January 2, 2004
News Release 04-001
Inv. No. 337-TA-502

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN AUTOMOBILE TAIL LIGHT LENSES AND PRODUCTS INCORPORATING SAME

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain automobile tail light lenses and products incorporating same.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Jens E. Sorensen, as trustee of the Sorensen Research and Development Trust, of San Diego, CA, on December 1, 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 automobile tail light lenses and products incorporating same that infringe a patent owned by the SRD Trust. 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-502), 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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