The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of
certain articulated coordinate measuring arms and components thereof. The products at issue in
this investigation are used to control manufacturing processes that rely on precisely measuring
the dimensions of products.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Hexagon Metrology AB of Sweden and Hexagon Metrology, Inc., of North Kingstown, RI (Hexagon), on July 28, 2009. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain articulated coordinate measuring arms and components thereof that infringe a patent asserted by Hexagon. The complainants request that the USITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.
The USITC has identified the following respondents in this investigation:
Metris N.V. of Belgium;
Metris U.S.A., Inc., of Brighton, MI;
Mitutoyo Corporation of Japan; and
Mitutoyo America Corporation of Aurora, IL.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-684), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The USITC's Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the USITC's six 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 USITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. USITC 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.