By Eric Schweibenz
On September 18, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Sintered Rare Earth Magnets, Methods of Making Same and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-855).

The investigation is based on an August 17, 2012 complaint and a September 5, 2012 letter supplementing the complaint filed by Hitachi Metals, Ltd. of Japan and Hitachi Metals North Carolina, Ltd. of China Grove, North Carolina alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain sintered rare earth magnets, methods of making same and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,461,565, 6,491,765, 6,527,874, and 6,537,385.  See our August 22, 2012 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified the following entities as the respondents in this investigation:

  • Yantai Zhenghai Magnetic Material Co., Ltd. of China

  • Ningbo Jinji Strong Magnetic Material Co., Ltd. of China

  • Earth-Panda Advance Magnetic Material Co., Ltd. of China

  • Skullcandy, Inc. of San Clemente, California

  • Beats Electronics, LLC of Santa Monica, California

  • Monster Cable Products, Inc. of Brisbane, California

  • Bose Corp. of Framingham, Massachusetts

  • Callaway Golf Co. of Carlsbad, California

  • Taylor Made Golf Co. of Carlsbad, California

  • Adidas America, Inc. of Portland, Oregon

  • Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. of Brookfield, Wisconsin

  • Techtronic Industries Co., Ltd. of Hong Kong

  • DeWALT Industrial Tool Corp. of Towson, Maryland

  • Electro-Voice, Inc. of Burnsville, Minnesota

  • Shure, Inc. of Niles, Illinois

  • AKG Acoustics GmbH of Austria

  • Harman International Industries of Stamford, Connecticut

  • Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. of Fall River, Massachusetts

  • Dr. Fritz Faulhaber GmbH & Co., KG of Germany

  • Micromo Electronics, Inc. of Clearwater, Florida

  • TELEX Communications, Inc. of Burnsville, Minnesota

  • Bosch Security Systems, Inc. of Burnsville, Minnesota

  • Electro-Optics Technology, Inc. of Traverse City, Michigan

  • Nexteer Automotive Corp. of Saginaw, Michigan

  • Bunting Magnetics Co. of Newton, Kansas

  • Viona Corp. of Syosset, New York

  • Allstar Magnetics LLC of Vancouver, Washington

  • Dura Magnetics, Inc. of Sylvania, Ohio

  • Integrated Magnetics, Inc. of Culver City, California

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that Theodore R. Essex will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.