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IPR Enforcement Actions on Beverage Brewing Capsules and Consumer Electronics

Monday, September 08, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

New Section 337 Investigation on Beverage Brewing Capsules.The International Trade Commission has initiated a Section 337 investigation of certain beverage brewing capsules, components thereof and products containing the same from China and Hong Kong. The products at issue in this investigation are individual capsules used in consumer machines for brewing or making beverages such as coffee and tea. The complainants allege that the respondents have infringed a U.S. patent and are requesting the ITC to issue limited exclusion and cease and desist orders on subject merchandise.

Public Interest Comments Sought in Section 337 Investigation of Certain Consumer Electronics. The ITC is seeking input by Sept. 30 on any public interest issues raised by the recommended relief in the Section 337 proceeding involving certain consumer electronics with display and processing capabilities from China, Japan and Taiwan. Specifically, the administrative law judge in charge of this proceeding recently issued a final initial determination recommending the issuance of limited exclusion and cease and desist orders against certain respondents. Comments should address whether the recommended remedy would affect the public health and welfare in the United States, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the United States, or U.S. consumers.

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