By Eric Schweibenz
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Aug
07
On August 4, 2017, ALJ Dee Lord issued Order No. 92 in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products (Inv. No. 337-TA-1002).

By way of background, this investigation was 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, November 14, 2016, and March 20, 2017 posts for more details on this investigation.
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By Eric Schweibenz and Alex Englehart
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Aug
04
On July 31, 2017, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. of Hercules, California (“Bio-Rad”) and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC of Livermore, California (collectively, “Complainants”) filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337.

The complaint alleges that 10X Genomics, Inc. of Pleasanton, California (“10X”) unlawfully imports into the U.S., sells for importation, and/or sells within the U.S. after importation certain microfluidic devices that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 9,500,664 (the ’664 patent), 9,089,844 (the ’844 patent), 9,636,682 (the ’682 patent), 9,649,635 (the ’635 patent), and 9,126,160 (the ’160 patent) (collectively, the “asserted patents”).
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By Eric Schweibenz
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Aug
03
On August 1, 2017, ALJ David P. Shaw issued Order No. 5 in Certain Bar Code Readers, Scan Engines, Products Containing the Same, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1061).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a May 23, 2017 complaint filed by Honeywell International, Inc., Hand Held Products, Inc. d/b/a Honeywell Scanning & Mobility, and Metrologic Instruments, 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 barcode readers, scan engines, products containing the same, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,832,725; 8,511,572; 7,148,923; 7,527,206; 8,646,692; and 9,323,969. See our June 7, 2017 and June 26, 2017 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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By Eric Schweibenz
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Aug
02
On August 1, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Shielded Electrical Ribbon Cables and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1064).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a June 30, 2017 complaint filed by 3M Company and 3M Innovative Properties Company—both of St. Paul, Minnesota—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 shielded electrical ribbon cables and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,933,333; 9,601,236; and 9,627,106. See our July 6, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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By Eric Schweibenz
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Aug
01
On July 31, 2017, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 3 in Certain Backpack Chairs (Inv. No. 337-TA-1062).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a complaint filed by Rio Brands, LLC 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 backpack chairs that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. RE39,022. See our June 14, 2017 and July 7, 2017 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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