Federal Register: August 29, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 167)
DOCID: FR Doc E6-14306
INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
International Trade Commission
DOCUMENT ID: [Inv. No. 337-TA-579]
ACTION: Import investigations:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Institution of investigation pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1337.
In the Matter of Certain Nickel Metal Hydride Consumer Batteries, Components Thereof, and Consumer Electronic Products Containing Same; Notice of Investigation
Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on July 26, 2006, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, on behalf of Ovonic Battery Company, Inc. of Rochester Hills, Michigan. A supplement was filed on August 17, 2006. The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations of section 337 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain nickel metal hydride consumer batteries, components thereof, and consumer electronic products containing same by reason of infringement of one or more of claims 1113, 18, and 19 of U.S. Patent No. 5,536,591. The complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States exists as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337.
The complainant requests that the Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue a permanent exclusion order and a permanent cease and desist order.
Nickel metal hydride consumer batteries, components, and consumer electronic products containing same,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Thomas S. Fusco, Esq., Office of Unfair
Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, telephone (202) 2052571.
Authority: The authority for institution of this investigation is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and in Sec. 210.10 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.10 (2006).
Scope of Investigation: Having considered the complaint, the U.S.
International Trade Commission, on August 22, 2006, ordered that
(1) Pursuant to subsection (b) of section 337 of the Tariff Act of
1930, as amended, an investigation be instituted to determine whether
there is a violation of subsection (a)(1)(B) of section 337 in the
importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the
sale within the United States after importation of certain nickel metal
hydride consumer batteries, components thereof, and consumer electronic
products containing same by reason of infringement of one or more of
claims 1113, 18, and 19 of U.S. Patent No. 5,536,591, and whether an
industry in the United States exists as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337;
(2) For the purpose of the investigation so instituted, the following are hereby named as parties upon which this notice of investigation shall be served:
(a) The complainant is
Ovonic Battery Company, Inc., 2968 Waterview Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309.
(b) The respondents are the following entities alleged to be in violation of section 337, and are the parties upon which the complaint is to be served:
Varta Aktiengesellschaft, Am Leineufer 51, 30419 Hanover, Germany. Varta Microbattery GmbH, Daimlerstr. 1, Ellwangen Germany 73479. Varta Microbattery, Inc., 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 120, White Plains, New York 10605.
(c) The Commission investigative attorney, party to this investigation, is Thomas S. Fusco, Esq., Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Suite 401, Washington, DC 20436; and
(3) For the investigation so instituted, the Honorable Sidney Harris is designated as the presiding administrative law judge.
Responses to the complaint and the notice of investigation must be submitted by the named respondents in accordance with section 210.13 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.13. Pursuant to 19 CFR 201.16(d) and 210.13(a), such responses will be considered by the Commission if received not later than 20 days after the date of service by the Commission of the complaint and the notice of investigation. Extensions of time for submitting responses to the complaint and the notice of investigation will not be granted unless good cause therefor is shown.
Failure of a respondent to file a timely response to each
allegation in the complaint and in this notice may be deemed to
constitute a waiver of the right to appear and contest the allegations
of the complaint and this notice, and to authorize the administrative
law judge and the Commission, without further notice to the respondent,
to find the facts to be as alleged in the complaint and this notice and
to enter an initial determination and a final determination containing
such findings, and may result in the issuance of a limited exclusion
order or cease and desist order or both directed against the respondent.
By order of the Commission.
Issued: August 24, 2006.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
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