By Eric Schweibenz
On May 20, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“the Commission”) issued a notice and order instituting enforcement proceedings in Certain Two-Way Global Satellite Communication Devices, System and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-854). 

By way of background, on April 10, 2013, BriarTek IP, Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia (“BriarTek”) filed an enforcement complaint alleging that DeLorme Publishing Co., Inc. and DeLorme InReach LLC d/b/a InReach LLC (collectively, “DeLorme”)—both of Yarmouth, Maine—violated the consent order entered in the underlying investigation.  See our April 11, 2013 post for additional details.

In view of these alleged violations of the consent order, BriarTek requested that the Commission institute a formal enforcement proceeding pursuant to 19 C.F.R. § 210.75.  The Commission determined that BriarTek’s complaint, asserting that DeLorme continues to sell global satellite communication systems in the United States, complies with the requirements for instituting a formal enforcement proceeding.  As such, the proceeding has been commenced in order to determine what, if any, enforcement measures are appropriate. 

Last, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that Robert K Rogers, Jr. will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.