25 March 2016
Initiation of AD Injury Investigation of R-134a. The USITC has initiated an AD injury investigation of mainland Chinese 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane (R–134a) classified under HTSUS 2903.39.20. The schedule for the preliminary phase of this investigation is as follows: return questionnaires were due by 17 March, a conference will be held on 24 March, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 29 March, and the USITC will issue its preliminary determination by 18 April (a vote has been scheduled for 15 April).
Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Lorry/Bus Tyres. The USITC has issued preliminary affirmative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of mainland Chinese lorry and bus tyres. As a result, the DOC will continue its AD and CV duty investigations of imports of subject merchandise. The DOC is scheduled to issue its preliminary CV determination on 25 April and its preliminary AD determination on 7 July.
Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Candles. The USITC has decided to conduct an expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on petroleum wax candles from mainland China. The review will seek to determine whether revocation of this order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to a domestic industry within a reasonably foreseeable time. As opposed to full reviews, expedited reviews do not include a public hearing or the issuance of questionnaires.
New Section 337 Investigation on Pumping Bras. The USITC has launched a Section 337 patent infringement investigation of certain mainland Chinese nursing bras that allow for hands-free pumping. The complainant is requesting the USITC to issue a general exclusion order (or alternatively a limited exclusion order) as well as a cease and desist order.
IPR Import Restrictions Imposed on Personal Transporters. In a patent and copyright infringement investigation involving certain mainland Chinese personal transporters, components thereof and manuals therefor, the USITC has determined to issue (i) a general exclusion order barring the unlicenced entry of subject transporters that infringe one patent asserted by the complainants; (ii) a limited exclusion order prohibiting the unlicenced entry of infringing personal transporters, components thereof and manuals therefor manufactured abroad by or on behalf of certain respondents that are covered by one or more asserted patents and copyright; and (iii) a cease and desist order against one domestic defaulting respondent. The USITC has also determined that a bond in the amount of 100 percent of the entered value is required to permit temporary importation of these articles during the 60-day period the president has to review this remedy