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Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 72700 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 235 / Monday, December 8, 2014 / Notices Secretary will maintain a separate list of those authorized to receive BPI under the administrative protective order during the remand proceedings. Written Submissions: The Commission is not reopening the record and will not accept the submission of new factual information for the record. The Commission will permit the parties to file comments concerning how the Commission could best comply with the Court’s remand instructions. The comments must be based solely on the information in the Commission’s record. The Commission will reject submissions containing additional factual information or arguments pertaining to issues other than those on which the Court has remanded this matter. The deadline for filing comments is December 24, 2014. Comments shall be limited to no more than twenty (20) double-spaced and single-sided pages of textual material. Parties are advised to consult with the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, subparts A through E (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subpart A (19 CFR part 207) for provisions of general applicability concerning written submissions to the Commission. All written submissions, including those that contain BPI, must conform to the Commission’s rules. Please be aware that the Commission’s rules with respect to electronic filing have been amended. The amendments took effect on November 7, 2011. See 76 FR 61937 (Oct. 6, 2011) and the newly revised Commission Handbook on EFiling, available on the Commission’s Web site at http://edis.usitc.gov. Additional written submissions to the Commission, including requests pursuant to section 201.12 of the Commission’s rules, shall not be accepted unless good cause is shown for accepting such submissions or unless the submission is pursuant to a specific request by a Commissioner or Commission staff. In accordance with sections 201.16(c) and 207.3 of the Commission’s rules, each document filed by a party to the investigation must be served on all other parties to the investigation (as identified by either the public or BPI service list), and a certificate of service must be timely filed. The Secretary will not accept a document for filing without a certificate of service. By order of the Commission. Issued: December 3, 2014. Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2014–28679 Filed 12–5–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:19 Dec 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337–TA–895] Certain Multiple Mode Outdoor Grills and Parts Thereof; Commission’s Determination To Review-In-Part a Final Initial Determination Finding a Violation of Section 337; Schedule for Filing Written Submissions on the Issues Under Review and on Remedy, the Public Interest and Bonding U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to reviewin-part the final initial determination (‘‘ID’’) issued by the presiding administrative law judge (‘‘ALJ’’) on September 26, 2014, finding a violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, in this investigation. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cathy Chen, Esq., Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2392. Copies of non-confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are or will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server at http://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at http:// edis.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on (202) 205–1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted this investigation on September 26, 2013, based on a complaint filed on behalf of A&J Manufacturing, LLC of St. Simons, Georgia and A&J Manufacturing, Inc. of Green Cove Springs, Florida (collectively, ‘‘A&J’’ or ‘‘Complainants’’). 78 FR 59373 (Sept. 26, 2013). The complaint alleged violations of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, in the sale for importation, importation, or sale within the United States after importation of certain multiple mode outdoor grills and parts PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 thereof by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,381,712, U.S. Patent No. D660,646, and U.S. Patent No. D662,773 patent. The Commission’s notice of investigation, as amended, named numerous respondents including: The Brinkmann Corporation (‘‘Brinkmann’’); Academy Ltd., d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors (‘‘Academy’’); Ningbo Huige Outdoor Products Co. (‘‘Huige’’); CharBroil, LLC (‘‘Char-Broil’’); Zhejiang Fudeer Electric Appliance Co., Ltd. (‘‘Fudeer’’); Outdoor Leisure Products, Incorporated (‘‘OLP’’); Dongguan Kingsun Enterprises Co., Ltd. (‘‘Kingsun’’); and Keesung Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (‘‘Keesung’’) (collectively ‘‘the Respondents’’). The Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII) is also a party to this investigation. On June 24, 2014, the Commission affirmed-in-part and vacated-in-part an initial determination granting-in-part a motion for summary determination of non-infringement filed by Char-Broil, Fudeer, OLP, Kingsun, Tractor Supply Co. (‘‘TSC’’), and Chant Kitchen Equipment (HK) Ltd. (‘‘Chant’’). The Commission found that Complainants admit that the following redesigned grills do not infringe the ’712 patent: (1) Chant/Tractor Supply’s New Model 1046761; (2) Rankam’s Member’s Mark Grill, Model No. GR2071001–MM (Ver. 2) and (3) Rankam’s Smoke Canyon Grill, Model No. GR2034205–SC (Ver. 2). Comm’n Op. at 1 (Jun. 24, 2014). The Commission found the other redesigned products at issue were within the scope of the investigation. Id. The Commission adopted the ALJ’s construction of the ‘‘openable [] cover’’ limitations of claims 1 and 17 on modified grounds. Id. The Commission affirmed the ALJ’s finding of non-infringement of claims 1 and 17 for the Char-Broil Oklahoma Joe Longhorn Model 12210767 Grill and adopted the ALJ’s findings that the redesigned grills do not infringe claims 1 and 17 on modified grounds. Id. The Commission also found that the ‘‘openable [] cover means’’ limitations of claim 10 are means-plus-function limitations and directed the ALJ to make findings consistent with its means-plusfunction interpretation. Id. at 2. On September 26, 2014, the ALJ issued the final ID, finding a violation of section 337 as to Respondents Brinkmann, OLP, Kingsun, Academy, and Huige based upon his determinations: (i) That certain, but not all, accused products infringe at least one claim of the ’712 patent; (ii) that the domestic industry requirement has been satisfied with respect to the ’712 patent; and (iii) that the asserted claims of the E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 235 / Monday, December 8, 2014 / Notices ’712 patent have not been shown by clear and convincing evidence to be invalid. On October 9, 2014, the ALJ issued his recommended determination on remedy and bonding. On October 14, 2014, A&J filed a petition for review of the following issues: (1) The ALJ’s interpretation of the scope of claim 10 of the ’712 patent; (2) the ALJ’s finding that certain CharBroil Grills and the certain redesigned OLP Grills do not satisfy the ‘‘openable [] cover means’’ limitations of claim 10 of the ’712 patent; and (3) the ALJ’s finding that the Char-Broil Model 463724512 and GHP DGB730SNB–D grills do not satisfy the claim limitation that the first cover ‘‘includes at least one exhaust’’ in claims 1, 10, and 17 of the ’712 patent. On the same day, Respondents Academy, Huige, OLP, and Brinkmann filed three separate petitions for review of the final ID. Brinkmann, OLP, and Academy together seek review of the following determinations: (1) That the asserted claims have not been shown by clear and convincing evidence to be invalid as obvious over U.S. Patent No. 5,632,265 in view of U.S. Patent No. 4,773,319 (‘‘Holland ’319’’) and U.S. Patent No. 6,606,986; and (2) that the asserted claims have not been shown by clear and convincing evidence to be invalid as obvious over U.S. Patent No. 6,189,528, either alone or in view of Holland ’319. OLP separately challenges the ALJ’s construction of the claim term ‘‘exhaust,’’ and his finding that certain OLP products infringe claims 1–16 of the ’712 patent. Academy and Huige petition for review of the ALJ’s determination (Order No. 47) to exclude evidence and testimony concerning their redesigns, and the ALJ’s refusal to make a determination as to whether those redesigns infringe the ’712 patent. A&J, Respondents, and OUII each filed a response to the petitions on October 22, 2014. Having examined the record of this investigation, including the final ID, the petitions for review, and the responses thereto, the Commission has determined to review the final ID in part. Specifically, the Commission has determined to review: (1) The ID’s construction of the ‘‘exhaust’’ and ‘‘exhaust means’’ limitations in claims 10 and 16, and related findings regarding infringement of claims 10–16; (2) the ID’s findings regarding infringement of claims 1, 4, and 6–8 by the accused Dyna-Glo grills imported by Respondent GHP; (3) the ID’s findings regarding infringement of claims 1, 2, 4– 8, 10, 11, and 13–15 by the accused Char-Broil Model No. 463724512 grill; VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:19 Dec 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 and (4) the ID’s finding that the ’712 patent was not shown to be invalid. The parties are requested to brief their positions on the issues under review with reference to the applicable law and the evidentiary record. In connection with its review, the Commission requests responses to the following questions only. Each party’s brief responding to the following questions should be no more than 60 pages. 1. Discuss whether the ‘‘exhaust’’ limitation and/or the ‘‘exhaust means’’ limitations in claims 10 and 16 should be interpreted as means-plus-function limitations, including whether any presumption that these limitations are means-plus-function limitations has been rebutted. 2. If the ‘‘exhaust’’ limitation and/or the ‘‘exhaust means’’ limitations in claims 10 and 16 are correctly interpreted as means-plus-function limitations, (a) please identify the functions claimed in these limitations, as well as what structure(s) in the specification perform the claimed functions, and (b) discuss whether the limitations of claims 10–16 are met by the accused products at issue in the final ID. 3. Please discuss whether A&J waived petition of the ID’s finding that the Dyna-Glo DGJ810CSB–D grill does not infringe any asserted claim of the ’712 patent because it lacks the claimed ‘‘exhaust’’ and ‘‘exhaust means’’ on its openable covers. Assuming that A&J did not waive this finding, please discuss whether the DGJ810CSB–D grill infringes claims 1, 4, and 6–8 of the ’712 patent. 4. The Commission is not changing its interpretation of the claim term ‘‘includes,’’ which requires that an ‘‘exhaust’’ be located on the ‘‘openable [ ] cover,’’ as set forth in the Commission’s Opinion on June 27, 2014. Assuming that the asserted claims require that an ‘‘exhaust’’ be located on (but not necessarily wholly within) the ‘‘openable [ ] cover,’’ please discuss with citations to the record evidence whether the Char-Broil Model No. 463724512 grill and the GHP DGB730SNB–D grill satisfy the ‘‘includes at least one exhaust’’ limitation for the claimed ‘‘first cover’’ in claim 1 and/or claim 10. 5. The ID found that the Respondents did not prove by clear and convincing evidence that the asserted claims of the ’712 patent have been shown to be invalid as obvious over U.S. Patent No. 5,632,265 (‘‘Koziol’’) in view of U.S. Patent No. 4,773,319 (‘‘Holland ’319’’) and/or U.S. Patent No. 6,606,986 (‘‘Holland ’986’’). Please discuss what evidence supports or does not support PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72701 modifying Koziol to include the smoke stacks disclosed in Holland ’319 and/or Holland ’986. If the ‘‘exhaust’’ limitation and/or the ‘‘exhaust means’’ limitations in claims 10 and 16 are correctly interpreted as means-plus-function limitations, please discuss whether the means-plus-function limitations of claims 10 and 16 are met by the prior art combination. 6. The ID found that the Respondents did not prove by clear and convincing evidence that the asserted claims of the ’712 patent have been shown to be invalid as obvious over U.S. Patent No. 6,189,528 (‘‘Oliver’’) in view of Holland ’319. Please discuss what evidence supports or does not support modifying Oliver to include the smoke stacks disclosed in Holland ’319. Please also discuss what evidence supports or does not support interpreting the lid ends 18 as described at column 4, line 67 to column 5, line 2 in Oliver as part of the ‘‘openable [] cover’’ and ‘‘openable [] cover means,’’ and whether the space between the lid ends and the lid reflector meets the ALJ’s construction of ‘‘exhaust.’’ If the ‘‘exhaust’’ limitation and/or the ‘‘exhaust means’’ limitations in claims 10 and 16 are correctly interpreted as means-plus-function limitations, please discuss whether the means-plus-function limitations of claims 10 and 16 are met by the prior art combination. 7. Please discuss the evidence in the record that shows or does not show that the limitations in each of the dependent claims are disclosed in the prior art. 8. What record evidence supports a finding that OLP maintains commercially significant inventories of its original grills in the United States? 9. What relief, if any, does A&J request as to defaulting respondent Keesung? In connection with the final disposition of this investigation, the Commission may (1) issue an order that could result in the exclusion of the subject articles from entry into the United States, and/or (2) issue one or more cease and desist orders that could result in the respondent(s) being required to cease and desist from engaging in unfair acts in the importation and sale of such articles. Accordingly, the Commission is interested in receiving written submissions that address the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered. If a party seeks exclusion of an article from entry into the United States for purposes other than entry for consumption, the party should so indicate and provide information establishing that activities involving other types of entry either are adversely E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 72702 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 235 / Monday, December 8, 2014 / Notices affecting it or likely to do so. For background, see Certain Devices for Connecting Computers via Telephone Lines, Inv. No. 337–TA–360, USITC Pub. No. 2843 (December 1994) (Commission Opinion). If the Commission contemplates some form of remedy, it must consider the effects of that remedy upon the public interest. The factors the Commission will consider include the effect that an exclusion order and/or cease and desist orders would have on (1) the public health and welfare, (2) competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, (3) U.S. production of articles that are like or directly competitive with those that are subject to investigation, and (4) U.S. consumers. The Commission is therefore interested in receiving written submissions that address the aforementioned public interest factors in the context of this investigation. If the Commission orders some form of remedy, the U.S. Trade Representative, as delegated by the President, has 60 days to approve or disapprove the Commission’s action. See Presidential Memorandum of July 21, 2005, 70 FR 43251 (July 26, 2005). During this period, the subject articles would be entitled to enter the United States under bond, in an amount determined by the Commission. The Commission is therefore interested in receiving submissions concerning the amount of the bond that should be imposed if a remedy is ordered. Written Submissions: The parties to the investigation are requested to file written submissions on the issues identified in this notice. Parties to the investigation, interested government agencies, and any other interested parties are encouraged to file written submissions on the issues of remedy, the public interest, and bonding. Such submissions should address the recommended determination by the ALJ on remedy and bonding with respect to the asserted patent. Complainant and OUII are also requested to submit proposed remedial orders for the Commission’s consideration. Complainant is further requested to state the date that the patent expires and the HTSUS numbers under which the accused products are imported, and provide identification information for all known importers of the subject articles. A party’s written submission on the issues of remedy, the public interest, and bonding do not count towards its 60-page limit. The written submissions and proposed remedial orders must be filed no later than close of business on Friday, December 12, 2014. Reply submissions must be filed no later than the close of business on Friday, VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:19 Dec 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 December 19, 2014. No further submissions on these issues will be permitted unless otherwise ordered by the Commission. Persons filing written submissions must file the original document electronically on or before the deadlines stated above and submit eight (8) true paper copies to the Office of the Secretary by noon the next day pursuant to section 210.4(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 210.4(f)). Submissions should refer to the investigation number (‘‘Inv. No. 337–TA–895’’) in a prominent place on the cover page and/or the first page. (See Handbook for Electronic Filing Procedures, http://www.usitc.gov/ secretary/fed_reg_notices/rules/ handbook_on_electronic_filing.pdf). Persons with questions regarding filing should contact the Secretary (202–205– 2000). Any person desiring to submit a document to the Commission in confidence must request confidential treatment. All such requests should be directed to the Secretary to the Commission and must include a full statement of the reasons why the Commission should grant such treatment. See 19 CFR 201.6. Documents for which confidential treatment by the Commission is properly sought will be treated accordingly. A redacted nonconfidential version of the document must also be filed simultaneously with the any confidential filing. All nonconfidential written submissions will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Secretary and on EDIS. The authority for the Commission’s determination is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), and in Part 210 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR part 210). Issued: December 2, 2014. By order of the Commission. Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2014–28640 Filed 12–5–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P JUDICIAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED STATES Hearings of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure; Federal Register Citation of Previous Announcement: 79FR 48250 Judicial Conference of the United States Advisory Committees on AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure. ACTION: Revised Notice of Proposed Amendments and Open Hearings. Please note: The public hearing on the amendments to the Appellate Rules and Forms previously scheduled in Washington, DC on February 12, 2015, will now take place on February 17, 2015. SUMMARY: The Advisory Committees on Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure have proposed amendments to the following rules and forms: Appellate Rules 4, 5, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28.1, 29, 32, 35, and 40, and Forms 1, 5, 6, and New Form 7 Bankruptcy Rules 1010, 1011, 2002, 3002, 3002.1, 3007, 3012, 3015, 4003, 5009, 7001, 9006, 9009, and New Rule 1012, and Official Forms 11A, 11B, 106J, 201, 202, 204, 205, 206Sum, 206A/B, 206D, 206E/F, 206G, 206H, 207, 309A, 309B, 309C, 309D, 309E, 309F, 309G, 309H, 309I, 312, 313, 314, 315, 401, 410, 410A, 410S1, 410S2, 416A, 416B, 416D, 424, and Instructions, and New Official Forms 106J–2 and 113 Civil Rules 4, 6, and 82 Criminal Rules 4, 41, and 45 Public hearings are scheduled to be held on the amendments to: • Appellate Rules and Forms in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 9, 2015, and in Washington, DC, on February 17, 2015; • Bankruptcy Rules and Official Forms in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2015, and in Pasadena, California, on February 6, 2015; • Civil Rules in Washington, DC, on October 31, 2014, and in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 9, 2015; and • Criminal Rules in Washington, DC, on November 5, 2014, and in Nashville, Tennessee, on January 30, 2015. Those wishing to testify should contact the Secretary at the address below in writing at least 30 days before the hearing. All written comments and suggestions with respect to the proposed amendments may be submitted on or after the opening of the period for public comment on August 15, 2014, but no later than February 17, 2015. Written comments must be submitted electronically, following the instructions provided at: http://www. uscourts.gov/rulesandpolicies/rules/ proposed-amendments.aspx. In accordance with established procedures, all comments submitted are available for public inspection. The text of the proposed rules amendments and the accompanying Committee Notes can be found at the E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1

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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

[Investigation No. 337-TA-895]


Certain Multiple Mode Outdoor Grills and Parts Thereof; 
Commission's Determination To Review-In-Part a Final Initial 
Determination Finding a Violation of Section 337; Schedule for Filing 
Written Submissions on the Issues Under Review and on Remedy, the 
Public Interest and Bonding

AGENCY: U.S. International Trade Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade 
Commission has determined to review-in-part the final initial 
determination (``ID'') issued by the presiding administrative law judge 
(``ALJ'') on September 26, 2014, finding a violation of section 337 of 
the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, in this 
investigation.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cathy Chen, Esq., Office of the 
General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2392. Copies of non-
confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are 
or will be available for inspection during official business hours 
(8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. 
International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, 
telephone (202) 205-2000. General information concerning the Commission 
may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server at http://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed 
on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov. 
Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter 
can be obtained by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on (202) 
205-1810.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted this investigation 
on September 26, 2013, based on a complaint filed on behalf of A&J 
Manufacturing, LLC of St. Simons, Georgia and A&J Manufacturing, Inc. 
of Green Cove Springs, Florida (collectively, ``A&J'' or 
``Complainants''). 78 FR 59373 (Sept. 26, 2013). The complaint alleged 
violations of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 
U.S.C. 1337, in the sale for importation, importation, or sale within 
the United States after importation of certain multiple mode outdoor 
grills and parts thereof by reason of infringement of certain claims of 
U.S. Patent No. 8,381,712, U.S. Patent No. D660,646, and U.S. Patent 
No. D662,773 patent. The Commission's notice of investigation, as 
amended, named numerous respondents including: The Brinkmann 
Corporation (``Brinkmann''); Academy Ltd., d/b/a Academy Sports + 
Outdoors (``Academy''); Ningbo Huige Outdoor Products Co. (``Huige''); 
Char-Broil, LLC (``Char-Broil''); Zhejiang Fudeer Electric Appliance 
Co., Ltd. (``Fudeer''); Outdoor Leisure Products, Incorporated 
(``OLP''); Dongguan Kingsun Enterprises Co., Ltd. (``Kingsun''); and 
Keesung Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (``Keesung'') (collectively ``the 
Respondents''). The Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII) is 
also a party to this investigation.
    On June 24, 2014, the Commission affirmed-in-part and vacated-in-
part an initial determination granting-in-part a motion for summary 
determination of non-infringement filed by Char-Broil, Fudeer, OLP, 
Kingsun, Tractor Supply Co. (``TSC''), and Chant Kitchen Equipment (HK) 
Ltd. (``Chant''). The Commission found that Complainants admit that the 
following redesigned grills do not infringe the '712 patent: (1) Chant/
Tractor Supply's New Model 1046761; (2) Rankam's Member's Mark Grill, 
Model No. GR2071001-MM (Ver. 2) and (3) Rankam's Smoke Canyon Grill, 
Model No. GR2034205-SC (Ver. 2). Comm'n Op. at 1 (Jun. 24, 2014). The 
Commission found the other redesigned products at issue were within the 
scope of the investigation. Id. The Commission adopted the ALJ's 
construction of the ``openable [] cover'' limitations of claims 1 and 
17 on modified grounds. Id. The Commission affirmed the ALJ's finding 
of non-infringement of claims 1 and 17 for the Char-Broil Oklahoma Joe 
Longhorn Model 12210767 Grill and adopted the ALJ's findings that the 
redesigned grills do not infringe claims 1 and 17 on modified grounds. 
Id. The Commission also found that the ``openable [] cover means'' 
limitations of claim 10 are means-plus-function limitations and 
directed the ALJ to make findings consistent with its means-plus-
function interpretation. Id. at 2.
    On September 26, 2014, the ALJ issued the final ID, finding a 
violation of section 337 as to Respondents Brinkmann, OLP, Kingsun, 
Academy, and Huige based upon his determinations: (i) That certain, but 
not all, accused products infringe at least one claim of the '712 
patent; (ii) that the domestic industry requirement has been satisfied 
with respect to the '712 patent; and (iii) that the asserted claims of 
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'712 patent have not been shown by clear and convincing evidence to be 
invalid. On October 9, 2014, the ALJ issued his recommended 
determination on remedy and bonding.
    On October 14, 2014, A&J filed a petition for review of the 
following issues: (1) The ALJ's interpretation of the scope of claim 10 
of the '712 patent; (2) the ALJ's finding that certain Char-Broil 
Grills and the certain redesigned OLP Grills do not satisfy the 
``openable [] cover means'' limitations of claim 10 of the '712 patent; 
and (3) the ALJ's finding that the Char-Broil Model 463724512 and GHP 
DGB730SNB-D grills do not satisfy the claim limitation that the first 
cover ``includes at least one exhaust'' in claims 1, 10, and 17 of the 
'712 patent.
    On the same day, Respondents Academy, Huige, OLP, and Brinkmann 
filed three separate petitions for review of the final ID. Brinkmann, 
OLP, and Academy together seek review of the following determinations: 
(1) That the asserted claims have not been shown by clear and 
convincing evidence to be invalid as obvious over U.S. Patent No. 
5,632,265 in view of U.S. Patent No. 4,773,319 (``Holland '319'') and 
U.S. Patent No. 6,606,986; and (2) that the asserted claims have not 
been shown by clear and convincing evidence to be invalid as obvious 
over U.S. Patent No. 6,189,528, either alone or in view of Holland 
'319. OLP separately challenges the ALJ's construction of the claim 
term ``exhaust,'' and his finding that certain OLP products infringe 
claims 1-16 of the '712 patent. Academy and Huige petition for review 
of the ALJ's determination (Order No. 47) to exclude evidence and 
testimony concerning their redesigns, and the ALJ's refusal to make a 
determination as to whether those redesigns infringe the '712 patent. 
A&J, Respondents, and OUII each filed a response to the petitions on 
October 22, 2014.
    Having examined the record of this investigation, including the 
final ID, the petitions for review, and the responses thereto, the 
Commission has determined to review the final ID in part. Specifically, 
the Commission has determined to review: (1) The ID's construction of 
the ``exhaust'' and ``exhaust means'' limitations in claims 10 and 16, 
and related findings regarding infringement of claims 10-16; (2) the 
ID's findings regarding infringement of claims 1, 4, and 6-8 by the 
accused Dyna-Glo grills imported by Respondent GHP; (3) the ID's 
findings regarding infringement of claims 1, 2, 4-8, 10, 11, and 13-15 
by the accused Char-Broil Model No. 463724512 grill; and (4) the ID's 
finding that the '712 patent was not shown to be invalid.
    The parties are requested to brief their positions on the issues 
under review with reference to the applicable law and the evidentiary 
record. In connection with its review, the Commission requests 
responses to the following questions only. Each party's brief 
responding to the following questions should be no more than 60 pages.
    1. Discuss whether the ``exhaust'' limitation and/or the ``exhaust 
means'' limitations in claims 10 and 16 should be interpreted as means-
plus-function limitations, including whether any presumption that these 
limitations are means-plus-function limitations has been rebutted.
    2. If the ``exhaust'' limitation and/or the ``exhaust means'' 
limitations in claims 10 and 16 are correctly interpreted as means-
plus-function limitations, (a) please identify the functions claimed in 
these limitations, as well as what structure(s) in the specification 
perform the claimed functions, and (b) discuss whether the limitations 
of claims 10-16 are met by the accused products at issue in the final 
ID.
    3. Please discuss whether A&J waived petition of the ID's finding 
that the Dyna-Glo DGJ810CSB-D grill does not infringe any asserted 
claim of the '712 patent because it lacks the claimed ``exhaust'' and 
``exhaust means'' on its openable covers. Assuming that A&J did not 
waive this finding, please discuss whether the DGJ810CSB-D grill 
infringes claims 1, 4, and 6-8 of the '712 patent.
    4. The Commission is not changing its interpretation of the claim 
term ``includes,'' which requires that an ``exhaust'' be located on the 
``openable [ ] cover,'' as set forth in the Commission's Opinion on 
June 27, 2014. Assuming that the asserted claims require that an 
``exhaust'' be located on (but not necessarily wholly within) the 
``openable [ ] cover,'' please discuss with citations to the record 
evidence whether the Char-Broil Model No. 463724512 grill and the GHP 
DGB730SNB-D grill satisfy the ``includes at least one exhaust'' 
limitation for the claimed ``first cover'' in claim 1 and/or claim 10.
    5. The ID found that the Respondents did not prove by clear and 
convincing evidence that the asserted claims of the '712 patent have 
been shown to be invalid as obvious over U.S. Patent No. 5,632,265 
(``Koziol'') in view of U.S. Patent No. 4,773,319 (``Holland '319'') 
and/or U.S. Patent No. 6,606,986 (``Holland '986''). Please discuss 
what evidence supports or does not support modifying Koziol to include 
the smoke stacks disclosed in Holland '319 and/or Holland '986. If the 
``exhaust'' limitation and/or the ``exhaust means'' limitations in 
claims 10 and 16 are correctly interpreted as means-plus-function 
limitations, please discuss whether the means-plus-function limitations 
of claims 10 and 16 are met by the prior art combination.
    6. The ID found that the Respondents did not prove by clear and 
convincing evidence that the asserted claims of the '712 patent have 
been shown to be invalid as obvious over U.S. Patent No. 6,189,528 
(``Oliver'') in view of Holland '319. Please discuss what evidence 
supports or does not support modifying Oliver to include the smoke 
stacks disclosed in Holland '319. Please also discuss what evidence 
supports or does not support interpreting the lid ends 18 as described 
at column 4, line 67 to column 5, line 2 in Oliver as part of the 
``openable [] cover'' and ``openable [] cover means,'' and whether the 
space between the lid ends and the lid reflector meets the ALJ's 
construction of ``exhaust.'' If the ``exhaust'' limitation and/or the 
``exhaust means'' limitations in claims 10 and 16 are correctly 
interpreted as means-plus-function limitations, please discuss whether 
the means-plus-function limitations of claims 10 and 16 are met by the 
prior art combination.
    7. Please discuss the evidence in the record that shows or does not 
show that the limitations in each of the dependent claims are disclosed 
in the prior art.
    8. What record evidence supports a finding that OLP maintains 
commercially significant inventories of its original grills in the 
United States?
    9. What relief, if any, does A&J request as to defaulting 
respondent Keesung?
    In connection with the final disposition of this investigation, the 
Commission may (1) issue an order that could result in the exclusion of 
the subject articles from entry into the United States, and/or (2) 
issue one or more cease and desist orders that could result in the 
respondent(s) being required to cease and desist from engaging in 
unfair acts in the importation and sale of such articles. Accordingly, 
the Commission is interested in receiving written submissions that 
address the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered. If a party 
seeks exclusion of an article from entry into the United States for 
purposes other than entry for consumption, the party should so indicate 
and provide information establishing that activities involving other 
types of entry either are adversely

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affecting it or likely to do so. For background, see Certain Devices 
for Connecting Computers via Telephone Lines, Inv. No. 337-TA-360, 
USITC Pub. No. 2843 (December 1994) (Commission Opinion).
    If the Commission contemplates some form of remedy, it must 
consider the effects of that remedy upon the public interest. The 
factors the Commission will consider include the effect that an 
exclusion order and/or cease and desist orders would have on (1) the 
public health and welfare, (2) competitive conditions in the U.S. 
economy, (3) U.S. production of articles that are like or directly 
competitive with those that are subject to investigation, and (4) U.S. 
consumers. The Commission is therefore interested in receiving written 
submissions that address the aforementioned public interest factors in 
the context of this investigation.
    If the Commission orders some form of remedy, the U.S. Trade 
Representative, as delegated by the President, has 60 days to approve 
or disapprove the Commission's action. See Presidential Memorandum of 
July 21, 2005, 70 FR 43251 (July 26, 2005). During this period, the 
subject articles would be entitled to enter the United States under 
bond, in an amount determined by the Commission. The Commission is 
therefore interested in receiving submissions concerning the amount of 
the bond that should be imposed if a remedy is ordered.
    Written Submissions: The parties to the investigation are requested 
to file written submissions on the issues identified in this notice. 
Parties to the investigation, interested government agencies, and any 
other interested parties are encouraged to file written submissions on 
the issues of remedy, the public interest, and bonding. Such 
submissions should address the recommended determination by the ALJ on 
remedy and bonding with respect to the asserted patent. Complainant and 
OUII are also requested to submit proposed remedial orders for the 
Commission's consideration. Complainant is further requested to state 
the date that the patent expires and the HTSUS numbers under which the 
accused products are imported, and provide identification information 
for all known importers of the subject articles. A party's written 
submission on the issues of remedy, the public interest, and bonding do 
not count towards its 60-page limit. The written submissions and 
proposed remedial orders must be filed no later than close of business 
on Friday, December 12, 2014. Reply submissions must be filed no later 
than the close of business on Friday, December 19, 2014. No further 
submissions on these issues will be permitted unless otherwise ordered 
by the Commission.
    Persons filing written submissions must file the original document 
electronically on or before the deadlines stated above and submit eight 
(8) true paper copies to the Office of the Secretary by noon the next 
day pursuant to section 210.4(f) of the Commission's Rules of Practice 
and Procedure (19 CFR 210.4(f)). Submissions should refer to the 
investigation number (``Inv. No. 337-TA-895'') in a prominent place on 
the cover page and/or the first page. (See Handbook for Electronic 
Filing Procedures, http://www.usitc.gov/secretary/fed_reg_notices/rules/handbook_on_electronic_filing.pdf). Persons with questions 
regarding filing should contact the Secretary (202-205-2000).
    Any person desiring to submit a document to the Commission in 
confidence must request confidential treatment. All such requests 
should be directed to the Secretary to the Commission and must include 
a full statement of the reasons why the Commission should grant such 
treatment. See 19 CFR 201.6. Documents for which confidential treatment 
by the Commission is properly sought will be treated accordingly. A 
redacted non-confidential version of the document must also be filed 
simultaneously with the any confidential filing. All non-confidential 
written submissions will be available for public inspection at the 
Office of the Secretary and on EDIS.
    The authority for the Commission's determination is contained in 
section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), and 
in Part 210 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 
part 210).

     Issued: December 2, 2014.

    By order of the Commission.
Lisa R. Barton,
Secretary to the Commission.
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