By Eric Schweibenz
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Mar
03
On February 26, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission voted to institute an investigation of Certain Non-Shellfish Derived Glucosamine And Products Containing Same.

The investigation is based on a January 28, 2009 complaint filed by Cargill, Incorporated of Wayzata, Minnesota.  The complaint alleges violations of section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain non-shellfish derived glucosamine and products containing same.  According to the complaint, the products at issue in this investigation are “vegan” glucosamine compositions typically used as nutritional supplements.


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By Barry Herman
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Mar
02
On February 26, 2009, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued his initial determination in the matter of Certain Refrigerators and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-632).  The initial determination was issued as a confidential document and a public version is not yet available.

However, according to published reports, LG Electronics announced on Friday that the initial determination (ID) was in its favor and ALJ Essex ruled that LG refrigerators are not covered by Whirlpool’s patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,082,130) for ice storage bins located in refrigerator doors.


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By Eric Schweibenz
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Feb
27
On February 25, 2009, Microsoft Corporation of Redmond, Washington filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to section 337.

The complaint alleges that TomTom N.V. of the Netherlands and TomTom, Inc. of Concord, Massachusetts (collectively, “TomTom”) unlawfully import into the U.S., sell for importation, and/or sell within the U.S. after importation certain portable navigation computing devices and associated computer software that infringe certain claims of the following U.S. Patents: (1) U.S. Patent No. 6,175,789; (2) U.S. Patent No. 7,054,745; (3) U.S. Patent No. 5,579,517; (4) U.S. Patent No. 5,758,352; and (5) U.S. Patent No. 6,256,642.


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By Eric Schweibenz
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Feb
24
On February 23, 2009, Saxon Innovations, LLC of Tyler, Texas filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to section 337.

The complaint alleges that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd of Korea, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLP of Richardson, Texas (collectively, “Samsung”) imports into the U.S. (in addition to sale for importation into the U.S. and/or sale within the U.S. after importation) certain electronic devices including handheld, wireless communications devices that infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,235,635; 5,530,597, and 5,608,873.


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By Barry Herman
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Feb
24
On February 20, 2009, LG Electronics, Inc. of Korea filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to section 337 against Eastman Kodak Company.

This is the latest installment between Kodak and its Korean competitors concerning patent rights.  Kodak filed a 337 complaint against LG (and Samsung) on November 17, 2008 which resulted in the ITC instituting an investigation (337-TA-663 – Certain Mobile Telephones and Wireless Communication Devices Featuring Digital Cameras), which is currently pending at the ITC.  Just last week, on February 17, 2009, Samsung filed a 337 complaint against Kodak (Certain Digital Cameras).  Now, LG has filed its own 337 complaint against Kodak.


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