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IPR Enforcement: Graphics Processors, Bulk Containers, Electric Motors, Sequencing Systems

Monday, March 27, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Graphics Processors. The International Trade Commission 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.

Bulk Containers. The ITC has terminated without the imposition of import restrictions trade dress infringement investigation 337-TA-1014 of composite intermediate bulk containers based on the withdrawal of the complaint by Schütz Container Systems Inc.

Electric Motors. The ITC is requesting comments no later than April 4 on any public interest issues raised by a complaint filed on behalf of Intellectual Ventures II LLC alleging that the importation, sale for importation, and sale within the U.S. after importation of thermoplastic-encapsulated electric motors, components thereof, and products and vehicles containing same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act. Comments should address whether the issuance of the limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders requested by the complainant 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.

Sequencing Systems. In patent infringement investigation 337-TA-1032 of single-molecule nucleic acid sequencing systems and reagents, consumables, and software for use with same, the ITC has amended the notice of investigation to add allegations by Pacific Biosciences of California Inc. that the respondents directly infringe, contributorily infringe, and/or induce the infringement of the asserted patent claims.

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