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NEWS RELEASE 03-006; January 22, 2003 January 22, 2003
News Release 03-006
Inv. No. 337-TA-485

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN TRUCK BED RAMPS AND COMPONENTS THEREOF

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain truck bed ramps and components thereof. The products at issue are ramps designed to load small vehicles such as lawn mowers and garden tractors into the bed of a truck.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Charles D. Walkden of Homer, Alaska, on December 20, 2002, and amended on January 7, 2003. The complaint, as amended, 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 truck bed ramps and components thereof that infringe a patent owned by Walkden. The complainant requests that the ITC issue a permanent exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders.

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

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-485), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable Charles E. Bullock, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Bullock 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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