USITC to probe imported thermoplastic vehicle parts

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) said it voted to institute an investigation into certain imported thermoplastic electric motors and vehicle components following a complaint by patent holding company Intellectual Ventures II LLC.

“The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain thermoplastic encapsulated electric motors, components thereof, and products and vehicles containing same that allegedly infringe patents asserted by the complainant,” said the USITC.

“The complainant requests that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.”

The USITC listed 25 companies in the probe, including Honda Motor Co Ltd, Toyota Motor Corp and BMW.

The USITC added: “The products at issue in the investigation are different types of electric motors or parts of electric motors that are encapsulated in a heat resistant plastic body or a body with heat resistant characteristics, which include motors (e.g., pumps in power steering units) used in various parts of automobiles (e.g., pumps in power steering units).”

The USITC identified the following as respondents in this investigation:

Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., of Aichi, Japan;
Aisin Holdings of America, Inc., of Seymour, IN;
Aisin Technical Center of America, Inc., of Northville, MI;
Aisin World Corporation of America, of Northville, MI;
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, of Munich, Germany;
BMW of North America, LLC, of Woodcliff Lake, NJ;
BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC, of Greer, SC;
Denso Corporation of Aichi, Japan;
Denso International America, Inc., of Southfield, MI;
Honda Motor Co., Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan;
Honda North America, Inc., of Torrance, CA;
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., of Torrance, CA;
Honda of America Mfg., Inc., of Marysville, OH;
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, of Lincoln, AL;
Honda R&D Americas, Inc., of Torrance, CA;
Mitsuba Corporation of Gunma, Japan;
American Mitsuba Corporation, of Mount Pleasant, MI;
Nidec Corporation of Kyoto, Japan;
Nidec Automotive Motor Americas, LLC, of Auburn Hills, MI;
Toyota Motor Corporation, of Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan;
Toyota Motor North America, Inc., of New York, NY;
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., of Torrance, CA;
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., of Erlanger, KY;
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc., of Princeton, IN; and
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., of Georgetown, KY.