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NEWS RELEASE 98-024; APRIL 14, 1998 April 14, 1998
News Release 98-024
Inv. No. 337-TA-407

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN REMODULATING CHANNEL SELECTORS AND SYSTEMS CONTAINING SAME

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain remodulating channel selectors and systems containing same. The products at issue in this investigation are used in optical comunication systems to provide compatibility between new capacity-increasing technology and existing telecommunications equipment.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by CIENA Corporation of Linthicum, MD, March 12, 1998. The complaint, as amended and supplemented, alleges a violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain remodulating channel selectors and systems containing same that infringe a U.S. patent owned by CIENA. In its complaint, CIENA requests that the ITC issue a permanent exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders barring the importation into and sale within the United States of the allegedly infringing products.

The ITC has identified the following companies as respondents in the investigation:

Pirelli S.p.A. of Milan, Italy;
Pirelli Cavi e Sistemi S.p.A. of Milan, Italy; and,
Pirelli Cables & Systems LLC of Lexington, South Carolina.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-407), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold a hearing. The administrative law judge will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.

The ITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the ITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. ITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the President of the United States within that 60-day period.

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