USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Barcode Scanners, Scan Engines, Products Containing the Same, and Components Thereof

June 27, 2019
News Release 19-059
Inv. No. 337-TA-1165
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Barcode Scanners, Scan Engines, Products Containing the Same, and Components Thereof

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain barcode scanners, scan engines, products containing the same, and components thereof.  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 Honeywell International, Inc. of Morris Plains, NJ, and Hand Held Products, Inc., and Metrologic Instruments, Inc., both of Fort Mill, SC, on May 31, 2019.  Supplements to the complaint were filed on June 7, 17, and 18, 2019.  The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain barcode scanners, scan engines, products containing the same, and components thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainants.  The complainants request that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.

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

Opticon, Inc., of Renton, WA;
Opticon Sensors Europe B.V. of Hoofddorp, The Netherlands;
OPTO Electronics Co., Ltd., of Warabi-city Saitama Pref., Japan; and
Hokkaido Electronic Industry Co., Ltd., of Ashibetsu-shi, Hokkaido, Japan.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1165), 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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