By Eric Schweibenz
On May 29, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Drill Bits and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-844).

The investigation is based on an April 25, 2012 complaint filed by Boart Longyear Company and Longyear TM, Inc.—both of South Jordan, Utah alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain drill bits and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,828,090, 7,874,384, and 8,051,929.  See our April 26, 2012 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified Boyles Bros Diamantina S.A. of Peru, Christensen Chile S.A. of Chile, Diamantina Christensen Trading Inc. of Panama, and Intermountain Drilling Supply Corp. of West Valley City, Utah as the respondents in this investigation.  The Notice of Investigation further indicates that the Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party in this investigation.

Additionally, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that E. James Gildea will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.