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IPR Enforcement Actions on Dimmable Bulbs, Tires

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

$10,000 Penalty for Violating Consent Order on Dimmable Bulbs. In patent infringement investigation 337-TA-830 of certain dimmable compact fluorescent lamps and products containing same, the International Trade Commission has imposed a $10,000 civil penalty against a New Jersey company for violating a consent order prohibiting it from importing dimmable CFLs that infringe a specified patent.


Settlement Agreement in Tire Investigation. The ITC has agreed to terminate patent infringement investigation 337-TA-894 of certain tires and products containing same with respect to the sole remaining respondent based on a settlement agreement.

In addition, the ITC is requesting written submissions no later than April 25 on remedy, the public interest and bonding as to several other respondents that have been found in default during the course of the investigation. Specifically, the ITC is interested in comments on (a) the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered (i.e., an exclusion order and/or cease and desist order), (b) the effects of any such remedy on the public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, U.S. production of articles that are like or directly competitive with those that are subject to investigation, and U.S. consumers, and (c) the amount of the bond under which infringing articles could enter the U.S. during the 60-day period the president has to review any ITC-ordered remedy.

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