On August 25, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Articulated Coordinate Measuring Arms and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-684).

The investigation is based on a July 28, 2009 complaint filed by Hexagon Metrology AB of Sweden and Hexagon Metrology, Inc. of North Kingstown, Rhode Island.  As we explained in our July 29 post, the complaint alleges violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain articulated coordinate measuring arms and components thereof, which allegedly infringe U.S. Patent No. 5,829,148.

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

  • Metris N.V. of Belgium

  • Metris U.S.A., Inc. of Brighton, Michigan

  • Mitutoyo Corporation of Japan

  • Mitutoyo America Corporation of Aurora, Illinois

Additionally, Mareesa A. Frederick of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.

On August 25, 2009, Chief ALJ Paul J. Luckern issued a notice indicating that ALJ Charles E. Bullock will handle this investigation.