March 8, 2007
News Release 07-026
Inv. No. 337-TA-597
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN BASSINET PRODUCTS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain bassinet products. The products at issue in this investigation are bassinet products that may be attached to a parental bed to allow an infant to be positioned adjacent to the parental bed, or may be convertibly adapted for use as a changing table.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Arm's Reach Concepts, Inc., of Malibu, CA, on February 9, 2007. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States of certain bassinet products that infringe patents owned by Arm's Reach Concepts. The complainant requests that the ITC issue a permanent limited exclusion order and a permanent cease and desist order.

The ITC has identified Simplicity, Inc., of Reading, PA, as the respondent in this investigation.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-597), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable Charles E. Bullock, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Bullock 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 U.S. Trade Representative within that 60-day period.

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