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IPR Enforcement Actions on Motion Sensors, Communications Devices

Thursday, April 11, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

New IPR Infringement Investigation of Motion Sensors. The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-876 to determine whether imports of certain microelectromechanical systems (MEMS devices) and products containing same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. MEMS devices are microscopic sensors embedded in portable consumer electronics devices such as smart phones and video game controllers that detect how the user is tilting, rotating or otherwise moving the device.

Complainant STMicroelectronics Inc. requests that after this investigation the ITC issue an exclusion order, which would direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prohibit the entry of the 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 the U.S.

No IPR-Related Import Restrictions on Satellite Communication Devices. The International Trade Commission has terminated without the imposition of import restrictions patent infringement investigation 337-TA-854 of certain two-way global satellite communication devices, systems and components thereof. One respondent in this investigation was previously terminated based on a settlement agreement with complainant BriarTek IP Inc., and the other has now been terminated based on a consent order stipulation.

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