By Eric Schweibenz
On June 6, 2011, Honeywell International Inc. of Morristown, New Jersey (“Honeywell”) filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337.

The complaint alleges that Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. of Japan and Furuno U.S.A., Inc. of Camas, Washington (collectively, “Furuno”) unlawfully import into the U.S., sell for importation, and/or sell within the U.S. after importation certain GPS navigation products, components thereof, and related software that infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 7,209,070 (the ‘070 patent), 6,865,452 (the ‘452 patent), 5,461,388 (the ‘388 patent), and 6,088,653 (the ‘653 patent) (collectively, the “asserted patents”).

According to the complaint, the asserted patents generally relate to “various aspects of GPS navigation products and related software.”  In particular, the ‘070 and ‘452 patents “relate to the way in which information, such as navigation information, information regarding obstacles and potential collisions, and information regarding weather and/or other hazards, is displayed and/or communicated to the operator of a vehicle.”  The ‘388 and ‘653 patents “relate to the ways in which navigation[ ] systems receive, process, and produce relevant information.”

In the complaint, Honeywell alleges that Furuno manufactures, imports, and sells products that infringe the asserted patents.  The complaint specifically refers to various Furuno GPS navigation products and related software as infringing products, including Furuno’s NavNet vx2 chart plotter, Furuno’s NavNet 3D product, Furuno’s MaxSea software, Furuno’s Time Zero technology, and certan Furuno Satellite Compass models.

Regarding domestic industry, Honeywell asserts that its GPS navigation products and related software are covered by claims of the asserted patents.  As to the economic prong, Honeywell alleges that it invests significantly in plant and equipment and in the employment of labor and capital and makes substantial investments in engineering and research and development in connection with products that practice the asserted patents.  Honeywell also alleges that it has made substantial investment in seeking and securing a license to the ‘653 and ‘452 patents.

With respect to potential remedy, Honeywell requests that the Commission issue a permanent exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders directed at Furuno.

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