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IPR Enforcement: Activity Trackers, Basketball Backboards

Friday, February 03, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Activity Trackers. The International Trade Commission has terminated patent infringement investigation 337-TA-973 of wearable activity tracking devices, systems, and components thereof without the imposition of import restrictions after Fitbit Inc. withdrew its complaint.

Basketball Backboards. The ITC has instituted investigation 337-TA-1040 to determine whether imports of basketball backboard components and products containing the same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The items at issue are typically used at residences for sport, fun, and entertainment.

Complainant Lifetime Products Inc. 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.

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