By Eric Schweibenz
On October 25, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Shaving Cartridges, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1079).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 25, 2017 complaint filed by The Gillette Company LLC of Boston, Massachusetts 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 shaving cartridges, components thereof, and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 9,193,077. See our September 27, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Edgewell Personal Care Company of Chesterfield, Missouri, Edgewell Personal Care Brands, LLC of Shelton, Connecticut, Edgewell Personal Care, LLC of Shelton, Connecticut, Schick Manufacturing, Inc. of Shelton, Connecticut, and Schick (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd. of China as the 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.