Potential IPR Probes of Desk Platforms and Medical Equipment Evaluated for Public Interest Issues
The International Trade Commission is seeking through April 1 comments on any public interest issues raised by separate complaints alleging that the importation, sale for importation and sale within the U.S. after importation of the following products are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act.
- height-adjustable desk platforms and components thereof (complainant Varidesk LLC)
- carbon spine board, cervical collar and various medical training manikin devices, and accompanying product catalogues, product inserts, literature and components thereof (complainants Laerdal Medical Corp. and Laerdal Medical AS)
Comments should address whether the issuance of the exclusion orders and cease and desist orders requested by the complainants would affect the public health and welfare in the U.S., competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the U.S., or U.S. consumers. In particular, the ITC is interested in comments that:
- explain how the articles potentially subject to the orders are used in the U.S.;
- identify any public health, safety or welfare concerns in the U.S. relating to the potential orders;
- identify like or directly competitive articles that the complainants, their licensees or third parties make in the U.S. that could replace the subject articles if they were to be excluded;
- indicate whether the complainants, their licensees and/or third-party suppliers have the capacity to replace the volume of articles potentially subject to the requested orders within a commercially reasonable time; and
- explain how the requested orders would impact U.S. consumers.