,795,187.  See our May 27, 2011 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified the following entities as the respondents in this investigation:

  • A.G. Findings and Mfg. Co., Inc. d/b/a Ballistic of Sunrise, Florida

  • AFC Trident Inc. of Chino, California

  • Alibaba.com Hong Kong Ltd. of China

  • Anbess Electronics Co. Ltd. of China

  • Cellairis Franchise, Inc. of Alpharetta, Georgia

  • Cellet Products of Santa Fe Springs, California

  • DHgate.com of China

  • Griffin Technology, Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee

  • Guangzhou Evotech Industry Co., Ltd. of China

  • Hardcandy Cases LLC of Sacramento, California

  • Hoffco Brands, Inc. of Wheat Ridge, Colorado

  • Hong Kong Better Technology Group Ltd. of China

  • Hong Kong HJJ Co. Ltd. of China

  • Hypercel Corporation d/b/a Naztech Technologies of Valencia, California

  • InMotion Entertainment of Jacksonville, Florida

  • MegaWatts Computers, LLC of Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • National Cellular of Brooklyn, New York

  • OEMBargain.com of Wantagh, New York

  • One Step Up Ltd. of New York, New York

  • Papaya Holdings Ltd. of Hong Kong

  • Quanyun Electronics Co., Ltd. of China

  • ShenZhen Star & Way Trade Co., Ltd. d/b/a DHgate sellers Best8168 and Julyoung Guangzhou Chaoshanglong Company of China

  • Sinatech Industrial Co., Ltd. of China

  • SmileCase of Windsor Mill, Maryland

  • Suntel Global Investment Ltd. of China

  • TheCaseInPoint.com of Titusville, Florida

  • TheCaseSpace of Fort Collins, Colorado

  • Topter Technology Co. Ltd. of China

  • Trait Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. of China