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IPR Enforcement: Desks, Mirrors, Graphics Processors, Semiconductor Device, Vacuums

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Height-Adjustable Desks. The International Trade Commission has terminated four respondents from patent infringement investigation 337-TA-1054 of height-adjustable desk platforms and components thereof based on a settlement with complainant Varidesk LLC.

Mirrors. The ITC has terminated patent infringement investigation 337-TA-1055 of mirrors with internal illumination and components thereof with respect to one complainant (Kelvin 42 LLC), one respondent, and one patent.

Graphics Processors. The ITC has terminated patent infringement investigation 337-TA-1037 of graphics processors, DDR memory controllers, and products containing the same with respect to one respondent at the request of complainant ZiiLabs Inc.

Semiconductor Devices. In patent infringement investigation 337-TA-1010 of semiconductor devices, semiconductor device packages, and products containing same, the ITC’s presiding administrative law judge has recommended the issuance of a limited exclusion order against infringing goods imported by two respondents as well as specific companies that import products containing such goods. The ITC also recommended that cease and desist orders be directed to these respondents.

The ITC is inviting public comments through Aug. 7 on whether the issuance of the recommended 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.

Robotic Vacuums. The ITC has set Oct. 25, 2018, as the target date for completing patent infringement investigation 337-TA-1057 of robotic vacuum cleaning devices and components thereof, such as spare parts.

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