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IPR Enforcement Actions on Consumer Electronics, Stainless Steel Products, Cell Libraries

Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Consumer Electronics. The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-932 to determine whether imports of certain consumer electronics and display devices with graphics processing and graphics processing units therein are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are mobile phones, tablet computers and certain processors contained in those devices.

Complainant NVIDIA Corporation 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 Korea and the U.S.

Stainless Steel Products. The ITC has instituted investigation 337-TA-933 to determine whether imports of certain stainless steel products, certain processes for manufacturing or relating to same, and certain products containing same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of misappropriation of trade secrets. The products at issue include semi-finished products such as ingots and billets, wire rod in coils, bars and shapes, and wire, as well as downstream stainless steel products such as flanges, forgings and fasteners.

Complainants Valbruna Slater Stainless Inc., Valbruna Stainless Inc. and Acciaierie Valbruna S.p.A. request that after this investigation the ITC issue a limited exclusion order, which would direct CBP to prohibit the entry of 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 India, Germany, Taiwan and the U.S.

Standard Cell Libraries. The ITC has terminated without the imposition of import restrictions patent infringement investigation 337-TA-906 of certain standard cell libraries, products containing or made using the same, integrated circuits made using the same, and products containing such integrated circuits. This termination is based on a settlement agreement between complainant Tela Innovations Inc. and the respondents, which are located in Taiwan and the U.S.

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