By Eric Schweibenz
On December 8, 2010, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Turbomachinery Blades, Engines and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-751).

The investigation is based on a November 5, 2010 complaint filed by United Technologies Corporation of Hartford, Connecticut alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain turbomachinery blades, engines, and components thereof that infringe U.S. Patent No. RE38,040.  See our November 9, 2010 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified Rolls-Royce Group plc and Rolls-Royce plc, both of the United Kingdom, as respondents in this investigation.

In addition, Thomas S. Fusco of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is identified in the Notice of Investigation as the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Paul J. Luckern issued a notice indicating that Charles E. Bullock will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.