International Trade Commission.
Institution of investigation pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1337.
Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on December 20, 2002, under section 337 of the Tarrif Act of 1930, as amended 19 U.S.C. 1337, on behalf of Charles D. Walkden of Homer, Alaska. An amended complaint was filed on January 7, 2003. The complaint, as amended, alleges violations of section 337 in the importation of certain truck bed ramps and components thereof by reason of infringement of claim 1 of U.S. Patent No. 5,795,125. The complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States exists as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337.
The complainant requests that the Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue a permanent exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders.
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. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server at http://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS-ON-LINE) at http://dockets.usitc.gov/eol/public.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Thomas S. Fusco, Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, telephone 202-205-2571.
Scope of Investigation: Having considered the complaint, the U.S. International Trade Commission, on January 16, 2003, 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 truck bed ramps or components thereof by reason of infringement of claim 1 of U.S. Patent No. 5,795,125, and whether an industry in the United States exists 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—Charles D. Walkden, 4178 Kachemak Way, Homer, Alaska 99603.
(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:
ETEC, 2310 Hanselman Avenue, Saskatoon SK, Canada, S7L5Z3.
Textron Inc., 40 Westminister Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903.
VIP Distributing, 1220 East 68th, Unit 101, Anchorage, Alaska 99518.
Southwest Distributing Co., Highway 183 North, P.O. Box 456, Clinton, Oklahoma 73601.
Hamilton Equipment Inc., 567 South Reading Road, Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522.
(3) For the investigation so instituted, the Honorable Charles E. Bullock 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 § 210.13 of the Commission's rules of practice and procedure, 19 CFR § 210.13. Pursuant to 19 CFR §§ 201.16(d) and 210.13(a), such responses will be considered by the Commission if received no 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 to authorize the administrative law judge and the Commission, without further notice to that 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 direct against that respondent.Start Signature
By order of the Commission.
Issued: January 17, 2003.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 03-1613 Filed 1-23-03; 8:45 am]
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