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New IPR Infringement Investigation of Windshield Wipers

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has instituted investigation 337-TA-937 to determine whether imports of certain windshield wipers and components thereof are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are automotive windshield wipers that allegedly use the patented technology for detachably coupling a wiper blade to a driven wiper arm.

Complainants Valeo North America Inc. and Delmex de Juarez S. de R.L. de C.V. 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 certain 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 Mexico and the U.S.

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