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IPR Enforcement Actions on Touchscreen Controllers, Snowmobiles

Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Touchscreen Controllers. The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-957 to determine whether imports of certain touchscreen controllers and products containing the same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are typically incorporated into smartphones and other similar devices.

Complainant Synaptics Incorporated 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 China and the U.S.

Snowmobiles. The ITC has terminated without the imposition of import restrictions patent infringement investigation 337-TA-940 of certain snowmobiles with engines having exhaust temperature-controlled engine technology and components thereof. The products at issue are snowmobiles that allegedly use technology to improve engine performance by adjusting fuel injection and ignition timing based on exhaust temperature.

Complainant Arctic Cat Inc. withdrew its complaint, which had requested a limited exclusion order directing CBP to prohibit the entry of subject products from the named respondents into the U.S. and cease and desist orders requiring 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 Canada and the U.S.

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