USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Powered Cover Plates

July 18, 2018
News Release 18-089
Inv. No. 337-TA-1124
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Powered Cover Plates

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain powered cover plates.  The products at issue in the investigation are described in the Commission’s Notice of Investigation.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by SnapRays, LLC, d/b/a SnapPower of Vineyard, UT, on June 20, 2018.  The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain powered cover plates that infringe patents asserted by the complainant.  The complainant requests that the USITC issue a general exclusion order, or in the alternative, a limited exclusion order, and cease and desist orders.

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

Ontel Products Corporation of Fairfield, NJ;
Dazone LLC of Ontario, CA;
Shenzhen C-Myway of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
E-Zshop4u LLC of Howey in the Hills, FL;
Desteny Store of Fort Meyers, FL;
Zhongshan Led-Up Light Co. Ltd. of Zhongshan, Guangdong, China;
AllTrade Tools LLC of Cypress, CA;
Guangzhou Sailu Info Tech. Co., Ltd., of Guangzhou, Gunagdong, China;
NEPCI--Zhejiang New-Epoch Communication Industry Co., Ltd., of Yueging, Zhejiang, China;
KCC Industries of Eastvale, CA;
Vistek Technology Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, China;
Enstant Technology Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, China; and
Manufacturers Components Incorporated of Pompano Beach, FL.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1124), 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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