2018-12054. Certain Blood Cholesterol Testing Strips and Associated Systems Containing the Same; Institution of Investigation  

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    AGENCY:

    U.S. International Trade Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on April 30, 2018, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, on behalf of Polymer Technology Systems, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana. On May 11, 2018, PTS filed a letter correcting the expiration dates for two of the three asserted patents. The complaint 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 blood cholesterol testing strips and associated systems containing the same by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,087,397 (“the '397 patent”); U.S. Patent No. 7,625,721 (“the '721 patent”); and U.S. Patent No. 7,494,818 (“the '818 patent”). The complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States exists as required by the applicable Federal Statute.

    The complainant requests 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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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    The Office of Docket Services, U.S. International Trade Commission, telephone (202) 205-1802.

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Authority: The authority for institution of this investigation is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337 and in section 210.10 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.10 (2018).

    Scope of Investigation: Having considered the complaint, the U.S. International Trade Commission, on May 30, 2018, 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 blood cholesterol testing strips and associated systems containing the same by reason of infringement of one or more of claims 1-3, 5, 10, 13-14, and 17-20 of the '397 patent; claims 1-9 and 13-15 of the '721 patent; and claims 8-11 of the '818 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 complainant is: Polymer Technology Systems, Inc., 7736 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268.

    (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:

    ACON Laboratories, Inc., 10125 Mesa Rim Road, San Diego, California 92121

    ACON Biotech (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd., No. 210 Zhenzhoong Road, West Lake Start Printed Page 26088District, Hangzhou Zhejiang 310030, China

    (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 be named as a party to 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: May 31, 2018.

    Lisa Barton,

    Secretary to the Commission.

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    [FR Doc. 2018-12054 Filed 6-4-18; 8:45 am]

    BILLING CODE 7020-02-P

Document Information

Published:
06/05/2018
Department:
International Trade Commission
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Notice.
Document Number:
2018-12054
Pages:
26087-26088 (2 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Investigation No. 337-TA-1116
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2018-12054.pdf