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Import Restrictions Under Consideration for Robotic Vacuums

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

In intellectual property rights infringement investigation 337-TA-1057 of robotic vacuum cleaning devices and components thereof, such as spare parts, the International Trade Commission is requesting comments by Aug. 3 on the presiding administrative law judge’s recommendation that the ITC issue (a) a limited exclusion order against subject goods imported, sold for importation, and/or sold after importation by six respondents and (b) cease and desist orders against three respondents. The ITC is particularly interested in how the issuance of such 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 potential 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 requested orders within a commercially reasonable time; and

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

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