August 20, 2003
News Release 03-086
Inv. No. 337-TA-497


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain universal transmitters for garage door openers. The products at issue in this investigation are radio-frequency transmitters that may be used to operate garage door opening systems of a variety of manufacturers.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by The Chamberlain Group, Inc., of Elmhurst, IL, on July 16, 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 universal transmitters for garage door openers that infringe patents owned by Chamberlain and violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The complainant requests that the ITC issue a temporary exclusion order and temporary cease and desist orders, and 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-497), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to 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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