The U.S. International Trade Commission will initiate an investigation of Invacare Corp.’s (NYSE:IVC) complaint that a competitor imported adjustable-height beds that infringe Invacare patents.
The Elyria, Ohio-based home healthcare products maker filed a complaint with the ITC Aug. 5, accusing Drive Medical Design and Manufacturing of Port Washington, N.Y., and
Shanghai Shunlong Physical Therapy Equipment Co. Ltd. of importing the beds from China. Invacare’s complaint alleged that the companies violated section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and asked the ITC to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders.
The ITC said its chief administrative law judge will assign the case to one of six administrative law judges, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing to make an initial determination about any possible violations.