WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 3) — The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched an investigation of 31 international nitrile glove manufacturers for alleged patent infringement.
The ITC action is based on a complaint filed May 30 by law firm King & Spalding L.L.P. on behalf of Georgia-based Tillotson Corp. for alleged intellectual property infringement under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, King & Spalding said.
Three of the world´s largest rubber glove manufacturers — Top Glove Corp Bhd., Supermax Corp. Bhd. and Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd. — all of Malaysia, are allegedly involved.
More than 2,200 million nitrile gloves were imported into the U.S. in the past four years, with a retail value of nearly $250 million, according to the law firm.
The case has been referred to ITC administrative law judge Charles Bullock, who will hold an initial hearing to determine whether infringement exists.