By Eric Schweibenz and John Presper
On July 17, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Carburetors and Products Containing Such Carburetors (Inv. No. 337-TA-1123).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a June 12, 2018 complaint filed by Walbro, LLC of Tucson Arizona (“Walbro”) alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain carburetors and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,394,424 (the ’424 patent), 6,439,547 (the ’547 patent), 6,533,254 (the ’254 patent), 6,540,212 (the ’212 patent), and 7,070,173 (the ’173 patent). See our June 12, 2018 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified the following respondents in this matter:

  • Ruixing Carburetor Manufacturing Co., Ltd, Zhejiang of China
  • Huayi Carburetor Factory of China
  • Tillotson of Ireland
  • Fujian Hualong Carburetor Co., Ltd. of China
  • Fuding Guangda General Machinery Co., Ltd. of China
  • Wuyi Henghai Tools Co., Ltd. of China
  • Fuding Youyi Trade Co., Ltd. of China
  • Amazon.com, Inc. of Seattle, Washington
  • Amerisun Inc. of Itasca, Illinois
  • Ardisam, Inc. of Cumberland, Wisconsin
  • Buffalo Corporation of O’Fallon, Missouri
  • Cabela’s Inc. of Sidney, Nebraska
  • Champion Power Equipment, Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, California
  • Feldman Eng. & Mfg. Co., Inc. of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
  • FNA Group, Inc. of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
  • Frictionless World, LLC of Denver, Colorado
  • Generac Power Systems, Inc. of Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Husqvarna Professional Products, Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Imperial Industrial Supply Co. d/b/a Duromax Power Equipment of Ontario, California
  • KMART Corp. of Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Lowe’s Companies, Inc. of Mooresville, North Carolina
  • Mat Industries, LLC of Lake Zurich, Illinois
  • Menards, Inc. of Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • MTD Products Inc. of Valley City, Ohio
  • North American Tool Industries of Huntington, Indiana
  • Northern Tool & Equipment Co., Inc. of Burnsville, Minnesota
  • QV Tools LLC of Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Sears, Roebuck and Co. of Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Target Corp. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Techtronics Industries Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong d/b/a Techtronic Industries Power Equipment
  • The Home Depot, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Thunderbay Products of Clayton, Wisconsin
  • Tool Tuff Direct LLC of Golden, Colorado
  • Tractor Supply Company of Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Walmart, Inc. of Bentonville, Arkansas

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that he will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.