March 21, 2014
News Release 14-025
Inv. No. 337-TA-911
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION
OF CERTAIN LITHIUM SILICATE MATERIALS
AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING THE SAME
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain lithium silicate materials and products containing the same. The products at issue in this investigation are lithium silicate materials that can be processed and converted into dental-restorative products, such as crowns, inlays, onlays, and bridges.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Ivoclar Vivadent AG of Schaan, Liechtenstein; Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc., of Amherst, NY; and Ivoclar Vivadent Manufacturing Inc. of Somerset, NJ, on February 19, 2014. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain lithium silicate materials and products containing same that infringe patents asserted by the complainants. The complainants request that the USITC issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders.
The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
Dentsply International, Inc., of York, PA;
Dentsply Prosthetics U.S. LLC a/k/a Dentsply Ceramco of York, PA; and
DeguDent GmbH of Hanau-Wolfgang, Germany.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-911), 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.