By Eric Schweibenz
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Feb
24
On February 22, 2017, ALJ Dee Lord issued Order No. 56 in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products (Inv. No. 337-TA-1002).

By way of background, this investigation was instituted based on a complaint filed by U.S. Steel alleging a violation of section 337 by numerous Chinese steel producers and distributors—as well as certain Hong Kong and U.S. affiliates—by reason of: (1) a conspiracy to fix prices and control output and export volumes, the threat or effect of which is to restrain or monopolize trade and commerce in the U.S.; (2) misappropriation and use of trade secrets, the threat or effect of which is to destroy or substantially injure an industry in the U.S.; and (3) false designation of origin of manufacturer, the threat or effect of which is to destroy or substantially injure an industry in the U.S. See our April 26, 2016, June 7, 2016, August 30, 2016, and November 14, 2016 posts for more details on this investigation.
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By Eric Schweibenz
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Feb
23
On February 22, 2017, ALJ Dee Lord issued Order No. 13 in Certain Composite Intermediate Bulk Containers (Inv. No. 337-TA-1014).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a June 15, 2016 complaint filed by Schütz Container Systems Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain intermediate bulk containers that infringe Schütz’s trade dress. See our June 22, 2016 and July 25, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint.
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By Eric Schweibenz
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Feb
22
On February 21, 2017, ALJ MaryJoan McNamara issued Order No. 5 in Certain Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones, Tablet Computers, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1039).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 22, 2016 complaint filed by Nokia Technologies Oy alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain electronic devices, including mobile phones, tablet computers, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of Nokia’s U.S. Patent Nos. 7,415,247; 9,270,301; 6,393,260; 8,036,619; 6,826,391; 6,480,700; 9,473,602; and 7,653,366. See our January 3, 2017 and January 26, 2017 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively. Chief ALJ Bullock thereafter severed part of the 337-TA-1038 investigation so as to create a second investigation which is the instant 337-TA-1039 investigation. See our February 9, 2017 post for more details.
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By Eric Schweibenz
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Feb
21
On February 14, 2017, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 5 in Certain Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones, Tablet Computers, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1038).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 22, 2016 complaint filed by Nokia Technologies Oy alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain electronic devices, including mobile phones, tablet computers, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of Nokia’s U.S. Patent Nos. 7,415,247; 9,270,301; 6,393,260; 8,036,619; 6,826,391; 6,480,700; 9,473,602; and 7,653,366. See our January 3, 2017 and January 26, 2017 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively. ALJ Bullock thereafter severed part of this investigation so as to create a second investigation which is the 337-TA-1039 investigation. See our February 9, 2017 post for more details.
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By Eric Schweibenz and Lisa Mandrusiak
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Feb
20
On February 13, 2017, the International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued the public version of its opinion finding a violation of Section 337 in Certain Electric Skin Care Devices, Brushes and Chargers Therefor, and Kits Containing The Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-959).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 30, 2015 complaint filed by Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, Inc. (“PBL”) alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain electric skin care devices, brushes and chargers therefor, and kits containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,320,691; 7,386,906; and D523,809, in addition to infringing PBL's trade dress. See our May 11, 2015 and June 19, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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