By Eric Schweibenz
On November 3, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain LED Lighting Devices, LED Power Supplies, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1081).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 21, 2017 complaint filed by Philips Lighting North America Corp. of Somerset, New Jersey and Philips Lighting Holding B.V. of the Netherlands 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 LED lighting devices, LED power supplies, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,586,890; 7,038,399; 7,256,554; 7,262,559; and 8,070,328. See our September 29, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified the following as the respondents in this matter:

  • Feit Electric Company, Inc. of Pico Rivera, California
  • Feit Electric Company, Inc. (China) of China
  • Lowe’s Companies, Inc. of Mooresville, North Carolina
  • L G Sourcing, Inc. of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
  • MSi Lighting, Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida
  • Satco Products, Inc. of Brentwood, New York
  • Topaz Lighting Corp. of Holtsville, New York
  • Wangs Alliance Corp. d/b/a WAC Lighting Co. of Port Washington, New York
  • WAC Lighting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. of China

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 Dee Lord will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.