Initial Determinations

ALJ McNamara Finds Section 337 Violation In Certain Composite Aerogel Insulation Materials (337-TA-1003)

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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ALJ Pender Finds Violation of Section 337 In Certain Access Control Systems (337-TA-1016)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
24
On October 23, 2017, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued a notice of the Initial Determination (“ID”) in Certain Access Control Systems and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1016).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a July 5, 2016 complaint filed by The Chamberlain Group, Inc. of Elmhurst, Illinois 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 access control systems and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,161,319; 7,196,611; and 7,339,336. See our July 5, 2016 and August 12, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Lord Finds No Violation Of Section 337 In Certain Audio Processing Hardware and Software (337-TA-1026)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
30
On October 26, 2017, ALJ Dee Lord issued a notice of the Initial Determination (“ID”) in Certain Audio Processing Hardware and Software, and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1026).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 19, 2016 complaint filed by Andrea Electronics Corporation alleging violation by Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. 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 audio processing hardware, software, and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,049,607; 6,363,345; and 6,377,607. See our September 21, 2016 and October 21, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Lord Issues Public Version of ID In Certain Audio Processing Hardware And Software (337-TA-1026)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Dec
08
Further to our October 30, 2017 post, on December 8, 2017, ALJ Dee Lord issued the public version of the Initial Determination (“ID”) (see part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4) finding no violation of Section 337 in Certain Audio Processing Hardware and Software, and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1026).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 19, 2016 complaint filed by Andrea Electronics Corporation (“Andrea”) alleging violation by Apple Inc. (“Apple”), Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (collectively, “Samsung”) 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 audio processing hardware, software, and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,049,607 (“the ’607 patent”); 6,363,345 (“the ’345 patent”); and 6,377,637 (“the ’637 patent”). See our September 21, 2016 and October 21, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively. Samsung was terminated from the investigation on the basis of settlement agreement. See our August 22, 2017 post for additional details. Only the ’345 patent remained at issue after the investigation was terminated as to the ’607 and ’637 patents based on Andrea’s withdrawal of its allegations.
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ALJ Cheney Finds No Section 337 Violation In Certain Convertible Sofas (337-TA-1122)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jul
16
On July 12, 2019, ALJ Clark S. Cheney issued a notice of Initial Determination on Violation in Certain Convertible Sofas and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1122).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a June 4, 2018 complaint filed by Sauder Manufacturing Co. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain convertible sofas and components thereof by Krug, Inc. that infringe U.S. Design Patent No. 716,576.
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ALJ Lord Finds Section 337 Violation In Certain Microfluidic Systems (337-TA-1100)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jul
17
On July 12, 2019, ALJ Dee Lord issued a notice of Initial Determination on Violation in Certain Microfluidic Systems, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1100).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a January 11, 2018 complaint filed by 10X Genomics, Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 by Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. of Hercules, California for unlawfully importing into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain microfluidic systems, components thereof, and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 9,644,204 (the ’204 patent), 9,689,024 (the ’024 patent), 9,695,468 (the ’468 patent), and 9,856,530 (the ’530 patent).
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