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USITC Notices

AD Duty Order on Roller Bearings Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on tapered roller bearings from mainland China. As a result, this order will be extended for another five years.

Scheduling of Final Phase of AD/CV Injury Investigations of Large Diameter Pipe
The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of large diameter welded pipe from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 25 October and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 31 October; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 1 November; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 5 November; the hearing will be held on 6 November; post-hearing briefs are due by 13 November; and final comments are due by 3 December.

Expedited Sunset Reviews of AD Duty Orders on Rebar, Xanthan Gum and Sodium Hexametaphosphate
The USITC has decided to conduct expedited sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on steel concrete reinforcing bar, xanthan gum and sodium hexametaphosphate from mainland China. As opposed to full reviews, expedited reviews do not include a public hearing or the issuance of questionnaires.

Remedy Comments Sought in Section 337 Probe of Radio Equipment
In its Section 337 investigation of two-way radio equipment and systems, related software and components thereof from mainland China, the USITC has determined to review various aspects of the administrative law judge’s finding that the importation, sale for importation and sale within the United States after importation of such goods are infringing patents asserted by the complainant. The ALJ recommended that the USITC issue limited exclusion orders against the infringing products and a cease and desist order against the respondents. 

The USITC is now inviting comments through 18 September on (i) the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered in this investigation; (ii) the effects of any such remedy on public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, domestic production of articles that are like or directly competitive with those that are subject to the investigation, and U.S. consumers; and (iii) the amount of the bond under which infringing articles may continue to enter the United States during the 60-day period the president has to review any USITC-ordered remedy. The USITC is also asking the complainant to provide the dates that the patents at issue expire, the HTSUS numbers under which the accused articles are imported, and a list of known importers of the accused products.

Section 337 Modification Proceeding of Access Control Systems
In its patent infringement investigation of certain access control systems and components thereof from Hong Kong and mainland China, the USITC has instituted a proceeding to (i) determine whether allegedly redesigned garage door opener products infringe the patent that is the subject of the remedial orders issued in this investigation and (ii) modify those orders to specify the status of those redesigned products. A recommended determination is due within six months.

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