On January 22, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Paper Shredders, Certain Processes for Manufacturing or Relating to Same and Certain Products Containing Same and Certain Parts Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-863).
The investigation is based on a December 20, 2012 complaint filed by Fellowes, Inc., of Itasca, Illinois and Fellowes Office Products (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. of Suzhou, China alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain paper shredders that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Design Patent Nos. D583,859 and D598,048. See our December 21, 2012 post for more details.
According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified the following companies as the respondents in this investigation:
- New United Co. Group Ltd. of Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China;
- Jiangsu New United Office Equipments Co. Ltd. of Yaoguan, Jiangsu Province, China;
- Shenzhen Elite Business Office Equipment Co. Ltd. of Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China;
- Elite Business Machines Ltd. of Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China;
- New United Office Equipment USA, Inc. of Northbrook, Illinois;
- Jiangsu Shinri Machinery Co. Ltd. of Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China;
- Zhou Licheng of Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China;
- Randall Graves of Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China; and
- “Jessica” Wang Chongge of Xi’an City, Shaanzi Province, China
Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that Thomas B. Pender will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.