15 May 2019
Scheduling of Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Pipe Fittings. The USITC has scheduled the expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from mainland China. The staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 15 May and a public version will be issued thereafter. Comments and statements are due by 21 May and may not contain new factual information.
Expedited Sunset Reviews of AD/CV Duty Orders on Woven Sacks, AD Duty Orders on Various Products. The USITC has decided to conduct expedited sunset reviews of the AD and CV duty orders on laminated woven sacks as well as the AD duty orders on persulfates, hot-rolled steel and steel wire garment hangers from mainland China. As opposed to full reviews, expedited reviews do not include a public hearing or the issuance of questionnaires.
New IPR Probe on Luxury Vinyl Tile. The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain interlocking luxury vinyl tile floor panels and components thereof from mainland China are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The complainants request that after this investigation the USITC issue a general exclusion order as well as cease and desist orders.
Public Interest Input Sought in IPR Investigation on Electrical Connectors. The presiding administrative law judge in the Section 337 investigation involving certain electrical connectors, components thereof and products containing the same from mainland China is recommending that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order in this proceeding. The USITC is seeking input by 21 May on any public interest issues raised by the recommended relief.
Remedy Comments Sought in IPR Probe of Arrow Rests. In its Section 337 investigation of certain full-capture arrow rests and components thereof from mainland China, the USITC’s presiding administrative law judge has found a violation involving certain claims related to one U.S. patent. The USITC is inviting public comments by 22 May on (i) the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered if a violation is found, (ii) the effects of any such remedy on the public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, U.S. production of articles that are like or directly competitive with those that are subject to investigation, and U.S. consumers, and (iii) the amount of the bond under which infringing articles could continue to enter the United States during the 60-day period the president has to review any USITC-ordered remedy.