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IPR Enforcement: Computer Chips, Potassium Chloride Powder Products

Monday, June 20, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Silicon-on-Insulator Wafers. The International Trade Commission has terminated patent infringement investigation 337-TA-966 of silicon-on-insulator wafers based on Silicon Genesis Corp.’s withdrawal of its complaint.

Graphics Processing Chips. The ITC has terminated patent infringement investigation 337-TA-941 of graphics processing chips, systems on a chip and products containing the same based on a settlement agreement between the respondents and complainants Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC. Earlier in this investigation the presiding administrative law judge had found a violation of three patents and recommended the issuance of a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.

Potassium Chloride Powder Products. The ITC received June 15 on behalf of Lehigh Valley Technologies Inc., Endo Global Ventures, Endo Ventures Limited and Generics Bidco I LLC a petition requesting that it institute a Section 337 investigation regarding potassium chloride powder products. The proposed respondents are located in Canada and the U.S.

Section 337 investigations primarily involve claims regarding intellectual property rights violations by imported goods, including the infringement of patents, trademarks and copyrights. Other forms of unfair competition involving imported products, such as misappropriation of trade secrets or trade dress and false advertising, may also be asserted. The primary remedy available in Section 337 investigations is an exclusion order that directs U.S. Customs and Border Protection to stop infringing imports from entering the U.S. In addition, the ITC may issue cease and desist orders against named importers and other persons engaged in unfair acts that violate Section 337, including selling infringing imported articles out of U.S. inventory.

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