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Sep 14, 2016

United States International Trade Commission News Releases Update: USIT Institute Section 337 Investigation of Certain Industrial Control System Software, Systems Using the Same, and Components Thereof - September 14, 2016

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September 14, 2016
News Release 16-117
Inv. No. 337-TA-1020
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
 
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Industrial Control System Software, Systems Using the Same, and Components Thereof
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain industrial control system software, systems using the same, and components thereof.  The products at issue in the investigation are programmable industrial controllers and associated software used for the automation of industrial processes in facilities such as factories, warehouses, and utilities.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Rockwell Automation, Inc., of Milwaukee, WI, on August 5, 2016.  The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain industrial control system software, systems using the same, and components thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainant.  The complainant requests that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order.
The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
3S-Smart Software Solutions, GmbH, of Kempten, Germany;
Advantech Corporation of Milpitas, CA; and
Advantech Co., Ltd., of Taipei City, Taiwan.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1020), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case.  The USITC’s Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the USITC’s administrative law judges (ALJ), who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing.  The ALJ will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.
The USITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time.  Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation.  USITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the U.S. Trade Representative within that 60-day period.