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IPR Enforcement: Electrical Equipment, Quartz Slabs, Arrowheads, Kinesiotherapy Devices

Friday, May 13, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

New Patent Infringement Investigations. 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.

- electrical conductor composite cores and components thereof used in overhead electrical transmission lines (investigation 337-TA-995; respondents located in China and the U.S.)

- quartz slabs and portions thereof (investigation 337-TA-996; respondents located in the U.S.)

In each case, the complainant requests that after the 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.

Arrowheads with Deploying Blades. In patent infringement investigation 337-TA-977 of arrowheads with deploying blades and components therefor and packaging therefor, the ITC has found seven respondents in default because they have failed to file a response to the complaint and notice of investigation or to a show cause order.

Kinesiotherapy Devices. In patent infringement investigation 337-TA-823 of kinesiotherapy devices and components thereof, following its rescission of the general exclusion order and cease and desist orders issued previously, the ITC has rescinded consent orders issued to 11 respondents because the conduct prohibited in those consent orders has now been authorized pursuant to a settlement and cross-licensing agreement that resolved the underlying dispute.

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