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IPR Enforcement: Collapsible Sockets, Steel Products, Marine Sonar Devices

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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Collapsible Sockets. In patent infringement investigation 337-TA-1056 of collapsible sockets for mobile electronic devices and components thereof, the International Trade Commission’s presiding administrative law judge has granted summary determination that the defaulting respondents have violated section 337. The ITC is now requesting comments by April 2 on the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered; the effect of any such remedy on the public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, U.S. production of articles that are like or directly competitive with those that are subject to investigation, and U.S. consumers; and the amount of the bond under which infringing articles could continue to enter the U.S. during the 60-day period the president has to review any ITC-ordered remedy.

Carbon and Alloy Steel Products. The ITC has determined to terminate investigation 337-TA-1002 of carbon and alloy steel products from China with respect to a claim by complainant United States Steel Corporation alleging a conspiracy to fix prices and control output and export volumes in violation of U.S. antitrust laws. Previously the ITC has terminated this investigation with respect to US Steel’s allegations of misappropriation and use of trade secrets and found no violation with respect to the remaining participating respondents based on allegations of false designation of origin or manufacturer.

In connection with the final disposition of this investigation, the ITC may issue exclusion orders and/or cease and desist orders against the defaulting respondents. The ITC is therefore requesting comments by March 30 on the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered against those respondents; the effect of any such remedy on the public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, U.S. production of articles that are like or directly competitive with those that are subject to investigation, and U.S. consumers; and the amount of the bond under which infringing articles could continue to enter the U.S. during the 60-day period the president has to review any ITC-ordered remedy.

Marine Sonar Devices. The ITC has rescinded the remedial orders it issued in patent infringement investigation 337-TA-921 of marine sonar imaging devices, including downscan and sidescan devices, products containing the same, and components thereof, based on a settlement agreement between the respondents and complainants Navico Inc. and Navico Holding AS. This action also terminates the ITC’s enforcement proceeding examining whether the respondents had violated these remedial orders.

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