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New Patent Infringement Investigations of Communication Devices

Monday, December 05, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

New Patent Infringement Investigations of Communication Devices. The International Trade Commission has instituted the following investigations to determine whether imports of the items indicated are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement.

• devices with secure communication applications installed in various electronic devices to create a secure communication environment between two devices when in use by consumers (respondent located in the U.S.)

• devices such as telephones, switches, wireless access points, routers and other devices used in local area networks, and cameras that are compliant with certain IEEE standards (respondents located in the Netherlands 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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