USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation Concerning Certain Collapsible Sockets for Electronic Devices and Components Thereof

May 10, 2017
News Release 17-070
Inv. No. 337-TA-1056
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation Concerning Certain Collapsible Sockets for Electronic Devices and Components Thereof

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain collapsible sockets for electronic devices and components thereof.  The products at issue in the investigation are accessories that can be secured to a mobile device and used, for example, as a collapsible grip, stand, or cord wrap.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by PopSockets LLC of Boulder, CO, on April 10, 2017.  The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain collapsible sockets for electronic devices and components thereof that infringe a patent asserted by the complainant.  The complainant requests that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.

The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:

Agomax Group Ltd. of Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong;
Guangzhou Xi Xun Electronics Co., Ltd., of Guangzhou, Guangdong, China;
Shenzhen Chuanghui Industry Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Shenzhen VII Electonic Limited of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Shenzhen Yright Technology Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Hangzhou Hangkai Technology Co., Ltd., of Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China;
Shenzhen Kinsen Technology Co., Limited, of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Shenzhen Enruize Technology Co., Ltd., of Futian District, Shenzhen, China;
Shenzhen Showerstar Industrial Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Shenzhen Lamye Technology Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Jiangmen Besnovo Electronics Co., Ltd., of Jiangmen, Guangdong, China;
Shenzhen Belking Electronic Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Yiwu Wentou Import & Export Co., Ltd., of Jinhua, Zhejiang, China; and
Shenzhen CEX Electronic Co., Limited, of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1056), 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.

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