By Eric Schweibenz
On November 17, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Insulated Beverage Containers, Components, Labels, and Packaging Materials Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1084).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 28, 2017 complaint filed by YETI Coolers, LLC of Austin, Texas 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 insulated beverage containers, components, labels, and packaging materials thereof that infringe U.S. Patent Nos. D752,397; D780,533; D781,146; and D784,775 as well as various YETI trademarks and copyrights. See our October 2, 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:

  • Alibaba (China) Technology Co., Ltd. of Hong Kong
  • Alibaba Group Holding Limited c/o Alibaba Group Services Limited of Hong Kong
  • Alibaba.com Hong Kong Limited of Hong Kong
  • Alibaba.com Singapore E-Commerce Private Limited of Hong Kong
  • Bonanza.com, Inc. of Seattle, Washington
  • ContextLogic, Inc. d/b/a Wish of San Francisco, California
  • Dunhuang Group of China
  • Hangzhou Alibaba Advertising Co., Ltd. of Hong Kong
  • Huizhou Dashu Trading Co., Ltd. of China
  • Huagong Trading Co., Ltd. of China
  • Tan Er Pa Technology Co., Ltd. of Hong Kong
  • Shenzhen Great Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. of China
  • SZ Flowerfairy Technology Ltd. of China

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