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New IPR Infringement Investigations of Noise-Cancelling Headphones, Windshield Wipers

Friday, August 29, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Headphones. The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-927 to determine whether imports of certain noise-cancelling headphones and components thereof are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are headphones for personal use with active noise-cancelling capabilities that are used to reduce unwanted ambient noise.

Complainant Bose Corporation requests that after this investigation the ITC issue 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 Ireland, China and the U.S.

Windshield Wipers. The ITC has instituted investigation 337-TA-928 to determine whether imports of certain windshield wipers and components thereof are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are windshield wipers and wiper blade couplers for connecting the wipers to wiper arms.

Complainants Valeo North America Inc. and Delmex de Juarez S. de R.L. de C.V. request that after this investigation the ITC issue a 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. The respondents in this investigation are located in Belgium and the U.S.

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