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 January 23, 2008, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, on behalf of Whirlpool Patents Company of St. Joseph, Michigan; Whirlpool Manufacturing Corporation of St. Joseph, Michigan; Whirlpool Corporation of Benton Harbor, Michigan; and Maytag Corporation of Benton Harbor, Michigan. A supplement to the complaint was filed on February 11, 2008. The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations of section 337 based Start Printed Page 10286upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain refrigerators and components thereof that infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,082,130; 6,810,680; 6,915,644; 6,971,730; and 7,240,980. The complaint, as supplemented, further alleges that an industry in the United States exists as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337.
The complainants request that the Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders.
The complaint, as supplemented, 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) at http://edis.usitc.gov.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Rett Snotherly, Esq., Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, telephone (202) 205-2599.
(a) The complainants are—
Whirlpool Patents Company, 500 Renaissance Drive, Suite 102, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.
Whirlpool Manufacturing Corporation, 500 Renaissance Drive, Suite 102, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.
Whirlpool Corporation, 2000 North M-63, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022.
Maytag Corporation, 2000 North M-63, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022.
(b) The respondents are the following entities alleged to be in violation of section 337, and are the parties upon which the complaint is to be served:
LG Electronics, Inc., LG Twin Towers, 20 Yeouido-dong, Yeoungdeungpo-gu, Seoul, 150-721, South Korea.
LG Electronics, USA, Inc., 1000 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 07632.
LG Electronics Monterrey, Mexico, S.A., DE, CV, Av. Industrias 180, Fracc Industrial Pimsa Ote., 66603 Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
(c) The Commission investigative attorney, party to this investigation, is Rett Snotherly, Esq., Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Room 401Q, Washington, DC 20436; and
(3) For the investigation so instituted, the Honorable Theodore R. Essex 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 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 and the notice of investigation 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 an initial determination and a final determination containing such findings, and may result in the issuance of an exclusion order or cease and desist orders or both directed against the respondent.Start Signature
By order of the Commission.
Issued: February 21, 2008.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. E8-3575 Filed 2-25-08; 8:45 am]
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