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New IPR Import Restrictions Sought on Stainless Steel Products

Friday, September 12, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission received Sept. 5 on behalf of Valbruna Slater Stainless Inc., Valbruna Stainless Inc. and Acciaierie Valbruna S.p.A. a petition requesting that it institute a Section 337 investigation regarding certain stainless steel products, certain processes for manufacturing or relating to same, and certain products containing same. The proposed respondents are located in India, Germany, Taiwan and the U.S.

The ITC is also requesting comments no later than Sept. 22 on any public interest issues raised by this complaint. Comments should address whether the issuance of exclusion orders and/or cease and desist orders pursuant to this complaint would affect the public health and welfare in the U.S., competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the U.S., or U.S. consumers. In particular, the ITC is interested in comments that:

- explain how the articles potentially subject to the orders are used in the U.S.;

- identify any public health, safety or welfare concerns in the U.S. relating to the potential orders;

- identify like or directly competitive articles that the complainant, its licensees or third parties make in the U.S. that could replace the subject articles if they were to be excluded;

- indicate whether the complainant, its licensees and/or third-party suppliers have the capacity to replace the volume of articles potentially subject to the requested orders within a commercially reasonable time; and

- explain how the requested orders would impact U.S. consumers.

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