By Eric Schweibenz
On June 7, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Composite Aerogel Insulation Materials and Methods for Manufacturing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1003).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a May 5, 2016 complaint filed by Aspen Aerogels, Inc. of Northborough, Massachusetts alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawfully importing into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain composite aerogel insulation materials that infringe—or are made, produced, or processed by a process that infringes—one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,078,359; 7,399,439; 6,989,123; 7,780,890; and 9,181,486.  See our May 5, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Nano Tech Co., Ltd. and Guangdong Alison Hi-Tech Co., Ltd.—both of China—as the the respondents.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Bullock issued a notice indicating that MaryJoan McNamara will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.