ITC probes Caterpillar patent claims v German firms

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) voted to institute an investigation into allegations that German manufacturers Wirtgen GmbH and Joseph Voegele AG are infringing on patents held by Caterpillar Inc.

The USITC said it will investigate “certain road construction machines and components thereof.”

The USITC added: “The products at issue in the investigation are road construction machines, including road milling and road paving machines.

“The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Caterpillar Inc., of Peoria, IL, and Caterpillar Paving Products, Inc., of Minneapolis, MN on October 26, 2017.

“The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain road construction machines that infringe patents asserted by the complainants.

“The complainants request that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order, and a cease and desist order.”