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IPR Enforcement Actions on Crawler Cranes, Integrated Circuit Chips

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Import Restrictions on Crawler Cranes Considered. The International Trade Commission is requesting comments no later than Aug. 19 on any public interest issues raised by a recommendation to issue a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order against certain crawler cranes and components thereof. Comments should address whether the issuance of these orders 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 complainant, its licensees or third parties make in the U.S. that could replace the subject articles if they were to be excluded;

- indicate whether the complainant, its 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.

No IPR Import Restrictions on Integrated Circuit Chips. The International Trade Commission has terminated without the imposition of import restrictions patent infringement investigation 337-TA-859 of certain integrated circuit chips and products containing the same. The ITC concluded that while all of the accused products infringe the patent asserted by Taiwan-based Realtek Semiconductor Corporation, a domestic industry does not exist.

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