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IPR Enforcement Actions on Silicon Tuners, Toner Cartridges, Network Devices

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

New Patent Infringement Investigations of Silicon Tuners, Toner 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-917 of certain silicon tuners and products containing same, including television tuners, which allow consumers to receive broadcast television programs and watch or record them on a computer. Complainant Silicon Laboratories Inc. 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 Luxembourg, Germany and the U.S.

- Investigation 337-TA-918 of certain toner cartridges and components thereof; specifically, replaceable monochrome toner cartridges and replaceable color toner cartridges for use in laser beam printers and other laser printing machines, and photosensitive drum units contained in or sold for use in such monochrome toner cartridges. Complainants Canon Inc., Canon U.S.A. Inc. and Canon Virginia Inc. request that after this investigation the ITC issue a general 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 China, Hong Kong and the U.S.

No Import Restrictions on Network Communication Devices Charged with Patent Infringement. The International Trade Commission has terminated without the imposition of import restrictions patent infringement investigation 337-TA-892 of certain point-to-point network communication devices and products containing the same. Complainant Straight Path IP Group Inc. previously reached settlement agreements with two respondents and the investigation had already been terminated with respect to several other respondents. Straight Path then requested that the investigation be terminated with respect to the remaining respondents based on the withdrawal of its complaint.

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