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Download as PDF 3944 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 15 / Thursday, January 23, 2020 / Notices INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337–TA–1088] Certain Road Construction Machines and Components Thereof Notice of Commission Determination To Institute a Modification Proceeding; Request for Written Submissions U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to institute a modification proceeding in the abovecaptioned investigation and is requesting written submissions from the parties on the issues discussed herein. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan Valentine, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone 202– 708–2301. 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 https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https:// 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 November 29, 2017, based on a complaint, as supplemented, filed by Caterpillar Inc. of Peoria, Illinois and Caterpillar Paving Products, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota (collectively, ‘‘Complainants’’). See 82 FR 56625–26 (Nov. 29, 2017). The complaint, as supplemented, alleged violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain road construction machines and components thereof by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,140,693 (‘‘the ’693 patent’’); 9,045,871; and 7,641,419. See id. The notice of investigation identified the following respondents: Wirtgen jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Jan 22, 2020 Jkt 250001 GmbH of Windhagen, Germany; Joseph Vo¨gele AG of Ludwigshafen, Germany; Wirtgen Group Holding GmbH (‘‘Wirtgen Group’’) of Windhagen, Germany; and Wirtgen America, Inc. (‘‘Wirtgen America’’) of Antioch, Tennessee. See id. The Office of Unfair Import Investigations was not a party to this investigation. See id. On February 14, 2019, the Administrative Law Judge (‘‘ALJ’’) issued a final initial determination (‘‘FID’’) finding a violation of section 337 with respect to claim 19 of the ’693 patent. On June 27, 2019, the Commission affirmed with modification the FID’s findings. See 84 FR 31910 (July 3, 2019). The Commission issued a limited exclusion order (‘‘LEO’’) against the infringing products of respondents Wirtgen GmbH, Wirtgen Group, and Wirtgen America (collectively, ‘‘Wirtgen’’), and a cease and desist order against Wirtgen America. See id. In particular, the LEO covers certain of Wirtgen’s series 1810 road-milling machines which were found to infringe claim 19 of the ’693 patent but explicitly does not cover Wirtgen’s series 1310 road-milling machines, which were found not to infringe that claim. See Comm’n Op. at 46, 50; LEO at ¶ 2 (including an explicit exemption for Wirtgen’s series 1310 machines). On August 9 and 27, 2019, respectively, Wirtgen filed a first motion before the Commission and before the Federal Circuit requesting a stay of the remedial orders pending appeal. See ECF No. 2 (Appeal No. 19–2320). On September 12, 2019, the Commission denied Wirtgen’s motion. EDIS Doc. No. 688119. On October 10, 2019, the Federal Circuit denied Wirtgen’s motion. On December 6, 2019, the Commission received a letter from United States Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) requesting clarification as to whether the Commission adjudicated any redesigned versions of Wirtgen’s series 1810 milling machines. See EDIS Doc. No. 699429. On December 12, 2019, the Commission responded to CBP’s letter and confirmed that it did not adjudicate Wirtgen’s redesigned series 1810 machines. See EDIS Doc. No. 699436. On December 18, 2019, CBP excluded certain Wirtgen cold milling machines (Models W 120 XFi and W 120 XTi) from entry into the United States. On December 31, 2019, Wirtgen filed a renewed motion (‘‘Renewed Motion’’) to stay the Commission’s remedial orders. Should the Commission deny its Renewed Motion, Wirtgen requests that the Commission ‘‘clarify that the current PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 remedial order does not exclude Wirtgen’s Redesigned 1810 Series machines.’’ See Renewed Motion at 12; see also id. at 3, 7 (discussing ‘‘changed circumstances’’ warranting a stay). The Commission has determined to institute a modification proceeding pursuant to Commission authority under 19 U.S.C. 1337(k) and Commission Rule 210.76, 19 CFR 210.76. The modification proceeding is addressed to whether Wirtgen’s redesigned Models XFi and XTi machines infringe claim 19 of the ’693 patent and therefore fall within the scope of the LEO, or whether the LEO should be modified to include an explicit exemption for Wirtgen’s Model XFi and XTi redesigned machines. The Commission finds such institution to be warranted in the present investigation in view of the following facts. First, Wirtgen’s Renewed Motion requests the Commission to clarify the scope of the Commission’s remedial orders. Second, as noted above, the Commission did not adjudicate whether any redesigned products infringe the asserted patent claims. Wirtgen alleges that it requested the ALJ to make findings as to those products in the underlying violation investigation. See Renewed Motion at 13. When the ALJ declined to do so, Wirtgen did not petition the Commission for review of that decision, and those issues were ‘‘deemed to have been abandoned’’ pursuant to Commission Rule 210.43(b)(2). Third, when CBP sought to adjudicate, pursuant to CBP’s authority under 19 CFR part 177, whether the redesigned products infringe, Wirtgen declined to consent to an inter partes proceeding in which Caterpillar would be able to be heard, and thus declined CBP’s invitation for CBP to issue a ruling under 19 CFR part 177. Pursuant to the pilot program to test expedited procedures for modification proceedings (see https://www.usitc.gov/ press_room/featured_news/pilot_ program_will_test_expedited_ procedures_usitc.htm, the parties shall provide their positions as to whether the modification proceeding requires extensive or limited fact-finding and whether delegation to an ALJ for issuance of a recommended determination is warranted. As part of their arguments concerning the appropriate procedure, the parties may also identify any evidence from the record establishing whether or not Wirtgen’s redesigned Models XFi and XTi machines infringe claim 19 of the ’693 patent and whether or not the LEO should be modified to include an explicit exemption for Wirtgen’s Model E:\FR\FM\23JAN1.SGM 23JAN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 15 / Thursday, January 23, 2020 / Notices XFi and XTi machines. The parties shall also propose a schedule for issuing the ALJ’s recommended determination, if any, and the final Commission determination in the modification proceeding. Written Submissions: Parties to the investigation are requested to file written submissions on the issues discussed herein. Written submissions must be filed no later than close of business on January 31, 2020, and may not exceed 30 pages in length, exclusive of any exhibits. Reply submissions must be filed no later than the close of business on February 7, 2020, and may not exceed 15 pages in length, exclusive of any exhibits. No further submissions on any of 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–1088’’) in a prominent place on the cover page and/or the first page. (See Handbook for Electronic Filing Procedures, https://www.usitc.gov/ documents/handbook_on_filing_ procedures.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. All information, including confidential business information and documents for which confidential treatment is properly sought, submitted to the Commission for purposes of this Investigation may be disclosed to and used: (i) By the Commission, its employees and Offices, and contract personnel (a) for developing or maintaining the records of this or a related proceeding, or (b) in internal investigations, audits, reviews, and evaluations relating to the programs, personnel, and operations of the Commission including under 5 U.S.C. Appendix 3; or (ii) by U.S. government employees and contract VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Jan 22, 2020 Jkt 250001 personnel,1 solely for cybersecurity purposes. 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). To the extent that Commission Rule 210.76, 19 CFR 210.76, contemplates, as is ordinarily the case, the existence of a petition for a modification proceeding, the Commission has determined that Wirtgen’s renewed motion for stay is tantamount to such a petition. Alternatively, the Commission has determined that institution of a modification proceeding is also warranted based on the Commission’s authority, sua sponte, to institute a modification proceeding. Commission Rule 210.76(a)(1), 19 CFR 210.76(a)(1) (‘‘The Commission may also in its own initiative consider such action’’ to modify its remedial orders.). The Commission also finds that good cause exists, for the reasons set forth above— including Wirtgen’s previous failures to exhaust administrative processes—to waive or suspend Rule 210.76’s contemplation of a petition. Commission Rule 201.4(b), 19 CFR 201.4. By order of the Commission. Issued: January 16, 2020. Lisa Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2020–01022 Filed 1–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–637 and 731– TA–1471 (Preliminary)] Vertical Shaft Engines From China; Institution of Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations and Scheduling of Preliminary Phase Investigations United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Commission hereby gives notice of the institution of investigations and commencement of preliminary phase antidumping and countervailing duty investigation Nos. 701–TA–637 and 731–TA–1417 (Preliminary) SUMMARY: 1 All contract personnel will sign appropriate nondisclosure agreements. PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3945 pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (‘‘the Act’’) to determine whether there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an industry in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of imports of vertical shaft engines from China, provided for in subheadings 8407.90.10, 8407.90.90, 8409.91.50, and 8409.91.99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value and alleged to be subsidized by the Government of China. Unless the Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’) extends the time for initiation, the Commission must reach a preliminary determination in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations in 45 days, or in this case by March 2, 2020. The Commission’s views must be transmitted to Commerce within five business days thereafter, or by March 9, 2020. DATES: January 15, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Abu B. Kanu (205–2597), Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Hearingimpaired persons can obtain information on this matter by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202– 205–1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202–205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server (https:// www.usitc.gov). The public record for these investigations may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background.—These investigations are being instituted, pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)), in response to petitions filed on January 15, 2020, by the Coalition of American Vertical Engine Producers (Kohler Co., Kohler, Wisconsin, and Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin). For further information concerning the conduct of these investigations and rules of general application, consult the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, subparts A and B (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subparts A and B (19 CFR part 207). Participation in the investigations and public service list.—Persons (other than petitioner) wishing to participate in the E:\FR\FM\23JAN1.SGM 23JAN1

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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

[Investigation No. 337-TA-1088]


Certain Road Construction Machines and Components Thereof Notice 
of Commission Determination To Institute a Modification Proceeding; 
Request for Written Submissions

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 institute a modification proceeding in the 
above-captioned investigation and is requesting written submissions 
from the parties on the issues discussed herein.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan Valentine, Office of the General 
Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20436, telephone 202-708-2301. 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 https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed 
on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS) at https://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 November 29, 2017, based on a complaint, as supplemented, filed by 
Caterpillar Inc. of Peoria, Illinois and Caterpillar Paving Products, 
Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota (collectively, ``Complainants''). See 82 
FR 56625-26 (Nov. 29, 2017). The complaint, as supplemented, alleged 
violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 
U.S.C. 1337), based upon the importation into the United States, the 
sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after 
importation of certain road construction machines and components 
thereof by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 
7,140,693 (``the '693 patent''); 9,045,871; and 7,641,419. See id. The 
notice of investigation identified the following respondents: Wirtgen 
GmbH of Windhagen, Germany; Joseph V[ouml]gele AG of Ludwigshafen, 
Germany; Wirtgen Group Holding GmbH (``Wirtgen Group'') of Windhagen, 
Germany; and Wirtgen America, Inc. (``Wirtgen America'') of Antioch, 
Tennessee. See id. The Office of Unfair Import Investigations was not a 
party to this investigation. See id.
    On February 14, 2019, the Administrative Law Judge (``ALJ'') issued 
a final initial determination (``FID'') finding a violation of section 
337 with respect to claim 19 of the '693 patent. On June 27, 2019, the 
Commission affirmed with modification the FID's findings. See 84 FR 
31910 (July 3, 2019). The Commission issued a limited exclusion order 
(``LEO'') against the infringing products of respondents Wirtgen GmbH, 
Wirtgen Group, and Wirtgen America (collectively, ``Wirtgen''), and a 
cease and desist order against Wirtgen America. See id. In particular, 
the LEO covers certain of Wirtgen's series 1810 road-milling machines 
which were found to infringe claim 19 of the '693 patent but explicitly 
does not cover Wirtgen's series 1310 road-milling machines, which were 
found not to infringe that claim. See Comm'n Op. at 46, 50; LEO at ] 2 
(including an explicit exemption for Wirtgen's series 1310 machines).
    On August 9 and 27, 2019, respectively, Wirtgen filed a first 
motion before the Commission and before the Federal Circuit requesting 
a stay of the remedial orders pending appeal. See ECF No. 2 (Appeal No. 
19-2320). On September 12, 2019, the Commission denied Wirtgen's 
motion. EDIS Doc. No. 688119. On October 10, 2019, the Federal Circuit 
denied Wirtgen's motion.
    On December 6, 2019, the Commission received a letter from United 
States Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') requesting clarification 
as to whether the Commission adjudicated any redesigned versions of 
Wirtgen's series 1810 milling machines. See EDIS Doc. No. 699429. On 
December 12, 2019, the Commission responded to CBP's letter and 
confirmed that it did not adjudicate Wirtgen's redesigned series 1810 
machines. See EDIS Doc. No. 699436.
    On December 18, 2019, CBP excluded certain Wirtgen cold milling 
machines (Models W 120 XFi and W 120 XTi) from entry into the United 
States.
    On December 31, 2019, Wirtgen filed a renewed motion (``Renewed 
Motion'') to stay the Commission's remedial orders. Should the 
Commission deny its Renewed Motion, Wirtgen requests that the 
Commission ``clarify that the current remedial order does not exclude 
Wirtgen's Redesigned 1810 Series machines.'' See Renewed Motion at 12; 
see also id. at 3, 7 (discussing ``changed circumstances'' warranting a 
stay).
    The Commission has determined to institute a modification 
proceeding pursuant to Commission authority under 19 U.S.C. 1337(k) and 
Commission Rule 210.76, 19 CFR 210.76. The modification proceeding is 
addressed to whether Wirtgen's redesigned Models XFi and XTi machines 
infringe claim 19 of the '693 patent and therefore fall within the 
scope of the LEO, or whether the LEO should be modified to include an 
explicit exemption for Wirtgen's Model XFi and XTi redesigned machines.
    The Commission finds such institution to be warranted in the 
present investigation in view of the following facts. First, Wirtgen's 
Renewed Motion requests the Commission to clarify the scope of the 
Commission's remedial orders. Second, as noted above, the Commission 
did not adjudicate whether any redesigned products infringe the 
asserted patent claims. Wirtgen alleges that it requested the ALJ to 
make findings as to those products in the underlying violation 
investigation. See Renewed Motion at 13. When the ALJ declined to do 
so, Wirtgen did not petition the Commission for review of that 
decision, and those issues were ``deemed to have been abandoned'' 
pursuant to Commission Rule 210.43(b)(2). Third, when CBP sought to 
adjudicate, pursuant to CBP's authority under 19 CFR part 177, whether 
the redesigned products infringe, Wirtgen declined to consent to an 
inter partes proceeding in which Caterpillar would be able to be heard, 
and thus declined CBP's invitation for CBP to issue a ruling under 19 
CFR part 177.
    Pursuant to the pilot program to test expedited procedures for 
modification proceedings (see https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/featured_news/pilot_program_will_test_expedited_procedures_usitc.htm, 
the parties shall provide their positions as to whether the 
modification proceeding requires extensive or limited fact-finding and 
whether delegation to an ALJ for issuance of a recommended 
determination is warranted. As part of their arguments concerning the 
appropriate procedure, the parties may also identify any evidence from 
the record establishing whether or not Wirtgen's redesigned Models XFi 
and XTi machines infringe claim 19 of the '693 patent and whether or 
not the LEO should be modified to include an explicit exemption for 
Wirtgen's Model

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XFi and XTi machines. The parties shall also propose a schedule for 
issuing the ALJ's recommended determination, if any, and the final 
Commission determination in the modification proceeding.
    Written Submissions: Parties to the investigation are requested to 
file written submissions on the issues discussed herein.
    Written submissions must be filed no later than close of business 
on January 31, 2020, and may not exceed 30 pages in length, exclusive 
of any exhibits. Reply submissions must be filed no later than the 
close of business on February 7, 2020, and may not exceed 15 pages in 
length, exclusive of any exhibits. No further submissions on any of 
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-1088'') in a prominent place on 
the cover page and/or the first page. (See Handbook for Electronic 
Filing Procedures, https://www.usitc.gov/documents/handbook_on_filing_procedures.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. All 
information, including confidential business information and documents 
for which confidential treatment is properly sought, submitted to the 
Commission for purposes of this Investigation may be disclosed to and 
used: (i) By the Commission, its employees and Offices, and contract 
personnel (a) for developing or maintaining the records of this or a 
related proceeding, or (b) in internal investigations, audits, reviews, 
and evaluations relating to the programs, personnel, and operations of 
the Commission including under 5 U.S.C. Appendix 3; or (ii) by U.S. 
government employees and contract personnel,\1\ solely for 
cybersecurity purposes. All non-confidential written submissions will 
be available for public inspection at the Office of the Secretary and 
on EDIS.
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    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). To the extent that Commission Rule 210.76, 19 CFR 210.76, 
contemplates, as is ordinarily the case, the existence of a petition 
for a modification proceeding, the Commission has determined that 
Wirtgen's renewed motion for stay is tantamount to such a petition. 
Alternatively, the Commission has determined that institution of a 
modification proceeding is also warranted based on the Commission's 
authority, sua sponte, to institute a modification proceeding. 
Commission Rule 210.76(a)(1), 19 CFR 210.76(a)(1) (``The Commission may 
also in its own initiative consider such action'' to modify its 
remedial orders.). The Commission also finds that good cause exists, 
for the reasons set forth above--including Wirtgen's previous failures 
to exhaust administrative processes--to waive or suspend Rule 210.76's 
contemplation of a petition. Commission Rule 201.4(b), 19 CFR 201.4.

    By order of the Commission.

    Issued: January 16, 2020.
Lisa Barton,
Secretary to the Commission.
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