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USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Pillows and Seat Cushions, Components Thereof, and Packaging Thereof

September 7, 2022
News Release 22-094
Inv. No. 337-TA-1328
Contact: Jennifer Andberg, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Pillows and Seat Cushions, Components Thereof, and Packaging Thereof

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) voted to institute an investigation of certain pillows and seat cushions, components thereof, and packaging 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 Purple Innovation, LLC of Lehi, Utah on August 5, 2022.  The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain pillows and seat cushions, components thereof, and packaging thereof that infringe patents, trademarks, and trade dress asserted by the complainant.  The complainant requests that the USITC issue a limited and a general exclusion order, or in the alternative limited exclusion orders, and cease and desist orders. 

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

Bedmate-U Co., Ltd. of Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea;
Chuang Fan Handicraft Co., Ltd. of Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China;
Dongguan Bounce Technology Co., Ltd. of Dongguan, Guangdong, China;
Dongguan Jingrui Silicone Technology Co., Ltd. of Dongguan, Guangdong, China;
Foshan Dirani Design Furniture Co., Ltd. of Foshan, Guangdong, China;
Global Ocean Trading Co., Ltd. of Foshan, Guangdong, China;
Guang An Shi Lin Chen Zai Sheng Wuzi Co., Ltd. of Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China;
Guang Zhou Wen Jie Shang Mao Youxian Gongsi Co., Ltd. of Chenjia, Chongming, Shanghai, China;
Guangzhou Epsilon Import and Export Co., Ltd. of Guangzhou, Guangdong, China;
Guangzhoushi Baixiangguo Keji Youxian Gonsgi Co., Ltd. of Guangzhou, Guangdong, China;
Haircrafters LLC of Chattanooga, TN;
Hangzhou Lishang Import & Export Co., Ltd. of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China;
Hangzhou Lydia Sports Goods Co., Ltd. of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China;
Hebei Zeyong Technology Co., Ltd. of Hengshui, Hebei, China;
Henson Holdings, LLC d/b/a SelectSoma of Lafayette, LA;
Hetaibao of Linquan, Anhui, China;
Hubei Sheng Bingyi Dianzi Keji Youxian Gongsi Co., Ltd. of Hanchuan, Hubei, China;
Kaifeng Shi Long Ting Qu Chen Yi Shangmao Youxian Gongsi Co., Ltd. of Kaifeng, Henan, China;
Lankao Junchang Electronic Commerce Co., Ltd. of Kaifeng, Henan, China;
Lei Lei Weng of Linquan, Anhui, China;
Liu Lin Xian Xu Bin Dian Zi Chan Pin Dian of Liulin, Shanxi, China;
Nanchang Shirong Bao Er Guanggao Youxian Gongsi Co., Ltd. of Nanchang, Jiangxi, China;
Ningbo Bolian Import & Export Co., Ltd. of Ningbo, Zhejiang, China;
Ningbo Minzhou Import & Export Co., Ltd. of Haishu, Beijing, China;
Ruian Xiu Yuan Guoji Mao Yi Youxian Gongsi Co., Ltd. of Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China;
Shandong Jiu Hui Xinxi Keji Youxian Gongsi Co., Ltd. of Jinan, Shangdong, China;
Shanxi Chao Ma Xun Keji Youxian Gongsi Co., Ltd. of Xinzhou, Shanxi, China;
Shenzhen Baibaikang Technology Co., Ltd. of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Shenzhen Leadfar Industry Co., Ltd. of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Shenzhen Shi Mai Rui Ke Dianzi Shangwu Co., Ltd. of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Shenzhen Shi Xin Shangpin Dianzi Shangwu Youxian Gongsi Co., Ltd. of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Shenzhen Shi Yan Huang Chu Hai Keji Youxian Gongsi Co., Ltd. of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Shenzhen Shi Yuxiang Meirong Youngju Youxian Gongsi Co., Ltd., China;
Shenzhen Tianrun Material Co., Ltd. of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
Wuhan Chenkuxuan Technology Co., Ltd. of Wuhan, Hubei, China;
Xiao Dawei of Xiamen, Fujian, China;
Xiao Xiao Pi Fa Shang Mao You Xian Ze Ren Gongsi Co. of Luliang, Shanxi, China;
YaRu Wang of Luliang, Shanxi, China;
Yiwu Youru E-commerce Co., Ltd. of Jinhua, Zhejiang, China;
Zhejiang Xinhui Import & Export Co., Ltd. of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China; and
Zhou Meng Bo of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1328), 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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