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New IPR Infringement Investigation of TV Programs

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-886 to determine whether imports of certain TV programs, literary works for TV production and episode guides pertaining to same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of copyright infringement, unfair methods of competition and unfair acts, the threat or effect of which is to destroy or substantially injure an industry in the U.S. Complainants E.T. Radcliffe LLC and Emir Tiar request that after this 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. The respondents in this investigation are located in Canada and the U.S.

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