U.S. International Trade Commission.
Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on February 2, 2017, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, on behalf of Paice LLC of Baltimore, Maryland and Abell Foundation, Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland. Letters supplementing the complaint were filed on February 15, 2017, and February 21, 2017. The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations of section 337 based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain hybrid electric vehicles and components thereof by reason of infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,104,347 (“the '347 patent”); U.S. Patent No. 7,237,634 (“the '634 patent”); U.S. Patent No. 7,455,134 (“the '134 patent”); U.S. Patent No. 7,559,388 (“the '388 patent”); and U.S. Patent No. 8,214,097 (“the '097 patent”). The complaint 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 a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order.
Addresses: 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 https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov.
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The Office of the Secretary, Docket Services Division, U.S. International Trade Commission, telephone (202) 205-1802.
Scope of Investigation: Having considered the complaint, the U.S. International Trade Commission, on March 6, 2017, 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 hybrid electric vehicles and components thereof by reason of infringement of one or more of claims 1, 2, 7, 10, 15, 23, 24, 28, 31, 36, and 37 of the '347 patent; claims 1, 5, 6, 13, 16, 18, 25, 33, 53, 80, 94, 95, 98, 99, 100, 101, 112, 215, 227, 235, 240, 267, and 290 of the '634 patent; claims 16, 17, 18, and 40 of the '134 patent; claims 1 and 3 of the '388 patent; and claims 21, 30, 32, 33, and 34 of the '097 patent, 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: Paice LLC, 111 South Calvert Street, Suite 2310, Baltimore, MD 21202; Abell Foundation, Inc., 111 South Calvert Street, Suite 2310, Baltimore, MD 21202.
(b) The respondent is the following entity alleged to be in violation of section 337, and is the party upon which the complaint is to be served: Ford Motor Company, 1 American Road, Dearborn, MI 48126.Start Printed Page 13364
(3) For the investigation so instituted, the Chief Administrative Law Judge, U.S. International Trade Commission, shall designate the presiding Administrative Law Judge.
The Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party in this investigation.
Responses to the complaint and the notice of investigation must be submitted by the named respondent 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(e) 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 the 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 a cease and desist order or both directed against the respondent.
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By order of the Commission.
Issued: March 7, 2017.
Lisa R. Barton,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2017-04737 Filed 3-9-17; 8:45 am]
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