Wirtgen Complaint Spurs Trade Patent Probe Against Caterpillar

August 22, 2017
Caterpillar logo illustrates patent probe.

The U.S. International Trade Commission will begin an investigation into certain Caterpillar road milling machines and components, after Wirtgen America filed a complaint alleging patent infringement.

Wirtgen says Caterpillar violated section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain road milling machines and components that infringe on Wirtgen patents.

The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:

  • Caterpillar Bitelli SpA of Minerbio BO, Italy;
  • Caterpillar Prodotti Stradali S.r.L. of Minerbio BO, Italy;
  • Caterpillar Americas CV of Geneva, Switzerland;
  • Caterpillar Paving Products, Inc., of Minneapolis, MN; and
  • Caterpillar Inc. of Peoria, IL.

Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. 

Caterpillar issued this response: “We are reviewing Wirtgen’s claims and are committed to defending our products to the fullest extent. Because litigation is ongoing, we cannot comment any further.”

The USITC release describes the move.

-Editors note: This article has been updated