By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
09
On October 5, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Thermoplastic-Encapsulated Electric Motors, Components Thereof, and Products and Vehicles Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1073). Please note that Oblon represents the Aisin Seiki Respondents in this matter.

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 5, 2017 complaint filed by Intellectual Ventures II LLC of Bellevue, Washington (“IV”) 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 thermoplastic-encapsulated electric motors, components thereof, and products and vehicles containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,154,200; 7,067,944; 7,067,953; 7,683,509; and 7,928,348. See our September 8, 2017 post for more details on the complaint and our August 16, 2017 post regarding the termination of an earlier investigation (337-TA-1052) involving the same parties based on IV’s lack of constitutional standing.
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By Eric Schweibenz and Alex Englehart
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Oct
06
On September 28, 2017, Tessera Advanced Technologies, Inc. of San Jose, California (“Tessera”) filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337.

The complaint alleges that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of South Korea, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, and Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. of San Jose, California (collectively, “Samsung”) unlawfully import into the U.S., sell for importation, and/or sell within the U.S. after importation certain wafer-level packaging semiconductor devices and products containing same (including cellular telephones, tablets, laptops, and notebooks) and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,784,557 (the ’557 patent) and 6,954,001 (the ’001 patent) (collectively, the “asserted patents”).
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By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
05
On September 27, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Wi-Fi Enabled Electronic Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1072).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an August 29, 2017 complaint filed by Sharp Corp. of Japan and Sharp Electronics Corp. of Montvale, New Jersey 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 of certain Wi-Fi enabled devices and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,325,838 and 8,279,809. See our September 1, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
04
On September 29, 2017, ALJ MaryJoan McNamara issued a notice of the Initial Determination (“ID”) in Certain Composite Aerogel Insulation Materials and Methods for Manufacturing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1003).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a May 5, 2016 complaint filed by Aspen Aerogels, Inc. (“Aspen”) alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawfully importing into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain composite aerogel insulation materials that infringe—or are made, produced, or processed by a process that infringes—one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,078,359; 7,399,439; 6,989,123; 7,780,890; and 9,181,486. See our May 5, 2016 and June 8, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
03
On October 2, 2017, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 4 in Certain Pool And Spa Enclosures (Inv. No. 337-TA-1069).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a May 10, 2017 complaint filed by Aqua Shield, 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 of certain pool and spa enclosures that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,637,160. See our May 12, 2017 and September 13, 2017 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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