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Archived updates for Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Yamaha Requests Section 337 Investigation of Musical Instrument Imports

On December 6, 2004, Yamaha Corporation of America filed a "Section 337" complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting an unfair import investigation involving "Certain Musical Instrument Products and Packaging Thereof." The proposed respondent is A Pip’s Music NV, Belgium.

The complaint has been assigned Docket No. 337-2404 for indexing in the Commission's database. The Commission now has 30-35 days from the dates indicated above in which to decide whether to institute the investigation. Upon institution, the proposed respondent will be served with the Complaint via postal mail and an Administrative Law Judge will schedule discovery, conduct a trail, and issue a written initial determination, usually within about 10 months. Due to the expedited nature of these proceedings, it is important to notify any interested parties as soon as possible.

Click here for more information on the importance of monitoring these ITC investigations, such as by subscribing to the free "I/P Updates" news service at

Click here for a free audio-visual Internet presentation on "Unfair Import Investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission."

And, for the latest details on a particular Section 337 investigation, or to arrange a free, in-person presentation on these (and/or other) intellectual property topics, contact Bill Heinze (, at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley in Atlanta, Georgia.
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