January 22, 2013
News Release 13-009
Inv. No. 337-TA-863
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION
ON CERTAIN PAPER SHREDDERS,
CERTAIN PROCESSES FOR MANUFACTURING OR RELATING TO SAME,
AND CERTAIN PRODUCTS CONTAINING SAME AND CERTAIN PARTS THEREOF
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain paper shredders, certain processes for manufacturing or relating to same, and certain products containing same and certain parts thereof. The products at issue in this investigation are shredders used to destroy documents and other paper goods.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Fellowes, Inc., of Itasca, IL, and Fellowes Office Products (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., of Suzhou, China, on December 20, 2013. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain paper shredders, certain processes for manufacturing or relating to same, and certain products containing same and certain parts thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainants. The complaint also alleges misappropriation of trade secrets. The complainants request that the USITC issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders.
The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
New United Co. Group Ltd. of Changzhou, Jiangsu, China;
Jiangsu New United Office Equipments Co. Ltd. of Yaoguan, Jiangsu Province, China;
Shenzhen Elite Business Office Equipment Co. Ltd. of Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China;
Elite Business Machines Ltd. of Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China;
New United Office Equipment USA, Inc., of Northbrook, IL;
Jiangsu Shinri Machinery Co. Ltd. of Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China;
Zhou Licheng of Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China;
Randall Graves of Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China; and
"Jessica" Wang Chongge of Xi'an City, Shaanzi Province, China.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-863), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The USITC's Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the USITC'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 USITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. USITC 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.