September 10, 2003
News Release 03-090
Inv. No. 337-TA-498

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN INSECT TRAPS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain insect traps. The products at issue in this investigation are insect traps for commercial and residential use that attract, capture, and disable insects, principally mosquitos, using an insect attractant combined with suction that draws the insects into the trap.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by American Biophysics Corporation of East Greenwich, RI, on August 8, 2003, and supplemented on August 27. 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 insect traps that infringe patents owned by American Biophysics Corporation. The complainant requests that the ITC issue a permanent exclusion order and a permanent cease and desist order.

The ITC has identified the Blue Rhino Corporation of Winston-Salem, NC, as the respondent in this investigation.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-498), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable Sidney Harris, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Harris 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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