By Eric Schweibenz and John Presper
On October 1, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Strength-Training Systems and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1135).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 4, 2018 complaint filed by Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc. of Poway, California alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain strength-training systems and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,549,949 (“the ’949 patent”), 7,563,209 (“the ’209 patent”), 7,594,880 (“the ’880 patent”), 7,654,938 (“the ’938 patent”), and 7,976,440 (“the ’440 patent”). See our September 4, 2018 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified TuffStuff Fitness International, Inc. of Chino, California and Shandong Relax Health Industry Co., Ltd. of China as respondents in this matter:

The Notice of Investigation further indicates that the Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party in the investigation.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that David P. Shaw will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.

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