The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain balanced armature devices, products containing same, and components thereof. The products at issue in the investigation are described in the Commission’s notice of investigation.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Knowles Corporation and Knowles Electronics, LLC, both of Itasca, IL, and Knowles Electronics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, on August 29, 2019. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain balanced armature devices, products containing same, and components thereof that misappropriate trade secrets asserted by the complainants. The complainants request that the USITC issue a general exclusion order, or in the alternative a limited exclusion order, and cease and desist orders.
The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
Liang Li (a/k/a Ryan Li) of Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China;
Shenzhen Bellsing Acoustic Technology Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China;
Suzhou Bellsing Acoustic Technology Co., Ltd., of Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China;
Bellsing Corporation of Lisle, IL;
Dongguan Bellsing Precision Device Co., Ltd., of Dongguan, Guangdong Province, China;
Dongguan Xinyao Electronics Industrial Co., Ltd., d/b/a Fidue Acoustics of Dongguan, Guangdong, China;
Soundlink Co., Ltd. of Suzhou, China;
Magnatone Hearing Aid Corporation d/b/a Persona Medical and InEarz Audio of Casselberry, FL;
Jerry Harvey Audio LLC of Orlando, FL;
Magic Dynamics, LLC, d/b/a Magic Ear of Clearwater, FL;
Campfire Audio, LLC, of Portland, OR; and
Clear Tune Monitors, Inc., of Orlando, FL.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1186), 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 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.