By Eric Schweibenz
On January 17, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Load Supporting Systems, Including Composite Mat Systems and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1095).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 15, 2017 complaint filed by Newpark Mats & Integrated Services LLC of The Woodlands, 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 load supporting systems, including composite mat systems, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,511,257 and 6,695,527. See our December 20, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Checkers Industrial Products, LLC of Broomfield, Colorado, Checkers Safety Group UK LTD of the United Kingdom, and Zigma Ground Solutions LTD of the United Kingdom 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 ALJ Thomas B. Pender will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.