Certain Movable Barrier Operator Systems and Components Thereof; Final Determination Finding a Violation of Section 337; Issuance of a Limited Exclusion Order and Cease and Desist Orders; Termination of the Investigation, 79217-79218 [2020-27010]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 237 / Wednesday, December 9, 2020 / Notices Dated: December 2, 2020. Sherry A. Frear, Chief, National Register of Historic Places/ National Historic Landmarks Program. antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations. [FR Doc. 2020–27040 Filed 12–8–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P Background INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–660–661 and 731–TA–1543–1545 (Preliminary)] Utility Scale Wind Towers From India, Malaysia, and Spain jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Determinations On the basis of the record 1 developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (‘‘the Act’’), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of utility scale wind towers from India, Malaysia, and Spain, provided for in subheadings 7308.20.00 and 8502.31.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (‘‘LTFV’’) and to be subsidized by the governments of India and Malaysia.2 Commencement of Final Phase Investigations Pursuant to § 207.18 of the Commission’s rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigations. The Commission will issue a final phase notice of scheduling, which will be published in the Federal Register as provided in § 207.21 of the Commission’s rules, upon notice from the U.S. Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’) of affirmative preliminary determinations in the investigations under §§ 703(b) or 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determinations are negative, upon notice of affirmative final determinations in those investigations under §§ 705(a) or 735(a) of the Act. Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not enter a separate appearance for the final phase of the investigations. Industrial users, and, if the merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations have the right to appear as parties in Commission 1 The record is defined in § 207.2(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)). 2 85 FR 73019 (November 16, 2020) and 85 FR 73023 (November 16, 2020). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:16 Dec 08, 2020 Jkt 253001 On September 30, 2020, the Wind Tower Trade Coalition (Arcosa Wind Towers Inc. (Dallas, Texas) and Broadwind Towers, Inc. (Manitowoc, Wisconsin)) filed petitions with the Commission and Commerce, alleging that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of subsidized imports of utility scale wind towers from India and Malaysia and LTFV imports of utility scale wind towers from India, Malaysia, and Spain. Accordingly, effective September 30, 2020, the Commission instituted countervailing duty investigation Nos. 701–TA–660–661 and antidumping duty investigation Nos. 731–TA–1543– 1545 (Preliminary). Notice of the institution of the Commission’s investigations and of a public conference through video conferencing to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of October 6, 2020 (85 FR 63137). In light of the restrictions on access to the Commission building due to the COVID–19 pandemic, the Commission conducted its conference through written testimony and video conference on October 21, 2020. All persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to participate. The Commission made these determinations pursuant to §§ 703(a) and 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)). It completed and filed its determinations in these investigations on December 4, 2020. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 5146 (December 2020), entitled Utility Scale Wind Towers from India, Malaysia, and Spain: Investigation Nos. 701–TA–660– 661 and 731–TA–1543–1545 (Preliminary). By order of the Commission. Issued: December 4, 2020. Lisa Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2020–27043 Filed 12–8–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79217 INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337–TA–1118] Certain Movable Barrier Operator Systems and Components Thereof; Final Determination Finding a Violation of Section 337; Issuance of a Limited Exclusion Order and Cease and Desist Orders; Termination of the Investigation U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) has determined to: (1) Find that respondents Nortek Security & Control, LLC of Carlsbad, California; Nortek, Inc. of Providence, Rhode Island; and GTO Access Systems, LLC of Tallahassee, Florida (collectively, ‘‘Nortek’’) have violated Section 337 by way of infringing claims 1 and 21 of U.S. Patent No. 7,755,223 (‘‘the ’223 patent’’); and (2) issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders against each Nortek respondent, and set a bond in the amount of 100 percent of the entered value of the covered products during the period of Presidential review. The investigation is hereby terminated. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carl P. Bretscher, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2382. Copies of non-confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket system (‘‘EDIS’’) at https://edis.usitc.gov. For help accessing EDIS, please email EDIS3Help@usitc.gov. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server at https://www.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal, telephone (202) 205–1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted this investigation on June 11, 2018, based on a complaint, as supplemented, filed by The Chamberlain Group, Inc. (‘‘CGI’’) of Oak Brook, Illinois. 83 FR 27020–21 (June 11, 2018). The complaint alleges a violation of section 337 the Tariff Act, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337 (‘‘Section 337’’) in the importation, sale for importation, or sale in the United States after importation of certain movable barrier operator (‘‘MBO’’) systems that SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\09DEN1.SGM 09DEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 79218 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 237 / Wednesday, December 9, 2020 / Notices purportedly infringe one or more of the asserted claims of the ’223 patent and U.S. Patent Nos. 8,587,404 (‘‘the ’404 patent’’) and 6,741,052 (‘‘the ’052 patent’’). Id. The Commission’s notice of investigation named Nortek as respondents. Id. The Office of Unfair Import Investigations was not named as a party to this investigation. See id. The Commission subsequently terminated the investigation with respect to certain patent claims withdrawn by CGI. See Order No. 16 (Feb. 5, 2019), unreviewed by Comm’n Notice (March 6, 2019); Order No. 27 (June 7, 2019), unreviewed by Comm’n Notice (June 27, 2019); Order No. 31 (July 30, 2019), unreviewed by Comm’n Notice (Aug. 19, 2019); Order No. 32 (Sept. 27, 2019), unreviewed by Comm’n Notice (Oct. 17, 2019). On June 5, 2019, the presiding administrative law judge (‘‘ALJ’’) issued a Markman order (Order No. 25) construing the claim terms in dispute. On December 12, 2018, CGI filed a motion for summary determination that it satisfied the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement. Nortek opposed the motion. On June 6, 2019, the ALJ issued a notice advising the parties that the motion would be granted and a formal written order would be issued later. Order No. 26 (June 6, 2019). The ALJ held an evidentiary hearing on the issues in dispute on June 10–14, 2019. On November 25, 2019, the ALJ issued Order No. 38, finding no issue of material fact that CGI’s investments in labor and capital relating to its domestic industry products were ‘‘significant’’ and that CGI has satisfied the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement pursuant to Section 337(a)(3)(B) (19 U.S.C. 1337(a)(3)(B)). Order No. 38 (Nov. 25, 2019). Order No. 38 also finds that genuine issues of material fact precluded entry of summary determination with respect to CGI’s investments in plant and equipment, under Section 337(a)(3)(A) (19 U.S.C. 1337(a)(3)(A)). Id. On the same date, the ALJ issued the final Initial Determination on Violation of Section 337 (‘‘Final ID’’) and Recommended Determination on Remedy and Bond (‘‘RD’’), finding no violation of Section 337 because the asserted claims of the ’223 and ’404 patents, if valid, are not infringed and the asserted claim of the ’052 patent is invalid, even if infringed. The RD sets forth the ALJ’s recommendations on remedy and bond. On February 19, 2020, the Commission issued a notice of its determination to review Order No. 38 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:16 Dec 08, 2020 Jkt 253001 and to partially review the Final ID with respect to certain issues relating to each of the three asserted patents. 85 FR 10723–26 (Feb. 25, 2020). The Commission directed the parties to brief questions on violation and requested briefing from the parties, the public, and any interested government entities on remedy, the public interest, and bonding. Id. at 10725. The parties submitted initial responses and replies in response to the notice. The Commission did not receive any comments from third parties in response to its notice. On April 22, 2020, the Commission issued a determination finding no violation with respect to the ’404 and ’052 patents. Comm’n Notice at 3 (April 22, 2020). The Commission also vacated Order No. 38 and remanded the economic prong issue to the presiding ALJ for further proceedings while the Commission continued to review issues relating to the ’223 patent. Id.; Order Vacating and Remanding Order No. 38 (April 22, 2020) (‘‘Remand Order’’). On May 15, 2020, the ALJ issued Order No. 39, seeking additional information from the parties in light of the Commission’s Remand Order. Order No. 39 (May 15, 2020). On July 10, 2020, the ALJ issued the subject Remand Initial Determination (‘‘Remand ID’’), finding that CGI has made significant investments, both quantitatively and qualitatively, in plant and equipment and labor and capital, pursuant to Section 337(a)(3)(A) and (B) (19 U.S.C. 1337(a)(3)(A), (B)), respectively. Remand ID (July 10, 2020). The Remand ID concludes that CGI has satisfied the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement in relation to the ’223 patent, pursuant to Sections 337(a)(3)(A) and (B). Id. On July 20, 2020, Nortek filed a petition for review of the Remand ID. CGI filed its opposition to Nortek’s petition for review on July 27, 2020. On September 9, 2020, the Commission determined to review the Remand ID and directed the parties to brief a number of questions with respect to the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement. 85 FR 57249–51 (Sept. 15, 2020). The Commission also allowed the parties to update their prior submissions on remedy, the public interest, and bonding, if necessary, and invited interested government entities and other interested parties to file written submissions on those issues as well. Id. at 57251. The parties filed their initial responses to the Commission’s questions on September 23, 2020. The parties filed their respective replies on September 30, 2020. The Commission PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 did not receive any comments from third parties in response to its notice. Having reviewed the Remand ID, the parties’ submissions, and the evidence of record, the Commission has determined to find that Nortek violated Section 337 with respect to the ’223 patent. In particular, the Commission finds that Nortek infringed claims 1 and 21 of the ’223 patent; CGI practiced at least claim 1 of the patent; and CGI satisfied the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement with respect to the ’223 patent under both Sections 337(a)(3)(A) and (B). The Commission has determined to issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders against each Nortek respondent and to impose a bond in the amount of 100 percent of the entered value of the covered products during the period of Presidential review. The Commission has further determined that the statutory public interest factors do not preclude issuance of a remedy. The investigation is hereby terminated. The Commission voted to approve these determinations on December 3, 2020. The authority for the Commission’s determinations 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). By order of the Commission. Issued: December 3, 2020. Lisa Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2020–27010 Filed 12–8–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to The National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—Electrified Vehicle and Energy Storage Evaluation Notice is hereby given that, on December 1, 2020, pursuant to Section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (‘‘the Act’’), Electrified Vehicle and Energy Storage Evaluation (‘‘EVESE’’) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing changes in its membership. 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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

[Investigation No. 337-TA-1118]


Certain Movable Barrier Operator Systems and Components Thereof; 
Final Determination Finding a Violation of Section 337; Issuance of a 
Limited Exclusion Order and Cease and Desist Orders; Termination of the 
Investigation

AGENCY: U.S. International Trade Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade 
Commission (the ``Commission'') has determined to: (1) Find that 
respondents Nortek Security & Control, LLC of Carlsbad, California; 
Nortek, Inc. of Providence, Rhode Island; and GTO Access Systems, LLC 
of Tallahassee, Florida (collectively, ``Nortek'') have violated 
Section 337 by way of infringing claims 1 and 21 of U.S. Patent No. 
7,755,223 (``the '223 patent''); and (2) issue a limited exclusion 
order and cease and desist orders against each Nortek respondent, and 
set a bond in the amount of 100 percent of the entered value of the 
covered products during the period of Presidential review. The 
investigation is hereby terminated.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carl P. Bretscher, Office of the 
General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2382. Copies of non-
confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation may 
be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket system (``EDIS'') at 
https://edis.usitc.gov. For help accessing EDIS, please email 
[email protected]. General information concerning the Commission may 
also be obtained by accessing its internet server at https://www.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on 
this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission's TDD 
terminal, telephone (202) 205-1810.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted this investigation 
on June 11, 2018, based on a complaint, as supplemented, filed by The 
Chamberlain Group, Inc. (``CGI'') of Oak Brook, Illinois. 83 FR 27020-
21 (June 11, 2018). The complaint alleges a violation of section 337 
the Tariff Act, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337 (``Section 337'') in the 
importation, sale for importation, or sale in the United States after 
importation of certain movable barrier operator (``MBO'') systems that

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purportedly infringe one or more of the asserted claims of the '223 
patent and U.S. Patent Nos. 8,587,404 (``the '404 patent'') and 
6,741,052 (``the '052 patent''). Id. The Commission's notice of 
investigation named Nortek as respondents. Id. The Office of Unfair 
Import Investigations was not named as a party to this investigation. 
See id.
    The Commission subsequently terminated the investigation with 
respect to certain patent claims withdrawn by CGI. See Order No. 16 
(Feb. 5, 2019), unreviewed by Comm'n Notice (March 6, 2019); Order No. 
27 (June 7, 2019), unreviewed by Comm'n Notice (June 27, 2019); Order 
No. 31 (July 30, 2019), unreviewed by Comm'n Notice (Aug. 19, 2019); 
Order No. 32 (Sept. 27, 2019), unreviewed by Comm'n Notice (Oct. 17, 
2019).
    On June 5, 2019, the presiding administrative law judge (``ALJ'') 
issued a Markman order (Order No. 25) construing the claim terms in 
dispute.
    On December 12, 2018, CGI filed a motion for summary determination 
that it satisfied the economic prong of the domestic industry 
requirement. Nortek opposed the motion. On June 6, 2019, the ALJ issued 
a notice advising the parties that the motion would be granted and a 
formal written order would be issued later. Order No. 26 (June 6, 
2019).
    The ALJ held an evidentiary hearing on the issues in dispute on 
June 10-14, 2019.
    On November 25, 2019, the ALJ issued Order No. 38, finding no issue 
of material fact that CGI's investments in labor and capital relating 
to its domestic industry products were ``significant'' and that CGI has 
satisfied the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement 
pursuant to Section 337(a)(3)(B) (19 U.S.C. 1337(a)(3)(B)). Order No. 
38 (Nov. 25, 2019). Order No. 38 also finds that genuine issues of 
material fact precluded entry of summary determination with respect to 
CGI's investments in plant and equipment, under Section 337(a)(3)(A) 
(19 U.S.C. 1337(a)(3)(A)). Id.
    On the same date, the ALJ issued the final Initial Determination on 
Violation of Section 337 (``Final ID'') and Recommended Determination 
on Remedy and Bond (``RD''), finding no violation of Section 337 
because the asserted claims of the '223 and '404 patents, if valid, are 
not infringed and the asserted claim of the '052 patent is invalid, 
even if infringed. The RD sets forth the ALJ's recommendations on 
remedy and bond.
    On February 19, 2020, the Commission issued a notice of its 
determination to review Order No. 38 and to partially review the Final 
ID with respect to certain issues relating to each of the three 
asserted patents. 85 FR 10723-26 (Feb. 25, 2020). The Commission 
directed the parties to brief questions on violation and requested 
briefing from the parties, the public, and any interested government 
entities on remedy, the public interest, and bonding. Id. at 10725. The 
parties submitted initial responses and replies in response to the 
notice. The Commission did not receive any comments from third parties 
in response to its notice.
    On April 22, 2020, the Commission issued a determination finding no 
violation with respect to the '404 and '052 patents. Comm'n Notice at 3 
(April 22, 2020). The Commission also vacated Order No. 38 and remanded 
the economic prong issue to the presiding ALJ for further proceedings 
while the Commission continued to review issues relating to the '223 
patent. Id.; Order Vacating and Remanding Order No. 38 (April 22, 2020) 
(``Remand Order'').
    On May 15, 2020, the ALJ issued Order No. 39, seeking additional 
information from the parties in light of the Commission's Remand Order. 
Order No. 39 (May 15, 2020). On July 10, 2020, the ALJ issued the 
subject Remand Initial Determination (``Remand ID''), finding that CGI 
has made significant investments, both quantitatively and 
qualitatively, in plant and equipment and labor and capital, pursuant 
to Section 337(a)(3)(A) and (B) (19 U.S.C. 1337(a)(3)(A), (B)), 
respectively. Remand ID (July 10, 2020). The Remand ID concludes that 
CGI has satisfied the economic prong of the domestic industry 
requirement in relation to the '223 patent, pursuant to Sections 
337(a)(3)(A) and (B). Id.
    On July 20, 2020, Nortek filed a petition for review of the Remand 
ID. CGI filed its opposition to Nortek's petition for review on July 
27, 2020. On September 9, 2020, the Commission determined to review the 
Remand ID and directed the parties to brief a number of questions with 
respect to the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement. 85 
FR 57249-51 (Sept. 15, 2020). The Commission also allowed the parties 
to update their prior submissions on remedy, the public interest, and 
bonding, if necessary, and invited interested government entities and 
other interested parties to file written submissions on those issues as 
well. Id. at 57251.
    The parties filed their initial responses to the Commission's 
questions on September 23, 2020. The parties filed their respective 
replies on September 30, 2020. The Commission did not receive any 
comments from third parties in response to its notice.
    Having reviewed the Remand ID, the parties' submissions, and the 
evidence of record, the Commission has determined to find that Nortek 
violated Section 337 with respect to the '223 patent. In particular, 
the Commission finds that Nortek infringed claims 1 and 21 of the '223 
patent; CGI practiced at least claim 1 of the patent; and CGI satisfied 
the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement with respect to 
the '223 patent under both Sections 337(a)(3)(A) and (B). The 
Commission has determined to issue a limited exclusion order and cease 
and desist orders against each Nortek respondent and to impose a bond 
in the amount of 100 percent of the entered value of the covered 
products during the period of Presidential review. The Commission has 
further determined that the statutory public interest factors do not 
preclude issuance of a remedy. The investigation is hereby terminated.
    The Commission voted to approve these determinations on December 3, 
2020.
    The authority for the Commission's determinations 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).

    By order of the Commission.

    Issued: December 3, 2020.
Lisa Barton,
Secretary to the Commission.
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