By Eric Schweibenz
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Aug
06
On August 5, 2009, ALJ Robert K. Rogers, Jr. issued the public version of Order No. 21C (dated July 14, 2009) in Certain Electronic Devices, Including Handheld Wireless Communications Devices (Inv. No. 337-TA-667/337-TA-673).  In the Order, ALJ Rogers denied Respondent Palm, Inc.’s (“Palm”) motion for protective order to preclude Complainant Saxon Innovations, LLC (“Saxon”) from accusing the Palm Pre phone of infringement in this investigation.

By way of background, the procedural schedule in this investigation required the parties to serve responses to contention interrogatories on June 10, 2009.  Saxon served contention interrogatory responses on June 10, including a response to Palm’s interrogatory seeking identification of the accused Palm products.  On June 18, 2009, Saxon served a supplemental interrogatory response alleging for the first time that Palm’s Pre phone infringed U.S. Patent No. 5,530,597.


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By Eric Schweibenz
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Aug
04
On August 4, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Collaborative System Products and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-682).

The investigation is based on a July 2, 2009 complaint filed by eInstruction Corporation of Denton, Texas.  As we explained in our July 7 post, the complaint alleges violations of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain products using collaborative system technology and components thereof that infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,390,673.


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By Eric Schweibenz
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Aug
04
On August 3, 2009, the Commission issued a Notice determining to reverse the conclusion reached in the April 1, 2009 Remand Initial Determination that the only remaining asserted claim is not obvious in Certain R-134a Coolant (Otherwise Known as 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluorothane) (Inv. No. 337-TA-623).

As we explained in our April 6 post, this investigation was instituted in December 2007 based on a complaint filed by INEOS Fluor Holdings Ltd., INEOS Fluor Ltd. and INEOS Fluor Americas LLC (“INEOS”).  INEOS’ complaint alleged violations of Section 337 by respondents Sinochem Modern Environmental Protection Chemicals (Xi’an) Co. Ltd., Sinochem Ningbo Ltd., Sinochem Environmental Protection Chemicals (Taicang) Co., Ltd., and Sinochem (U.S.A.) Inc. (collectively, “Sinochem”) in the importation into the U.S., the sale for importation, and the sale within the U.S. after importation of certain R-134a coolant (otherwise known as 1,1,1,2-tetrafluorothane) by reason of infringement of certain patents, including U.S. Patent No. 5,559,276 (the “‘276 patent”).


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