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IPR Enforcement Actions on Biometric Devices, Computing Devices, Graphics Devices

Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Patent Infringing Biometric Scanning Devices Excluded from Entry Into U.S. The International Trade Commission has determined that the importation, sale for importation and sale within the U.S. after importation of certain biometric scanning devices, components thereof, associated software and products containing the same are infringing specified patents. The ITC has therefore issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting the unlicensed entry of infringing products manufactured abroad or imported by or on behalf of two respondents or any of their affiliated companies, parents, subsidiaries, licensees, contractors or other related business entities, or successors or assigns. The ITC has also issued a cease and desist order prohibiting one of the two respondents from conducting any of the following activities in the U.S.: importing, selling, marketing, advertising, distributing, offering for sale, transferring (except for exportation) and soliciting U.S. agents or distributors for infringing products. A bond of 100% of the entered value of the covered products is required to permit temporary importation during the 60-day presidential review period.

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