By Eric Schweibenz
On January 24, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Soft-Edged Trampolines And Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-908).

The investigation is based on a December 24, 2013 complaint and December 31, 2013 and January 14, 2014 supplements to the complaint filed by Springfree Trampoline, Inc., Springfree Trampoline USA Inc., and Springfree Limited Partnership – all of Canada – alleging violations of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain soft-edged trampolines and components thereof that infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,319,174.  See our December 31, 2013 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Vuly Trampolines Pty Ltd. of Australia as the respondent in this investigation.  The Notice of Investigation further indicates that the Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party in this investigation. 

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that Thomas B. Pender will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.