March 9, 2009
News Release 09-019
Inv. No. 337-TA-670
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION
ON CERTAIN ADJUSTABLE KEYBOARD SUPPORT SYSTEMS
AND COMPONENTS THEREOF
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain adjustable keyboard support systems and components thereof. The products at issue in this investigation are small platforms designed to support a computer keyboard at different levels depending on the user's preference.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Humanscale Corporation of New York, New York, on February 10, 2009. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain adjustable keyboard support systems and components thereof that infringe a patent owned by Humanscale Corporation. The complainant requests that the ITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.
The ITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-670), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The ITC's Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the ITC's six 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 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.