The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain photovoltaic cells and products containing the same. 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 Hanwha Q CELLS USA Inc. of Dalton, GA, and Hanwha Q CELLS & Advanced Materials Corporation of Seoul, Republic of Korea, on March 4, 2019. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain photovoltaic cells and products containing the same 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:
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., c/o Conyers Trust Company (Cayman) Limited of George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands;
JinkoSo1ar (U.S.) Inc. of San Francisco, CA;
Jinko Solar (U.S.) Industries Inc. of San Francisco, CA;
Jinko Solar Co., Ltd., of Jiangxi, China;
Zhejiang Jinko Solar Co., Ltd., of Yuanhua Town, Haining City, China;
Jinko Solar Technology Sdn. Bhd. of Kuala Lumpur, Wilaya Persekutuan, Malaysia;
LONGi Solar Technology Co., Ltd., of Xi’an, Shaanxi, China;
LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd., of Xi’an, Shaanxi, China;
LONGi (H.K.) Trading Ltd. of Wanchai, Hong Kong;
LONGi (Kuching) Sdn. Bhd. of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia;
Taizhou LONGi Solar Technology Ltd. of Taizhou, Jiangsu, China;
Zhejiang LONGi Solar Technology Ltd. of Quzhou, Zhejiang, China;
Hefei LONGi Solar Technology Ltd. of Hefei, Anhui, China;
LONGi Solar Technology (U.S.) Inc. of San Ramon, CA;
REC Solar Holdings AS of Oslo, Norway;
REC Solar Pte. Ltd. of Tuas, Singapore; and
REC Americas, LLC, of San Mateo, CA.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1151), 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.