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USITC Notices

New AD/CV Probes of Plastic Ribbons
The USITC has initiated the preliminary phase of AD and CV injury investigations of mainland Chinese plastic decorative ribbons classified under HTSUS 3920.20.0015, 3926.40.0010, 3920.10.0000, 3920.30.0000, 3920.43.5000, 3920.49.0000, 3920.62.0020, 3920.62.0050, 3920.62.0090, 3920.69.0000, 3921.90.1100, 3921.90.1500, 3921.90.1910, 3921.90.1950, 3921.90.4010, 3921.90.4090, 3926.90.9905, 3926.90.9910, 3926.90.9925, 3926.90.9930, 3926.90.9996, 5404.90.0000, 9505.90.4000, 4601.99.9000, 4602.90.0000, 5609.00.3000, 5609.00.4000 and 9505.10.2500.

The proceedings cover plastic decorative ribbons having a width (measured at the narrowest span of the ribbon) of less than or equal to four inches in actual measurement, including ribbon wound onto itself; a spool, core or tube (with or without flanges); attached to a card or strip; wound into a keg- or egg-shaped configuration; made into bows, bow-like items, or other shapes or configurations; and whether or not packaged or labelled for retail sale. Subject merchandise is typically made of substrates of polypropylene but may be made in whole or in part of any type of plastic.

Return questionnaires are due to the USITC by 10 January, a conference will be held on 17 January, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 22 January, and the USITC’s preliminary determination vote has been scheduled for 9 February.

Remedy Input Sought in Section 337 Investigation of Arrowheads
The presiding administrative law judge in the Section 337 probe of certain mainland Chinese arrowheads with arcuate blades and components thereof has found that the importation, sale for importation and sale within the United States after importation of these products are violating certain patent claims. The USITC is now seeking public comments by 4 January on (i) the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered; (ii) the effects of any such remedy on the public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, U.S. production of like or similar articles and U.S. consumers; and (iii) the amount of the bond under which infringing articles could continue to enter the United States during the 60-day period the president has to review any USITC-ordered remedy.

Remedy Input Sought in Section 337 Investigation of Access Control Systems
The presiding ALJ in the Section 337 investigation of certain mainland Chinese access control systems and components thereof has found that the importation, sale for importation and sale within the United States after importation of subject merchandise are violating certain patents. The ALJ has recommended that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order prohibiting the importation of infringing goods as well as cease and desist orders based on the presence of commercially significant inventory in the United States. The USITC is seeking public comments by 5 January on (i) the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered; (ii) the effects of any such remedy on the public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, U.S. production of like or similar articles and U.S. consumers; and (iii) the amount of the bond under which infringing articles could continue to enter the United States during the 60-day period the president has to review any USITC-ordered remedy.

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