SHELTON \u2014 BIC, the Shelton-based manufacturer of stationery, lighters and shavers, earned another legal victory in its fight against companies that import imitation lighters to the U.S. BIC received a general exclusion order from the U.S. International Trade Commission that prevents the importation into the U.S. of all lighters that imitate BIC lighters\u2019 iconic appearance regardless of who is importing the product. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection will enforce the order. \u201cThis is the best outcome we could hope for \u2014 the registered trade dress and iconic design of BIC lighters will be protected by the U.S. government,\u201d said Steve Burkhart, vice president and general counsel at BIC. \u201cHalting the importation of non-compliant, knock-off lighters into the U.S. market is not only a victory for BIC but for all of our consumers and customers who trust BIC lighters for our uncompromising commitment to safety, quality and reliability,\u201d added Burkhart. The ruling concludes an ITC investigation initiated by BIC on Dec. 6, 2018, to stop the unauthorized importation into the U.S. of low-quality, Chinese-made knock-off pocket lighters that imitate the design of BIC\u2019s lighters without upholding BIC\u2019s stringent safety and quality standards, a news release said. BIC earlier had received a similar favorable resolution with Arrow Lighter Inc., a named respondent in the investigation, in January blocking the worldwide sale of certain unauthorized, imitation pocket lighters branded \u201cMK.\u201d The ITC also investigated Benxi Fenghe Lighter Co. Ltd., Excel Wholesale Distributors Inc., Wellpine Company Limited and Zhuoye Manufacturing Co. Ltd.