July 19, 2002
News Release 02-061
Inv. No. 337-TA-473


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain video game systems, accessories, and components thereof.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Microsoft Corporation of Redmond, WA, on June 21, 2002. 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 video game system accessories that violate design patents owned by Microsoft. The complainant requests that the ITC issue a permanent general exclusion order and a permanent cease and desist order.

The ITC has identified Ultimate Game Club Ltd., of Old Saybrook, CT, as the respondent in the investigation.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-473), 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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