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IPR Enforcement: Electronic Devices, Liquid Crystal E-Writers

Friday, September 29, 2017
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Electronic Devices. The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-1072 to determine whether imports of Wi-Fi enabled electronic devices and components thereof are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are smart televisions.

Complainants Sharp Corporation and Sharp Electronics Corporation 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 China, Hong Kong, and the U.S.

Liquid Crystal E-Writers. In patent infringement investigation 337-TA-1035 of liquid crystal e-writers and components thereof, the ITC has issued (a) a limited exclusion order against the sole remaining respondent that prohibits the unlicensed entry of subject goods that infringe specified patent claims asserted by Kent Displays Inc., and (b) an order that this respondent cease and desist from importing, selling, marketing, advertising, distributing, transferring (except exportation), soliciting U.S. agents or distributors for, and aiding or abetting other entities in the importation, sale for importation, sale after importation, transfer (except exportation), or distribution of infringing goods. The ITC has also determined that bonding at 100 percent of the entered value of the covered products is required during the 60-day period the president has to reviewed the ITC’s remedy.

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