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Certain Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Components Thereof; Termination of Investigation on the Basis of Settlement

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American Government Topics:  Volkswagen, Paice

Certain Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Components Thereof; Termination of Investigation on the Basis of Settlement

Lisa R. Barton
International Trade Commission
7 February 2017


[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 24 (Tuesday, February 7, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 9594-9595]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-02446]


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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

[Investigation No. 337-TA-998]


Certain Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Components Thereof; 
Termination of Investigation on the Basis of Settlement

AGENCY: U.S. International Trade Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade

[[Page 9595]]

Commission has determined not to review the presiding administrative 
law judge's (``ALJ'') initial determination (``ID'') (Order No. 15), 
which terminated the investigation on the basis of settlement.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sidney A. Rosenzweig, Office of the 
General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 708-2532. 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 TDD terminal on (202) 205-
1810.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted this investigation 
on May 23, 2016, based on an amended complaint filed by Paice LLC and 
Abell Foundation, Inc. both of Baltimore, Maryland (collectively, 
``Paice''). 81 FR 32343 (May 23, 2016). The amended complaint alleged 
violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 
U.S.C. 1337), in the importation into the United States, the sale for 
importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of 
certain hybrid electric vehicles and components thereof by reason of 
the infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,104,347; U.S. 
Patent No. 7,237,634; and U.S. Patent No. 8,214,097. The notice of 
investigation named as respondents Volkswagen AG of Wolfsburg, Germany; 
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. of Herndon, Virginia; Dr. Ing. H.C. 
F. Porsche AG of Porscheplatz, Germany; Porsche Cars North America, 
Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia; Audi AG of Ingolstadt, Germany; and Audi of 
America, of Herndon, Virginia (collectively, ``Volkswagen''). The 
Office of Unfair Import Investigations was not named as a party.
    On December 20, 2016, Paice and Volkswagen filed a joint motion to 
terminate the investigation in view of a settlement agreement between 
the parties. On December 23, 2016, they filed an amended joint motion 
to include further information.
    On January 3, 2017, the presiding ALJ granted the motion as the 
subject ID. The ALJ found that the amended motion complies with 
Commission Rules, and that granting the motion is not contrary to the 
public interest. Id. at 2-3; see 19 CFR 210.21(b), 210.50(b)(2).
    No petitions for review of the ID were filed. The Commission has 
determined not to review the ID.
    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).

    By order of the Commission.

    Issued: February 1, 2017
Lisa R. Barton,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2017-02446 Filed 2-6-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 7020-02-P

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