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In the Matter of Certain Zero-Mercury-Added Alkaline Batteries, Parts Thereof, and Products Containing Same; Notice of Commission Decisions To Extend the Time To Determine Whether To Review an Initial Determination and To Extend the Target Date

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U.S. International Trade Commission.




Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to extend to August 19, 2004, the time to determine whether to review the presiding administrative law judge's (“ALJ's”) final initial determination (“ID”) finding a violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the above-captioned investigation. The Commission has also decided to extend the target date for completing the investigation to October 1, 2004.

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Wayne Herrington, Esq., Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-3090. Copies of the ALJ's ID and all other nonconfidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are or will be 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., Washington, DC 20436, telephone 202-205-2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server ( The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS-ON-LINE) at Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on 202-205-1810.

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The Commission instituted this investigation on June 2, 2003, based on a complaint filed by Energizer Holdings, Inc. and Eveready Battery Company, Inc., both of St. Louis, Missouri. 68 FR 32771 (June 2, 2003). The complaint, as supplemented, alleged violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain zero-mercury-added alkaline batteries, parts thereof, and products containing same by reason of infringement of claims 1-12 of U.S. Patent No. 5,464,709 (“the ’709 patent”). The complaint and notice of investigation named 26 respondents and were later amended to include an additional firm as a respondent. The investigation has been terminated as to claims 8-12 of the ’709 patent. Several respondents have been terminated from the investigation for various reasons.

On June 2, 2004, the ALJ issued his final ID finding a violation of section 337. He also recommended the issuance of remedial orders. A number of the remaining respondents have petitioned for review of the ID. Complainants and the Commission investigative attorney have filed oppositions to those petitions.

This action is taken under the authority of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), and sections 210.42 and 210.51 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 210.42, 210.51).

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By order of the Commission.

Issued: July 9, 2004.

Marilyn R. Abbott,

Secretary to the Commission.

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[FR Doc. 04-16083 Filed 7-14-04; 8:45 am]