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Certain Lens-Fitted Film Packages; Determination Not To Review the Presiding Administrative Law Judge's Enforcement Initial Determination; Request for Briefing on Recommended Enforcement Measures

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AGENCY:

International Trade Commission.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined not to review the administrative law judge's (ALJ) initial enforcement determination (EID) on violation, including his determination to find Anthony Cossentino and Jack Benun subject to the cease and desist order issued to respondent Jazz Photo Corp. (Jazz) at the conclusion of the original investigation.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jean Jackson, Esq., telephone 202-205-3104, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436. Copies of all 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 (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. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on the matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on 202-205-1810.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Commission's original investigation in this matter was terminated on June 2, 1999, with a finding of violation of section 337 by 26 respondents by reason of importation or sales after importation of certain lens-fitted film packages (i.e., disposable cameras) that were found to infringe one or more claims of 15 patents held by complainant Fuji Photo Film Co. (Fuji). 64 FR 30541 (June 8, 1999). The Commission issued a general exclusion order, prohibiting the importation of LFFPs that infringe any of the claims at issue, and issued cease and desist orders to twenty domestic respondents. Id. The Commission's orders were upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Jazz Photo Corp. v. Int'l Trade Comm'n, 264 F.3d 1094 (Fed. Cir. 2001), cert. denied 536 U.S. 950 (2002).

On September 24, 2002, the Commission initiated enforcement proceedings at the request of complainant Fuji under Commission rule 210.75(b) to determine whether respondent Jazz and/or two individuals associated with Jazz, Mr. Jack Benun and Mr. Anthony Cossentino, violated the general exclusion order and/or the cease and desist orders, issued on June 2, 1999, in the original Film Packages Start Printed Page 46180investigation. The proceedings were referred to the presiding ALJ for issuance of an EID. The proceedings were suspended for several months due to the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in areas of China where discovery had to be completed.

On April 6, 2004, the ALJ issued his EID, finding that all respondents had violated the general exclusion order and cease and desist orders. Fuji, Jazz, Benun and Cossentino filed petitions for review of the EID on April 22, 2004. Those parties, as well as the Commission investigative attorneys filed responses to the petitions on May 10, 2004.

The Commission, having examined the petitions for review, and the responses thereto has determined not to review the EID's determination that the general exclusion order and cease and desist order issued to Jazz have been violated, as well as his determination to find Mr. Cossentino and Mr. Benun subject to the cease and desist order issued to Jazz. In connection with the final disposition of the enforcement proceedings, the Commission may issue civil penalties for violations of its cease and desist order. The Commission has not yet ruled on whether it will adopt the specific enforcement measures recommended in the EID.

Written Submissions: The parties to the investigation, interested government agencies, and any other interested parties are encouraged to file written submissions on the specific enforcement measures recommended by the ALJ in his EID no later than close of business on August 20, 2004. Response submissions must be filed no later than the close of business on September 3, 2004. No further submissions on these issues will be permitted unless otherwise ordered by the Commission.

Persons filing written submissions must file with the Office of the Secretary the original document and 14 true copies thereof on or before the deadlines stated above. Any person desiring to submit a document (or portion thereof) to the Commission in confidence must request confidential treatment unless the information has already been granted such treatment during the proceedings. All such requests should be directed to the Secretary of the Commission and must include a full statement of the reasons why the Commission should grant such treatment. See section 201.6 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 201.6. Documents for which confidential treatment by the Commission is sought will be treated accordingly. All nonconfidential written submissions will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Secretary.

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 210.75 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 210.75).

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Issued: July 27, 2004.

By order of the Commission.

Marilyn R. Abbott,

Secretary to the Commission.

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[FR Doc. 04-17473 Filed 7-30-04; 8:45 am]

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