Background

The International Trade Commission has recently announced the following actions in intellectual property rights infringement investigations.

For more information on pursuing or mitigating IPR-related import restrictions, please contact customs and trade attorney Lee Sandler at (305) 894-1000.

Electronic devices – new IPR infringement complaint filed on electronic devices, including streaming players, televisions, set top boxes, remote controllers, and components thereof, and April 30 deadline for comments on remedy, the public interest, and bonding

Lithium ion batteries – in investigation 337-TA-1159 of lithium ion batteries, battery cells, battery modules, battery packs, components thereof, and processes therefor, May 1 deadline for comments on (1) whether the ITC should issue a limited exclusion order and how CBP should administer it, (2) whether the ITC should issue a cease and desist order, and (3) the amount of the bond under which infringing articles could continue to enter the U.S. during the 60-day period the president has to review any ITC-ordered remedy

Nicotine delivery systems – in patent infringement investigation 337-TA-1139 of electronic nicotine delivery systems and components thereof, issuance of (1) limited exclusion orders directed to two respondents prohibiting the unlicensed importation of nicotine vaporizer devices and the associated pods sold for use with the devices, and components thereof, that infringe one or more of specified patent claims asserted by Juul Labs Inc. and (2) cease and desist orders prohibiting two respondents from further importing, selling, and distributing infringing products in the U.S.

Tobacco heating devices – new IPR infringement complaint filed on tobacco heating articles and components thereof and April 23 deadline for comments on whether the issuance of limited exclusion orders and cease and desist 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

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