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IPR Enforcement Actions on GPS Systems, Projectors, Consumer Electronics

Monday, November 21, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

New Patent Infringement Investigations of Automotive GPS, Projectors. The International Trade Commission has instituted the following investigations to determine whether imports of the products indicated are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement.

• investigation 337-TA-814 of certain automotive GPS navigation systems, components thereof and products containing same (respondents located in Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the U.S.)

• investigation 337-TA-815 of projectors that display ultra-high resolution images and are used in various environments, including offices, cinemas and home theaters (respondents located in Japan and the U.S.)

The complainants request that after these investigations the ITC issue exclusion orders, which would direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prohibit the entry of the infringing products into the U.S., and cease and desist orders, which would require the named respondents to cease actions that violate Section 337, including selling infringing imported articles out of U.S. inventory.

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