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Archived updates for Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Unilin Challenges Laminated Floor Panel Imports from China

On July 1, 2005, Unilin Beheer B.V., Flooring Industries Ltd. and Unilin Flooring N.C.
filed a "Section 337" unfair import complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission. The complaint requests that an unfair import investigation be instituted involving "Certain Laminated Floor Panels." Such complaints typically include allegations of infringement of a U.S. patent.

The proposed respondents are 3E Business Enterprises Ltd., Canada; AMZ (Ghangzhou) Wooden Industrial Co., Ltd., China; Changzhou Dongjia Decorative Materials Co., Ltd., China; Changzhou Saili Wood Co., Ltd., China; Changzhou Wujin Zhongxin Wood Co., Ltd., China; China Floors Co. Ltd., China; Dalton Carpet Liquidators, Inc. d/b/a Dalton Flooring Liquidators, AL; Fujian Yongan Forestry (Group) Joint Stock Co., Ltd., China; HFC Horizon Flooring Ltd., OH; Huzhou Yongji Wooden Co., Ltd., China; Inter Source Trading Corporation, China and Canada; Jiangsu Lodgi Woods Industry Co. Ltd., China; Lodgi North America, Inc., Canada; Pacific Flooring Manufacture, Inc., CA; P.J. Flooring Distributor, CA; Power Dekor Group Co., Ltd., China; Quality Craft, Ltd., Canada; R.A.H. Carpet Supplies, Inc., NJ; Salvage Building Material, Inc., NC; Shanghai Dekorman Flooring Co., Ltd., China; Shanghai Zhengrun Industry Development Co., Ltd., China; Shengda Flooring Corp., China; Stalheim Industries Sdn Bhd, Malaysia; Stalheim (USA), Inc., CA; Tsailin Floorings, Inc., China; Universal Floor Covering, Inc., CA; Vegas Laminate Hardwood Floors LLC, NV; Vohringer Wood Product (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., China; Yekalon Industry, Inc., China and Yingbin (Shunde-Foshan) Wood Industry Co., Ltd., China.

The complaint has been designated as confidential and assigned Docket No. 337-2435 for indexing in the Commission's database.

The Commission now has 30-35 days from the filing date of the complaint 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 trial, and issue a written "Initial Determination," usually within about 10 months. Due to the expedited nature of these proceedings, and availability of general exclusion orders affecting non-parties, it is important to notify any potential importers of similar products as soon as possible. Click here for more information on the importance of monitoring these ITC investigations

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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