Notices of Investigation

ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-989) Regarding Certain Automated Teller Machines

By Eric Schweibenz
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Mar
10
On March 9, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Automated Teller Machines, ATM Modules, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-989).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a February 9, 2016 complaint filed by Nautilus Hyosung Inc. of South Korea and Nautilus Hyosung America Inc. of Irving, Texas alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain automated teller machines, ATM modules, components thereof, and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,891,551; 7,950,655; 8,152,165; and 8,523,235.  See our February 9, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-990) Regarding Certain Mobile Electronic Devices Incorporating Haptics (Including Smartphones And Smartwatches)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Mar
25
On March 15, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Mobile Electronic Devices Incorporating Haptics (Including Smartphones And Smartwatches) and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-990).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a February 11, 2016 complaint filed by Immersion Corp. of San Jose, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain mobile electronic devices incorporating haptics (including smartphones and smartwatches) and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,773,356; 8,619,051; and 8,659,571.  See our February 11, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-991) Regarding Certain Nanopores

By Eric Schweibenz
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Mar
28
On March 25, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Nanopores and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-991).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a February 23, 2016 complaint filed by Illumina, Inc. of San Diego, California, the University of Washington of Seattle, Washington, and UAB Research Foundation of Birmingham, Alabama alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain nanopores and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,673,550 and 9,170,230.  See our February 23, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-992) Regarding Certain Height-Adjustable Desk Platforms

By Eric Schweibenz
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Apr
21
On April 20, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Height-Adjustable Desk Platforms and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-992).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a March 18, 2016 complaint filed by Varidesk LLC of Coppell, Texas alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain height-adjustable desk platforms and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 9,113,703 and 9,277,809.  See our March 18, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-993) Regarding Certain Overflow And Drain Assemblies For Bathtubs

By Eric Schweibenz
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May
03
On May 3, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Overflow And Drain Assemblies For Bathtubs and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-992).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 4, 2016 complaint filed by WCM Industries, Inc. of Colorado Springs, Colorado alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain overflow and drain assemblies for bathtubs and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,302,220; 8,321,970; 8,584,272; and 9,200,436.  See our April 4, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-994) Regarding Certain Portable Electronic Devices And Orders Early Decision On 35 U.S.C. § 101 Within 100 Days Of Institution

By Eric Schweibenz
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May
11
On May 5, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Portable Electronic Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-994).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a March 24, 2016 complaint filed by Creative Technology Ltd. of Singapore and Creative Labs, Inc. of Milpitas, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain portable electronic devices and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,928,433.  See our March 24, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-995) Regarding Certain Electrical Conductor Composite Cores

By Eric Schweibenz
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May
12
On May 11, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Electrical Conductor Composite Cores and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-995).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 8, 2016 complaint filed by CTC Global Corp. of Irvine, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain electrical conductor composite cores and components thereof used in electrical transmission lines that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,211,319 and 7,368,162.  See our April 8, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-996) Regarding Certain Quartz Slabs

By Eric Schweibenz
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May
13
On May 11, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Quartz Slabs and Portions Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-996).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 14, 2016 complaint filed by Cambria Company LLC of Belle Plaine, Minnesota alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain quartz slabs and portions thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. D712,670; D713,154; D737,058; D737,576; D737,577; and D738,630.  See our April 14, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-997) Regarding Certain Sleep-Disordered Breathing Treatment Systems

By Eric Schweibenz
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May
16
On May 13, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Sleep-Disordered Breathing Treatment Systems and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-997).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 14, 2016 complaint filed by ResMed Corp. of San Diego, California, ResMed Inc. of San Diego, California, and ResMed Ltd. of Australia alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain sleep-disordered breathing treatment systems and components thereof that infringe—or are made, produced, or processed by a process that infringes—one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. RE44,453; 8,020,551; 8,006,691; and 9,072,860.  See our April 15, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-998) Regarding Certain Hybrid Electric Vehicles

By Eric Schweibenz
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May
20
On May 18, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-998).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 15, 2016 complaint filed by Paice LLC and the Abell Foundation, Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain hybrid electrical vehicles and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,104,347; 7,237,634; and 8,214,097.  See our April 18, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-999) Regarding Certain Air Mattress Bed Systems

By Eric Schweibenz
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May
23
On May 19, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Air Mattress Bed Systems and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-999).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 20, 2016 complaint filed by Select Comfort Corporation of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Select Comfort SC Corporation of Greenville, South Carolina alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain air mattress bed systems and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,804,848 and 7,389,554.  See our April 20, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1000) Regarding Certain Motorized Self-Balancing Vehicles

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jun
01
On May 20, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Motorized Self-Balancing Vehicles (Inv. No. 337-TA-1000).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a March 22, 2016 complaint filed by Razor USA, LLC of Cerritos, California, Inventist, Inc. of Camas, Washington, and Shane Chen of Camas, Washington alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain motorized self-balancing vehicles that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,738,278, and, further, that certain named Respondents have engaged in unfair methods of competition through false advertising and/or false or misleading representations of fact in connection with the sale and importation of such motorized self-balancing vehicles.  See our March 23, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1001) Regarding Certain Digital Video Receivers

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jun
02
On May 23, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Digital Video Receivers and Hardware and Software Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1001).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 6, 2016 complaint filed by Rovi Corp. and Rovi Guides, Inc.—both of San Carlos, California—alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain digital video receivers and hardware and software components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,006,263; 8,578,413; 8,046,801; 8,621,512; 8,768,147; and 8,566,871. See our April 6, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1002) Regarding Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jun
07
On May 26, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products (Inv. No. 337-TA-1002).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 26, 2016 complaint filed by U.S. Steel Corp. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawfully conspiring to fix prices and control output and export volumes in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, misappropriating U.S. Steel trade secrets, and falsely designating the origin or manufacturer of steel products being imported or sold for importation into the U.S.  See our April 26, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1003) Regarding Certain Composite Aerogel Insulation Materials

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jun
08
On June 7, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of 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. of Northborough, Massachusetts 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 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1004) Regarding Certain Mobile And Portable Electronic Devices Incorporating Haptics

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jun
10
On June 7, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Mobile And Portable Electronic Devices Incorporating Haptics (Including Smartphones and Laptops) and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1004).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a May 5, 2016 complaint filed by Immersion Corporation of San Jose, California 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 mobile and portable electronic devices incorporating pressure-enabled haptic feedback technology—including smartphones and laptops—that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,749,507; 7,808,488; 7,336,260; and 8,581,710.  See our May 6, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1005) Regarding Certain L-Tryptophan

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jun
13
On June 9, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain L-Tryptophan, L-Tryptophan Products, and Their Methods of Production (Inv. No. 337-TA-1005).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a May 10, 2016 complaint filed by Ajinomoto Co., Inc. of Japan and Ajinomoto Heartland Inc. of Chicago, 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 L-tryptophan and L-tryptophan products that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,666,655 and 6,180,373.  See our May 10, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1006) Regarding Certain Passenger Vehicle Automotive Wheels

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jun
16
On June 13, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Passenger Vehicle Automotive Wheels (Inv. No. 337-TA-1006).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 11, 2016 complaint filed by Daimler AG of Germany (“Daimler”) 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 passenger vehicle automotive wheels that infringe various design patents and trademarks owned by Daimler.  See our April 11, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1007) Regarding Certain Personal Transporters

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jun
28
On June 20, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Personal Transporters, Components Thereof, and Packaging and Manuals Therefor (Inv. No. 337-TA-1007).  
 
By way of background, this investigation is based on a May 18, 2016 complaint filed by Segway Inc. of Bedford, New Hampshire, DEKA Products Limited Partnership of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Ninebot (Tianjin) Technology Co., Ltd. of China 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 personal transporters, components thereof, and packaging and manuals therefor that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,302,230; 6,651,763; 7,023,330; 7,275,607; 7,479,872; and 9,188,984 and/or infringe certain U.S. registered trademarks owned by Segway.   See our May 18, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1008) Regarding Certain Carbon Spine Board, Cervical Collar And Various Medical Training Manikin Devices

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jun
29
On June 20, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Carbon Spine Board, Cervical Collar And Various Medical Training Manikin Devices, and Trademarks, Copyrights of Product Catalogues, Product Inserts and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1008).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a March 21, 2016 complaint, a May 18, 2016 amended complaint, and a June 7, 2016 supplement to the amended complaint filed by Laerdal Medical Corp. of Wappingers Falls, New York and Laerdal Medical AS of Norway 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 carbon spine board, cervical collar, and various medical training manikin devices, and accompanying product catalogs, product inserts, literature, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,090,058 and 6,170,486 and/or certain copyrights, trade dress rights, and trademarks.  See our March 21, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.
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