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IPR Enforcement Actions on Graphics Systems, Footwear

Monday, February 01, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Graphics Systems. The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-984 to determine whether imports of computing or graphics systems, components thereof, and vehicles containing same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue include semiconductor chips that provide graphics functionality found in certain vehicle computing systems, navigation systems with such semiconductor chips, and vehicles that contain certain types of computing or graphic systems.

Complainant Advanced Silicon Technologies LLC requests that after this investigation the ITC issue an a limited exclusion order, which would direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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 Germany, Japan and the U.S.

Footwear. The ITC has extended to April 4 the target date for completing investigation 337-TA-936, in which certain footwear products have been found to infringe registered or common law trademarks used in connection with certain Converse shoes, such as the Chuck Taylor All Star. The presiding administrative law judge has previously recommended that the ITC issue a general exclusion order directed to footwear products that infringe the asserted trademarks and cease and desist orders directed against each respondent found to infringe.

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