January 24, 2014
News Release 14-011
Inv. No. 337-TA-908
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION
OF CERTAIN SOFT-EDGED TRAMPOLINES AND COMPONENTS THEREOF
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain soft-edged trampolines and components thereof. The products at issue in this investigation are trampolines designed so no hard surfaces or components are situated adjacent to the surface of the trampoline mat.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Springfree Trampoline, Inc.; Springfree Trampoline USA, Inc.; and Spring Free Limited Partnership, all of Markham, Ontario, Canada, on December 24, 2013. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain soft-edged trampolines and components thereof that infringe a patent asserted by the complainants. The complainants request that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order.
The USITC has identified Vuly Trampolines Pty. Ltd. of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, as the respondent in this investigation.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-908), 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 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.