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IPR Enforcement: Semiconductor Devices, Memory Devices, Bladed Arrowheads

Monday, April 10, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Semiconductor Devices. The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-1047 to determine whether imports of semiconductor devices and consumer audiovisual products containing the same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue include digital televisions, set-top boxes, Blu-ray disc players, DVD players/recorders, DTV/DVD combinations, DTV/Blu-ray combinations, multimedia streaming players, home theater systems, and other similar audiovisual devices and systems.

Complainant Broadcom Corporation 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 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 Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and the U.S.

Memory Devices. The ITC has instituted investigation 337-TA-1046 to determine whether imports of non-volatile memory devices and products containing same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are flash memory devices and products containing same such as memory cards, solid-state drives, digital camcorders, car navigation systems, and other consumer electronics.

Complainants Macronix International Co. Ltd. and Macronix America Inc. request 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 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 Japan, the Philippines, and the U.S.

Arrowheads. In investigation 337-TA-977 the ITC has determined that the importation, sale for importation, and sale within the U.S. after importation of arrowheads with deploying blades and components thereof and packaging therefor are violating patents and trademarks asserted by Feradyne Outdoors LLC and Out RAGE LLC.

As a result, the ITC has determined to issue (1) a general exclusion order prohibiting the unlicensed entry of subject arrowheads that infringe one or more specified patents and (2) a cease and desist order prohibiting the respondent from conducting any of the following activities in the U.S.: importing, selling, marketing, advertising, distributing, offering for sale, transferring (except for exportation), and soliciting U.S. agents or distributors for the infringing goods. In addition, infringing goods may continue to enter the U.S. during the 60-day period the president has to review this remedy under a bond in the amount of 100 percent of the entered value of the covered products.

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