IPR Enforcement Actions on Program Guide Devices, Semiconductor Chips, Firearms
New IPR Infringement Petitions on Program Guide Devices, Semiconductors. The International Trade Commission received Nov. 15 separate petitions requesting that it institute Section 337 investigations regarding the following products.
• products containing interactive program guide and parental controls technology (proposed respondents from China and the U.S.)
• semiconductor chips with DRAM circuitry and modules and products containing same (proposed respondents from Taiwan and the U.S.)
Section 337 investigations primarily involve claims regarding intellectual property rights violations by imported goods, including the infringement of patents, trademarks and copyrights. Other forms of unfair competition involving imported products, such as misappropriation of trade secrets or trade dress and false advertising, may also be asserted. The primary remedy available in Section 337 investigations is an exclusion order that directs U.S. Customs and Border Protection to stop infringing imports from entering the U.S. In addition, the ITC may issue cease and desist orders against named importers and other persons engaged in unfair acts that violate Section 337, including selling infringing imported articles out of U.S. inventory.