U.S. 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 May 4, 2004, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, on behalf of Thomas J. Baumgartner and Hillbilly Smokehouse, Inc. An amendment to the complaint dated May 25, 2004 was also filed. 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 pet food treats by reason of infringement of U.S. Design Patent No. 383,886. 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 the investigation, issue a permanent general exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders.
The complaint and amendment, except for any confidential information contained therein, are 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) at http://edis.usitc.gov.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Thomas S. Fusco, Esq., 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 June 1, 2004 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 pet food treats by reason of infringement of U.S. Design Patent 383,886, 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 complainants are—
Thomas J. Baumgartner, 1801 S. 8th Street, Rogers, Arkansas 72765.
Hillbilly Smokehouse, Inc., 1801 S. 8th Street, Rogers, Arkansas 72765.
(b) The respondents are the following companies alleged to be in violation of Section 337 and upon which the complaint is to be served—
IMS Trading Corp., d/b/a IMS Pet Industries, Inc., 7001 Anpesil Drive, Annex D, North Bergen, New Jersey 07047.
LLB Holdings, LLC, 98-030 Hekaha Street, Suite 10, Aiea, Hawaii 96709.
Pet Center, Inc., 4105 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90016.
TsingTao ShengRong Seafood, Inc., 34 Fushan Road, Tsingtao, Shangdong 266003, China.
TsingTao ShengRong Seafood, Inc., U.S. Branch, 1309 Prentis House Court, Columbus, Ohio 43235.
Alan Lee Distributors, Inc., d/b/a ADI Pet, Inc., 211 Plumpointe Lane, San Ramon, California 94583.
(c) Thomas S. Fusco, Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Room 401-E, Washington, DC 20436, who shall be the Commission investigative attorney, party to this investigation; and
(3) For the investigation so instituted, the Honorable Sidney Harris 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 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 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.Start Signature
Issued: June 3, 2004.
By order of the Commission.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 04-12924 Filed 6-7-04; 8:45 am]
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