January 25, 2022
News Release 22-012
Inv. No(s). 337-TA-1294
Contact: Jennifer Andberg, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of High-Performance Gravity-Fed Water Filters and Products Containing the Same

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of high-performance gravity-fed water filters 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 Brita LP of Neuchatel, NE, Switzerland on December 27, 2021.  The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of high-performance gravity-fed water filters 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 the respondents this investigation:

EcoLife Technologies, Inc., of City of Industry, CA; 
Qingdao Ecopure Filter Co., Ltd. of Environmental Protection Industry Zone Jimo, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China; 
Kaz USA, Inc., of El Paso, TX; 
Helen of Troy Limited, of El Paso, TX; 
Zero Technologies, LLC, of Trevose, PA; 
Culligan International Co., of Rosemont, IL; 
Vestergaard Frandsen Inc., of Baltimore, MD; 
Mavea LLC, of West Linn, OR; and 
Brita GmbH, of Taunusstein, Germany.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1294), 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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