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NEWS RELEASE 03-013; February 7, 2003 February 7, 2003
News Release 03-013
Inv. No. 337-TA-487

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN AGRICULTURAL VEHICLES AND COMPONENTS THEREOF

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain agricultural vehicles and components thereof. The products at issue in this investigation are self-propelled forage harvesters, telehandlers, and agricultural tractors.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Deere & Company of Moline, IL, on January 8, 2003. The complaint 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 "gray-market" self-propelled forage harvesters and telehandlers and components thereof that infringe four registered trademarks owned by Deere. The complaint further alleges violations of section 337 in the importation and sale of certain agricultural tractors and components thereof that infringe and cause the dilution of three registered trademarks owned by Deere. The complainant requests that the ITC issue a permanent general 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-487), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the the Hon. Paul J. Luckern, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Luckern 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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