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IPR Enforcement Actions on Semiconductor Chips, Program Guide Devices, Fireplaces

Monday, December 19, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

New IPR Infringement Investigations. The International Trade Commission has instituted separate investigations to determine whether imports of the following products are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement.

• semiconductor chips with DRAM circuitry and modules and products containing same (respondents located in Taiwan and the U.S.)

• devices that incorporate interactive program guide and parental controls technology, such as televisions and Blu-ray players (respondents located in China and the U.S.)

In each case the complainants request that after the investigation the ITC issue an exclusion order, 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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