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IPR Enforcement: Electrical Connectors, Mirrors, Memory Devices, Semiconductor Devices, ATMs

Monday, March 13, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Electrical Connectors. The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-1043 to determine whether imports of certain electrical connectors, components thereof, and products containing the same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue include body control modules, body control module connectors, and products containing the same.

Complainant J.S.T. Corporation requests that after this investigation the ITC issue a limited exclusion order, which would direct CBP 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 the U.S., Brazil, China, Germany, Mexico, and Taiwan.

Mirrors. The ITC is requesting comments no later than March 21 on any public interest issues raised by a complaint filed on behalf of Electric Mirror LLC and Kelvin 42 LLC alleging that the importation, sale for importation, and sale within the U.S. after importation of certain mirrors with internal illumination and components thereof are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act. Comments should address whether the issuance of the limited exclusion order and/or cease and desist orders requested by the complainants would affect the public health and welfare in the U.S., competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the U.S., or U.S. consumers. In particular, the ITC is interested in comments that:

- explain how the articles potentially subject to the orders are used in the U.S.;

- identify any public health, safety, or welfare concerns in the U.S. relating to the potential orders;

- identify like or directly competitive articles that the complainants, their licensees, or third parties make in the U.S. that could replace the subject articles if they were to be excluded;

- indicate whether the complainants, their licensees, and/or third-party suppliers have the capacity to replace the volume of articles potentially subject to the requested orders within a commercially reasonable time; and

- explain how the requested orders would impact U.S. consumers.

Memory Devices. The ITC is requesting comments no later than March 21 on any public interest issues raised by a complaint filed on behalf of Macronix International Co. Ltd. and Macronix America Inc. alleging that the importation, sale for importation, and sale within the U.S. after importation of certain non-volatile memory devices and products containing the same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act. Comments should address whether the issuance of the limited exclusion order and/or cease and desist orders requested by the complainants would affect the public health and welfare in the U.S., competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the U.S., or U.S. consumers.

Semiconductor Devices. The ITC is requesting comments no later than March 21 on any public interest issues raised by a complaint filed on behalf of Broadcom Corporation alleging that the importation, sale for importation, and sale within the U.S. after importation of certain semiconductor devices and consumer audiovisual products containing the same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act. Comments should address whether the issuance of the limited exclusion order and/or cease and desist orders requested by the complainant would affect the public health and welfare in the U.S., competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the U.S., or U.S. consumers.

ATMs. In patent infringement investigation 337-TA-989 of certain automated teller machines, ATM modules, components thereof, and products containing the same, the ITC has determined not to review an initial determination amending the complaint and notice of investigation to reflect a corporate name change.

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