August 15, 2002
News Release 02-072
Inv. No. 337-TA-477


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain ammonium octamolybdate isomers. The products at issue in this investigation, which are commonly referred to as "X-AOM," are used as a smoke suppressant additive for plastic materials.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Climax Molybdenum Company of Phoenix, AZ, on July 18, 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 ammonium octamolybdate isomers that infringe a patent owned by Climax. The complainant requests that the ITC issue an exclusion order and a permanent cease and desist order.

The ITC has identified Molychem LLC of Rockford, IL, as the respondent in the investigation.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-477), 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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