The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain computer cables, chargers, adapters, peripheral devices, and packaging containing the same. The products at issue in the investigation are electronics accessories, such as charging cables, and their packaging.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Belkin International, Inc., of Playa Vista, CA, on November 12, 2015. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the sale for importation into the United States of certain computer cables, chargers, adapters, peripheral devices, and packaging containing the same that infringe trademarks asserted by the complainant. The complainant requests that the USITC issue a general exclusion order, or alternatively a limited exclusion order, and cease and desist orders.
The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
Dongguan Pinte Electronic Co., Ltd., of Shijie Town, Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, China; and
Donguang Shijie Fresh Electronic Products Factory of Shijie Town, Dongguan city, Guangdong Province, China.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-975), 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.