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Electric Motors Used in Auto Parts Subject of New IPR Enforcement Probe

Friday, October 06, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-1073 to determine whether imports of thermoplastic-encapsulated electric motors, components thereof, and products and vehicles containing same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are automotive coolant pumps, water pumps, power steering motors, actuators, drive motors, transaxle assemblies, and other thermoplastic-encapsulated electric motors, as well as automobiles that contain such components. 

Complainant Intellectual Ventures II LLC 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 Japan, Germany, and the U.S.

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