By Eric SchweibenzOn November 21, 2012, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued the public version of Order No. 25 (dated November 6, 2012) in Certain Sintered Rare Earth Magnets, Methods of Making Same, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-855).
According to the Order, ALJ Bullock granted a joint motion filed by Complainants Hitachi Metals, Ltd. and Hitachi Metals North Carolina, Ltd. (collectively, “Hitachi”) and Respondent Adidas America, Inc. (“Adidas”) to terminate the investigation as to Adidas based on good cause. According to the Order, Hitachi and Adidas represented that (i) Adidas “does not make, use, sell, offer to sell or import for sale any products that incorporate sintered Nd-Fe-B magnets,” and (ii) “to the extent that Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc. … makes, uses, sells, offers to sell or imports for sale products that incorporate sintered Nd-Fe-B magnets and markets the products under the Adidas trademark, Taylor Made does so pursuant to a trademark license allowing Taylor Made to mark its products with the Adidas trademark.”
The investigation remains pending against other Respondents.