On July 20, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission voted to institute an investigation of Certain Lighting Control Devices Including Dimmer Switches and Parts Thereof (337-TA-681).

The investigation is based on a June 23, 2009 complaint filed by Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.  As we explained in our June 25 post, the complaint alleges that Neptun Light, Inc. (“Neptun”) of Lake Bluff, Illinois unlawfully imports into the U.S., sells for importation, or sells within the U.S. after importation certain lighting control devices and parts thereof that infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,637,930 (“the ‘930 patent”).

According to the Notice of Investigation, Benjamin Levi of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.

In addition, on July 20, 2009, Chief ALJ Paul J. Luckern issued a notice indicating that ALJ Robert K. Rogers, Jr. will handle this investigation.