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Certain Ink Jet Print Cartridges and Components Thereof; Notice of Investigation

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AGENCY:

U.S. International Trade Commission.

ACTION:

Institution of investigation pursuant to 19 U.S.C. § 1337.

SUMMARY:

Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on December 22, 2000, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, on behalf of Hewlett-Packard of Palo Alto, California. An amendment to the Complaint was filed on January 17, 2001. The Complaint, as amended, alleges violations of section 337 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain ink jet print cartridges and components thereof by reason of infringement of claims 1, 2 and 3 of U.S. Letters Patent 4,827,294; claims 4 and 5 of U.S. Letters Patent 4,635,073; claims 2 and 3 of U.S. Letters Patent 4,680,859; claim 4 of U.S. letters Patent 4,872,027; claims 1-4 and 12 of U.S. Letters Patent 4,992,802; and claims 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19 and 20 of U.S. Letters Patent 5,409,134. The complaint further alleges that there exists an industry in the United States as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337.

The complainant requests that the Commission institute an investigation and, after a hearing, issue a permanent exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders.

ADDRESSES:

The complaint, except for any confidential information contained therein, is available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Room 112, Washington, DC 20436, telephone 202-205-2000. Hearing-impaired individuals are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on 202-205-1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

James B. Coughlan, Esq., Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, telephone 202-205-2575. General Start Printed Page 7784information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server (http://www.usitc.gov).

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Authority: The authority for institution of this investigation is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and in section 210.10 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.10 (2000).

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Scope of Investigation: Having considered the complaint, the U.S. International Trade Commission, on January 18, 2000, Ordered That

(1) Pursuant to subsection (b) of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, an investigation be instituted to determine whether there is a violation of subsection (a)(1)(B) of section 337 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of certain ink jet print cartridges and components thereof by reason of infringement of claims 1, 2 or 3 of U.S. Letters Patent 4,827,294; claims 4 or 5 of U.S. Letters Patent 4,635,073; claims 2 or 3 of U.S. Letters Patent 4,680,859; claim 4 of U.S. Letters Patent 4,872,027; claims 1, 2, 3, 4 or 12 of U.S. Letters Patent 4,992,802; or claims 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19 or 20 of U.S. Letters Patent 5,409,134; and whether there exists an industry in the United States as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337.

(2) For the purpose of the investigation so instituted, the following are hereby named as parties upon which this notice of investigation shall be served:

(a) The complainant is: Hewlett-Packard Company, 3000 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, California 94304.

(b) The respondents are the following companies alleged to be in violation of section 337, and are the parties upon which the complaint is to be served:

Microjet Technology Co., Ltd., No. 29 Tzu Chiang Street, Tu-Cheng Taipei, Hsien, Taiwan 236.

Printer Essentials.com, Inc., 895 East Patriot Blvd., Suite 109, Reno, Nevada 89511.

Price-Less Inkjet Cartridge Company, Omni Executive Center #33, 4055 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, Florida 33952.

Cartridge Hut and Paperwork Plus, 29696 Via Naravilla, Sun City, California 92586.

ABCCo.net, Inc., 3890 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, Florida 33952.

(c) James B. Coughlan, Esq., Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Room 401-L, Washington, DC 20436, who shall be the Commission investigative attorney, party to this investigation; and

(3) For the investigation so instituted, the Honorable Paul J. Luckern is designated as the presiding administrative law judge.

Responses to the complaint and the notice of investigation must be submitted by the named respondents in accordance with section 210.13 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 C.F.R. 210.13. Pursuant to 19 C.F.R. 201.16(d) and 210.13(a) of the Commission's Rules, such responses will be considered by the Commission if received not later than 20 days after the date of service by the Commission of the complaint and the notice of investigation. Extensions of time for submitting responses to the complaint will not be granted unless good cause therefor is shown.

Failure of a respondent to file a timely response to each allegation in the complaint and in this notice may be deemed to constitute a waiver of the right to appear and contest the allegations of the complaint and this notice, and to authorize the administrative law judge and the Commission, without further notice to the respondent, to find the facts to be as alleged in the complaint and this notice and to enter both an initial determination and a final determination containing such findings, and may result in the issuance of a limited exclusion order or a cease and desist order or both directed against such respondent.

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Issued: January 19, 2001.

By order of the Commission.

Donna R. Koehnke,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 01-2211 Filed 1-24-01; 8:45 am]

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