New IPR Infringement Investigations of Network Devices, Ink Cartridges
The International Trade Commission has instituted the following investigations to determine whether imports of the products indicated are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement.
- investigation 337-TA-944 of certain network devices, related software and components thereof (I) covers certain types of network devices, such as switches and routers, with particular configuration management, upgrade, recover, security and scalability functionalities (complainant Cisco Systems Inc.)
- investigation 337-TA-945 of certain network devices, related software and components thereof (II) covers certain types of network devices, such as switches, with particular functionalities relating to network performance, security and/or management (complainant Cisco Systems Inc.)
- investigation 337-TA-946 of certain ink cartridges and components thereof covers such items designed for use with certain Epson ink jet printers (complainants Epson Portland Inc., Epson America Inc. and Seiko Epson Corporation)
In each case the complainants request that after the investigation the ITC issue a general or limited 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.