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IPR Enforcement: Dental Ceramics, Access Control Systems, IOT Devices

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Dental Ceramics. The International Trade Commission has terminated patent infringement investigation 337-TA-1050 of dental ceramics, products thereof, and methods of making the same with respect to one patent asserted by complainants Ivoclar Vivadent AG, Ivoclar Vivadent Inc., and Ardent Inc.

Access Control Systems. In investigation 337-TA-1016 the ITC has determined that the importation, sale for importation, and sale within the U.S. after importation of access control systems and components thereof are violating patents asserted by The Chamberlain Group Inc. and that the remaining respondents induce infringement.

The ITC has therefore issued (a) an order excluding infringing goods manufactured or imported by or on behalf of the respondents or any of their affiliated companies, parents, subsidiaries, agents, or other related business entities, or their successors or assigns, from entry for consumption into the U.S., entry for consumption from a foreign-trade zone, or withdrawal from a warehouse for consumption for the remaining term of the patent except under license of the patent owner or as provided by law; and (b) cease and desist orders prohibiting four respondents from importing, selling, marketing, advertising, distributing, transferring (except for exportation), and soliciting U.S. agents or distributors for infringing goods.

Infringing goods may continue to enter the U.S. under a zero bond during the 60-day period the president has to review this ITC-ordered remedy.

IOT Devices. The ITC has terminated investigation 337-TA-1094 of Internet of things devices and components thereof without the imposition of import restrictions due to the expiration of the patent asserted by Lakshmi Arunachalam and WebXchange Inc.

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