December 29, 2005
News Release 05-153
Inv. No. 337-TA-557
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN AUTOMOTIVE PARTS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain automotive parts. The products at issue in this investigation are various automotive parts designed to be used for the Ford F-150 pickup truck.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Ford Global Technologies, LLC, of Dearborn, MI, on December 2, 2005. 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 automotive parts that infringe patents owned by Ford Global Technologies. The complainant requests that the ITC issue a permanent general exclusion order and a permanent cease and desist order.

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

Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc., of Pamona, CA;
U.S. Autoparts Network, Inc., of Carson, CA;
Gordon Auto Body Parts Co., Ltd., of Taiwan;
Y.C.C. Parts Manufacturing Co., Ltd., of Taiwan;
TYC Brother Industrial Co., Ltd., of Taiwan; and
Depo Auto Parts Ind. Co., Ltd., of Taiwan.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-557), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable 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 U.S. Trade Representative within that 60-day period.

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