On September 2, 2009, the ITC issued a Notice of Investigation concerning Certain Bulk Welding Wire Containers and Components Thereof and Welding Wire (Inv. No. 337-TA-686).The investigation is based on a complaint filed by The Lincoln Electric Company, Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio and Lincoln Global Inc. of City of Industry, California (collectively, "Lincoln"). As we explained in our August 7 post, the complaint alleges unlawful importation into the U.S., sale for importation, and sale within the U.S. after importation, of certain bulk welding wire containers and components thereof and welding wire, which allegedly infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 6,260,781, 6,648,141, 6,708,864, 6,913,145, 7,309,038, 7,398,881, and 7,410,111.

According to the Notice, the Commission has named the following respondents in the investigation:

• Atlantic China Welding Consumables, Inc. of China
• ESAB AB of Sweden
• Hyundai Welding Co., Ltd of South Korea
• Kiswel Co., Ltd. of South Korea
• Sidergas SpA of Italy

The Notice identifies Benjamin Levi of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations as the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.