Notices of Investigation

ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1070) Regarding Certain Periodontal Laser Devices

By Eric Schweibenz
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Sep
19
On September 11, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Periodontal Laser Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1070).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an August 10, 2017 complaint filed by Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc. of Cerritos, 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 of certain periodontal laser dental devices for sale after importation based on false and misleading marketing, promotion, and distribution practices. See our August 10, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1071) Regarding Certain Wireless Audio Systems

By Eric Schweibenz
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Sep
22
On September 11, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Wireless Audio Systems and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1071).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an August 10, 2017 complaint filed by Broadcom Limited of San Jose, California and Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. Of Singapore. An amended complaint was filed on August 16, 2017 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 wireless audio systems for sale after importation based on infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,684,060 (“the ’060 patent”). See our August 18, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1072) Regarding Certain Wi-Fi Enabled Electronic Devices

By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
05
On September 27, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Wi-Fi Enabled Electronic Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1072).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an August 29, 2017 complaint filed by Sharp Corp. of Japan and Sharp Electronics Corp. of Montvale, New Jersey 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 Wi-Fi enabled devices and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,325,838 and 8,279,809. See our September 1, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1073) Regarding Certain Thermoplastic-Encapsulated Electric Motors

By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
09
On October 5, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Thermoplastic-Encapsulated Electric Motors, Components Thereof, and Products and Vehicles Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1073). Please note that Oblon represents the Aisin Seiki Respondents in this matter.

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 5, 2017 complaint filed by Intellectual Ventures II LLC of Bellevue, Washington (“IV”) 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 thermoplastic-encapsulated electric motors, components thereof, and products and vehicles containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,154,200; 7,067,944; 7,067,953; 7,683,509; and 7,928,348. See our September 8, 2017 post for more details on the complaint and our August 16, 2017 post regarding the termination of an earlier investigation (337-TA-1052) involving the same parties based on IV’s lack of constitutional standing.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1074) Regarding Certain Industrial Automation Systems

By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
12
On October 11, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Industrial Automation Systems and Components Thereof Including Control Systems, Controllers, Visualization Hardware, Motion and Motor Control Systems, Networking Equipment, Safety Devices, and Power Supplies (Inv. No. 337-TA-1074).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 6, 2017 complaint filed by Rockwell Automation, Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin 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 industrial automation systems and components thereof including control systems, controllers, visualization hardware, motion and motor control systems, networking equipment, safety devices, and power supplies that infringe various Rockwell trademarks and copyrights. See our September 14, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1075) Regarding Certain Electrochemical Glucose Monitoring Systems

By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
19
On October 19, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Electrochemical Glucose Monitoring Systems and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1075).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 18, 2017 complaint filed by Dexcom, Inc. of San Diego, 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 electrochemical glucose monitoring systems and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 9,724,045 and 9,750,460. See our September 20, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1076) Regarding Certain Magnetic Data Storage Tapes II

By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
20
On October 19, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Magnetic Data Storage Tapes and Cartridges Containing the Same II (Inv. No. 337-TA-1076).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 19, 2017 complaint filed by FujiFilm Corporation of Japan and FujiFilm Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. of Bedford, Massachusetts 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 magnetic data storage tapes and cartridges containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,630,256; 6,835,451; 7,011,899; 6,462,905; and 6,783,094. See our September 25, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1077) Regarding Certain Reusable Diapers

By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
25
On October 19, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Reusable Diapers, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1077).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 19, 2017 complaint filed by Cotton Babies, Inc. of Fenton, Missouri 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 reusable diapers, components thereof, and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,518,007 and U.S. Trademark Reg. No. 4,120,270. See our September 22, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1078) Regarding Certain Amorphous Metal

By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
26
On October 25, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Amorphous Metal and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1078).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 19, 2017 complaint filed by Metglas, Inc. of Conway, South Carolina and Hitachi Metals, Ltd. of Japan 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 amorphous metal and products containing same, including amorphous metal ribbon (“AMR”) and amorphous cores made from such AMR, that were manufactured using Complainants’ misappropriated trade secrets. See our September 21, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1079) Regarding Certain Shaving Cartridges

By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
31
On October 25, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Shaving Cartridges, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1079).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 25, 2017 complaint filed by The Gillette Company LLC of Boston, Massachusetts 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 shaving cartridges, components thereof, and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 9,193,077. See our September 27, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1080) Regarding Certain Wafer-Level Packaging Semiconductor Devices

By Eric Schweibenz
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Nov
07
On October 31, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Wafer-Level Packaging Semiconductor Devices and Products Containing Same (Including Cellular Telephones, Tablets, Laptops, and Notebooks) and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1080).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 28, 2017 complaint filed by Tessera Advanced Technologies, Inc. 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 wafer-level packaging semiconductor devices and products containing same (including cellular telephones, tablets, laptops, and notebooks) and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,784,557 and 6,954,001. See our October 6, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1081) Regarding Certain LED Lighting Devices

By Eric Schweibenz
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Nov
08
On November 3, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain LED Lighting Devices, LED Power Supplies, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1081).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 21, 2017 complaint filed by Philips Lighting North America Corp. of Somerset, New Jersey and Philips Lighting Holding B.V. of the Netherlands 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 LED lighting devices, LED power supplies, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,586,890; 7,038,399; 7,256,554; 7,262,559; and 8,070,328. See our September 29, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1082) Regarding Certain Gas Spring Nailer Products

By Eric Schweibenz
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Nov
16
On November 14, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Gas Spring Nailer Products and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1082).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 26, 2017 complaint filed by Kyocera Senco Brands Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio 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 gas spring nailer products and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,011,547; 8,267,296; 8,267,297; 8,387,718; 8,286,722; and 8,602,282. See our September 28, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1083) Regarding Certain Network Personal Computers

By Eric Schweibenz
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Nov
17
On November 14, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Network Personal Computers, Mobile Devices, Digital Media Players, and Microconsoles (Inv. No. 337-TA-1083).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an October 10, 2017 complaint filed by Aqua Connect, Inc. and Strategic Technology Partners, LLC—both of Orange, 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 network personal computers and mobile devices that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. RE46,386 and 8,924,502.  See our October 23, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1084) Certain Insulated Beverage Containers

By Eric Schweibenz
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Nov
24
On November 17, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Insulated Beverage Containers, Components, Labels, and Packaging Materials Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1084).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 28, 2017 complaint filed by YETI Coolers, LLC of Austin, Texas 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 insulated beverage containers, components, labels, and packaging materials thereof that infringe U.S. Patent Nos. D752,397; D780,533; D781,146; and D784,775 as well as various YETI trademarks and copyrights. See our October 2, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1085) Regarding Certain Glucosylated Steviol Glycosides

By Eric Schweibenz
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Nov
27
On November 20, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Glucosylated Steviol Glycosides and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1085).  
 
By way of background, this investigation is based on an October 20, 2017 complaint filed by PureCircle USA Inc. of Oak Brook, Illinois and PureCircle Sdn Bhd of Malaysia 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 glucosylated steviol glycosides and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 9,420,815.  See our October 27, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1091) Regarding Certain Color Intraoral Scanners

By Eric Schweibenz
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Dec
22
On December 14, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Color Intraoral Scanners and Related Hardware and Software (Inv. No. 337-TA-1091).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a November 14, 2017 complaint filed by Align Technology, Inc. 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 color intraoral scanners and related hardware and software that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,363,228; 8,451,456; 8,675,207; 9,101,433; 6,948,931; and 6,685,470. See our November 14, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1093) Regarding Certain Mobile Electronic Devices

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jan
03
On January 3, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Mobile Electronic Devices and Radio Frequency and Processing Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1093).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a November 30, 2017 complaint filed by Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego, 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 electronic devices and radio frequency and processing components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 9,154,356; 9,473,336; 8,063,674 ; 7,693,002; and 9,552,633. See our December 7, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1094) Regarding Certain IoT Devices and Orders Early Decision on Domestic Industry (Economic Prong) Within 100 Days of Institution

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jan
17
On January 17, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain IoT Devices, Components Thereof (IOT, the Internet of Things) – Web Applications Displayed on a Web Browser (Inv. No. 337-TA-1094).  
 
By way of background, this investigation is based on an October 3, 2017 complaint filed by Dr. Lakshmi Arunachalam of Menlo Park, 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 Internet of Things (IoT) devices and components thereof (web application displayed on a web browser) that infringe U.S. Patent No. 7,930,340.  See our October 13, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.  The amended complaint further alleges unfair methods of competition and unfair acts (criminal and civil RICO violations, breach of contract, theft of intellectual property, antitrust violations, and trade secret misappropriation), the threat or effect of which is to destroy or substantially injure an industry in the United States.
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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1095) Regarding Certain Load Supporting Systems

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jan
18
On January 17, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Load Supporting Systems, Including Composite Mat Systems and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1095).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 15, 2017 complaint filed by Newpark Mats & Integrated Services LLC of The Woodlands, Texas 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 load supporting systems, including composite mat systems, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,511,257 and 6,695,527. See our December 20, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.
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