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NEWS RELEASE 00-013; JANUARY 21, 2000 January 21, 2000
News Release 00-013
Inv. No. 337-TA-426

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION
ON CERTAIN SPIRAL GRILLED PRODUCTS INCLUDING DUCTED FANS
AND COMPONENTS THEREOF

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain spiral grilled products including ducted fans and components thereof. The products at issue in this investigation are fans, heaters, and other products with spiral grills.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Vornado Air Circulation Systems, Inc., of Andover, KS, on November 26, 1999. The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations 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 spiral grilled products including ducted fans and components thereof that infringe a patent owned by Vornado and misappropriate Vorando's alleged trade dress in their spiral grill design. In its complaint, the complainants request that the ITC issue permanent exclusion and permanent cease and desist orders.

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

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-426), 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 an evidentiary 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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