By Eric Schweibenz
On May 8, 2014, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice regarding the Initial Determination (“ID”) in Certain Windshield Wipers and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-881). 

By way of background, this investigation was instituted by the ITC on June 11, 2013 based on a complaint filed by Federal-Mogul Corporation and Federal-Mogul S.A. alleging violation of Section 337 by Respondents Trico Corporation, Trico Products, and Trico Components SA de CV in the importation and/or sale of certain windshield wiper devices and components thereof that infringe claims 1-14 of U.S. Patent No. 8,347,449 (the ‘449 patent).  See our May 13, 2013 and June 10, 2013 posts for more details on the complaint and notice of investigation, respectively.

According to the notice, ALJ Bullock found that a violation of Section 337 has occurred in this investigation based on importation in the U.S., the sale for importation, or sale within the U.S. after importation of certain windshield wiper devices and components thereof with respect to the ‘449 patent.

The notice issued by ALJ Bullock released only limited information.  We will provide additional information once the public version of the ID issues in its entirety.