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New IPR Infringement Investigation of Memory Chips and Consumer Electronics

Monday, June 02, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-916 to determine whether imports of certain non-volatile memory chips and products containing the same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are memory chips containing integrated circuits that can retain information in the absence of a power source and consumer electronics containing such chips, such as computers, tablets, phones, digital cameras, routers, and video game consoles and cartridges.

Complainant Spansion LLC 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, Japan, Hong Kong and the U.S.

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