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IPR Import Restrictions Considered on Laptops, Tablets, Camcorders, TVs, DVD Players

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has determined to review in part a final initial determination in investigation 337-TA-884 finding that the importation, sale for importation and sale within the U.S. after importation of certain consumer electronics with display and processing capabilities are violating certain patents owned by Graphics Properties Holdings Inc. The products at issue in this investigation are computer laptops, netbooks, tablet computers, personal computers, television sets, HD camcorders, and Blu-ray and DVD players.

The final ID includes a recommendation that the ITC (a) issue a limited exclusion order barring entry of one of the respondent’s infringing goods and a cease and desist order against that respondent, and (b) allow infringing goods to enter the U.S. at a zero percent bond during the 60-day period the president has to review any ITC-ordered remedy The ITC is inviting comments through Nov. 21 on (a) the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered; (b) the effects of any such remedy on the public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, U.S. production of articles that are like or directly competitive with those that are subject to investigation, and U.S. consumers; and (c) the amount of the bond during which infringing articles could enter the U.S. during the presidential review period.

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