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USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Battery Jump Starters and Components Thereof

March 17, 2021
News Release 21-039
Inv. No. 337-TA-1256
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Battery Jump Starters and Components Thereof

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain portable battery jump starters 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 The NOCO Company of Glenwillow, OH, on January 19, 2021.  The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain portable battery jump starters and components thereof that infringe patents and registered trademarks asserted by the complainant.  The complainant requests that the USITC issue a general exclusion order and cease and desist orders. 

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

Advance Auto Parts, Inc., of Raleigh, NC;
Anker Technology (UK) Ltd. of Birmingham, United Kingdom;
Antigravity Batteries LLC of Gardena, CA;
Arteck Electronic Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
AutoZone, Inc., of Memphis, TN;
Best Buy Co., Inc., of South Richfield, MN;
Best Parts, Inc., of Memphis, TN;
Clore Automotive, LLC, of Lenexa, KS;
Deltran USA, LLC, of DeLand, FL;
Energen, Inc., of City of Industry, CA;
FlyLink Tech Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Gooloo Technologies LLC/Shenzhen Gooloo E-Commerce Co., Ltd. of Shenzhen, China;
Great Neck Saw Manufacturers, Inc., of Mineola, NY;
Guangdong Boltpower Energy Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen City, Guangdong, China;
Halo2Cloud, LLC, of Hartford, CT;
Horizon Tool, Inc., of Greensboro, NC;
K-Tool International of Plymouth, MI;
Lowe’s Companies, Inc., of Mooresville, NC;
Matco Tools Corporation of Stow, OH;
MonoPrice, Inc., of Brea, CA;
National Automotive Parts Association, LLC (d/b/a NAPA) of Atlanta, GA;
Nekteck, Inc., of Anaheim, CA;
O’Reilly Automotive, Inc., of Springfield, MO;
Paris Corporation of Westampton, NJ;
PowerMax Battery (U.S.A.), Inc., of Ontario, CA;
Prime Global Products, Inc., of Ball Ground, GA;
QVC, Inc., of West Chester, PA;
Schumacher Power Technology Ltd. of Yancheng, Jiangsu, China;
Schumacher Electric Corp. of Mount Prospect, IL;
Shenzhen Carku Technology Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, China;
Shenzhen Dingjiang Technology Co., Ltd. LLLC of Shenzhen, China;
Shenzhen Jieruijia Technology Co. Ltd of Gong Ming, Guang Ming District, China;
Shenzhen Mediatek Tong Technology Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, China;
Shenzhen Take Tools Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Shenzhen Topdon Technology Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, China;
Shenzhen Valuelink E-Commerce Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen China;
Smartech Products, Inc., of Savage, MD;
ThiEYE Technologies Co., Ltd., of Longgang District, China;
Tii Trading Inc. of Baldwin Park, CA;
Walmart Inc. of Bentonville, AR;
Winplus North America, Inc., of Costa Mesa, CA;
Zagg Co. Rrd Gst of Plainfield, IN;
Zhejiang Quingyou Electronic Commerce Co., Ltd., of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China; and
70mai Co., Ltd., of Shanghai, China.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1256), 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.

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