February 27, 2024
News Release 24-017
Inv. No(s). 337-TA-1391
Contact: Philip Stone, 202-205-1819

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) voted to institute an investigation of certain network equipment supporting NETCONF. 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 Optimum Communications Services, Inc., of Jersey City, NJ, on January 19, 2024, and supplemented on February 2, 2024, and February 5, 2024. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain network equipment supporting NETCONF that infringe patents asserted by the complainant. The complainant requests that the USITC issue a general exclusion order and cease and desist orders. 

The USITC has identified the following respondents in this investigation:

  • Changsha Silun Network Technology Co., Ltd. of Hunan, China; 
  • Hunan Maiqiang Network Technology Company Limited of Hunan, China; 
  • Hunan Zikun Information Technology Co., Ltd. of Hunan, China; and 
  • Guangzhou Qiton Electronics Technology Co., Ltd. of Guangdong, China. 

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1391), 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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