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IPR Enforcement: Wireless Devices, Semiconductor Devices

Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Wireless Communication Devices. The International Trade Commission received March 27 on behalf of LG Electronics Inc., LG Electronics Alabama Inc., and LG Electronics MobileComm USA a petition requesting that it institute a Section 337 investigation regarding LTE wireless communication devices and components thereof. The proposed respondents are located in the U.S.

Section 337 investigations primarily involve claims regarding intellectual property rights violations by imported goods, including the infringement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Other forms of unfair competition involving imported products, such as misappropriation of trade secrets or trade dress and false advertising, may also be asserted. The primary remedy available in Section 337 investigations is an exclusion order that directs U.S. Customs and Border Protection to stop infringing imports from entering the U.S. In addition, the ITC may issue cease and desist orders against named importers and other persons engaged in unfair acts that violate Section 337, including selling infringing imported articles out of U.S. inventory.

Semiconductor Devices. In patent infringement investigation 337-TA-1010 of semiconductor devices, semiconductor device packages, and products containing same, the ITC has determined that there was no violation by two respondents.

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