IPR Enforcement: Hunting Arrowheads, Basketball Backboard Components
Hunting Arrowheads. The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-1033 to determine whether imports of arrowheads with arcuate blades and components thereof are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are used for hunting.
Complainant Flying Arrow Archery LLC requests that after this investigation 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 and the U.S.
Backboard Components. The ITC received Dec. 30 on behalf of Lifetime Products Inc. a petition requesting that it institute a Section 337 investigation regarding basketball backboard components and products containing same. The proposed respondents are located in China and the U.S.
Section 337 investigations primarily involve claims regarding intellectual property rights violations by imported goods, including the infringement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Other forms of unfair competition involving imported products, such as misappropriation of trade secrets or trade dress and false advertising, may also be asserted. The primary remedy available in Section 337 investigations is an exclusion order that directs U.S. Customs and Border Protection to stop infringing imports from entering the U.S. In addition, the ITC may issue cease and desist orders against named importers and other persons engaged in unfair acts that violate Section 337, including selling infringing imported articles out of U.S. inventory.