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ITC Section 337 Actions on Automotive GPS Navigation Systems, Certain Consumer Electronics and Display Devices

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

New IPR Infringement Petition on Certain Consumer Electronics and Display Devices. The ITC received Nov. 17 a petition requesting that it institute a Section 337 investigation regarding certain consumer electronics and display devices and products containing the same. The proposed respondents are from Canada, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Sweden and the U.S.

The ITC is inviting comments no later than Dec. 1 on any public interest issues raised by this complaint. Comments should address whether the issuance of exclusion orders and/or cease and desist orders pursuant to this complaint would negatively affect the public health and welfare in the U.S., competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the U.S., or U.S. consumers. In particular, the ITC is interested in comments that:

• explain how the articles potentially subject to the orders are used in the U.S.;

• identify any public health, safety or welfare concerns in the U.S. relating to the potential orders;

• indicate the extent to which like or directly competitive articles are produced in or otherwise available in the U.S.; and

• indicate whether the complainants, the complainants’ licensees and/or third-party suppliers have the capacity to replace the volume of articles potentially subject to exclusion orders and cease and desist orders within a commercially reasonable time.

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