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New IPR Infringement Investigations of Navigation Aids, Handheld Magnifiers

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has instituted the following investigations to determine whether imports of the products indicated are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement.

- investigation 337-TA-900 of certain navigation products, including GPS devices, navigation and display systems, radar systems, navigational aids, mapping systems and related software (complainants Furuno Electric Co. Ltd. and Furuno U.S.A. Inc.; respondents located in Switzerland, Norway, United Kingdom and the U.S.)

- investigation 337-TA-901 of handheld magnifiers used by low vision users and others to enlarge materials for easier viewing or reading (complainant Freedom Scientific Inc.; respondents located in China and the U.S.)

In each case the complainant 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 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.

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