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NEWS RELEASE 02-118; DECEMBER 23, 2002 December 23, 2002
News Release 02-118
Inv. No. 337-TA-483

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN TOOL HANDLES, TOOL HOLDERS, TOOL SETS, AND COMPONENTS THEREFOR

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain tool handles, tool holders, tool sets, and components therefor. The products at issue in this investigation are tool sets consisting of tool handles, tool holders, and tools. Each tool is an "L-shaped" rod, which may be a hex key, screw driver, socket, or the like.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Allen-Pal, LLC, of San Jose and Los Gatos, CA, on November 26, 2002, and supplemented on December 16 and 17, 2002. The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain tool handles, tool holders, tool sets, and components therefor that infringe patents owned by Allen-Pal. The complainant requests that the ITC issue a permanent general exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders.

The ITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:

Danaher Corporation of Washington, DC; and
Danaher Tool Group of Hunt Valley, MD.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-483), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable Paul J. Luckern, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Luckern 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 ITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the ITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. ITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the President of the United States within that 60-day period.

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