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IPR Enforcement: Electric Motors, Two-Way Radio Equipment

Monday, May 01, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Electric Motors. The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-1052 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 different types of electric motors or parts of electric motors that are encapsulated in a heat-resistant plastic body or a body with heat-resistant characteristics, including motors used in various parts of automobiles (e.g., pumps in power steering units).

Complainant Intellectual Ventures 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.

Two-Way Radio Equipment. The ITC has instituted investigation 337-TA-1053 to determine whether imports of two-way radio equipment and systems, related software, and components thereof are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are “push-to-talk” radio devices and related support devices such as repeaters, base stations, and dispatch stations.

Complainant Motorola Solutions Inc. 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 China and the U.S.

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