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New IPR Infringement Investigation of Children’s Kits to Link Elastic Bands

Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-923 to determine whether imports of certain loom kits for creating linked articles are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are children’s hobby kits used to link together elastic bands to make articles such as bracelets.

Complainant Choon’s Design Inc. 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 China and the U.S.

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