The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today announced the launch of an investigation of certain fuel pump assemblies having vapor separators (and components thereof)—specifically fuel pump assemblies for marine engines.
The ITC release explains that the investigation is based on a complaint alleging violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 about imports of fuel pump assemblies that infringe a patent.
The ITC will assign the case to one of the ITC’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 ITC.
The ITC will make a final determination in the investigation “at the earliest practicable time.” Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the ITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. ITC 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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