March 10, 2008
News Release 08-020
Inv. No. 337-TA-636
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain laser imageable lithographic printing plates. The products at issue in this investigation are printing plates used in printing presses to create high-quality images.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Presstek, Inc., of Hudson, NH, on February 11, 2008. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States of certain laser imageable lithographic printing plates that infringe patents and a trademark owned by Presstek. The complainant requests that the ITC issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders.

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

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-636), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable Theodore R. Essex, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Essex 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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