November 5, 2008
News Release 08-104
Inv. No. 337-TA-659
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION
ON CERTAIN PREPREGS, LAMINATES, AND FINISHED CIRCUIT BOARDS
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain prepregs, laminates, and finished circuit boards. The products at issue in this investigation are epoxy resin materials used in the production of printed circuit boards for a wide variety of products.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Isola USA Corporation of Chandler, AZ, on October 6, 2008. A supplement to the complaint was filed on October 28, 2008. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain prepregs, laminates, and finished circuit boards that infringe patents owned by Isola. The complainant requests that the ITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.
The ITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
VENTEC Electronics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., of China;
VENTEC Electronics (HK) Co., Ltd., of Hong Kong;
VGL USA LLC of Fullerton, CA;
Taiwan Union Technology Corp. of Taiwan;
ITEQ Corporation of Taiwan;
Guangdong Shengyi Sci. Tech Co., Ltd., of China; and
Sanmina-SCI Corporation of San Jose, CA.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-659), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The ITC's Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the ITC's five administrative law judges (ALJ), who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. The ALJ 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.