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IPR Enforcement: Graphics Processors, Tape Cartridges, Robotic Vacuums

Friday, February 02, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Graphics Processors. The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-1099 to determine whether imports of graphics processors and products containing the same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue include discrete GPUs, virtual GPUs, processors, graphics cards, motherboards, artificial intelligence modules/platforms, virtual desktops, virtual workstations, desktops, notebooks, laptops, all-in-ones, computer tablets, mobile workstations, PC gaming systems, gaming consoles, streaming media players, and data centers.

Complainant ZiiLabs Inc. Ltd. 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 Taiwan, Japan, Macau, and the U.S.

Magnetic Tape Cartridges. In patent infringement investigation 337-TA-1036 of magnetic tape cartridges and components thereof, the ITC’s presiding administrative law judge has recommended the issuance of a limited exclusion order and cease and desist order against the respondents. The ITC is soliciting comments by March 1 on whether the issuance of these 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 recommended 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 recommended orders within a commercially reasonable time; and

- explain how the recommended orders would impact U.S. consumers.

Robotic Vacuums. The ITC has terminated patent infringement investigation 337-TA-1057 of robotic vacuum cleaning deices and components thereof, such as spare parts, with respect to all accused products from two respondents at the request of complainant iRobot Corporation.

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