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New IPR Infringement Investigations of Personal Electronic Devices, Fish Finders

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Communications Devices. The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-925 to determine whether imports of certain communications or computing devices and components thereof are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue include smartphones, tablet computers, media players, laptop computers, and other communication and computing-capable consumer electronic devices.

Complainant Enterprise Systems Technologies S.a.r.l. requests 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 Taiwan, Korea and the U.S.

Fish Finders. The ITC has instituted investigation 337-TA-926 to determine whether imports of certain marine sonar imaging systems, products containing the same and components thereof are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue in this investigation are side-scan, sonar imaging systems, typically referred to as “fish finders.”

Complainants Johnson Outdoors Inc. and Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics Inc. request that after this investigation the ITC issue an exclusion order, which would direct CBP 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 Taiwan and the U.S.

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