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ITC Still Considering IPR Import Restrictions on Electric Skin Care Devices

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has extended by 21 days, to Nov. 15, the target date for completing patent and trade dress infringement investigation 337-TA-959 of electric skin care devices, brushes and chargers therefor, and kits containing the same. This investigation was launched in June 2015 and the ITC has been considering potential import restrictions since June.

The products at issue in this investigation are electric devices with rapidly moving brush heads for cleansing the skin. Complainant Pacific Bioscience Laboratories Inc. has requested that the ITC issue a general 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, Korea, the United Kingdom, Canada, Israel and the U.S.

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