By Eric Schweibenz
On December 2, 2013, the International Trade Commission (the “Commission”) issued a notice regarding the issuance of cease and desist orders and termination of the investigation in Certain Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-739).

By way of background, the Commission issued its final determination on April 27, 2012 finding a violation of Section 337 with respect to U.S. Patent No. 7,737,809 (the ‘809 patent).  Regarding remedy, the Commission issued a general exclusion order and a cease and desist order.  See our February 27, 2013 post for more details.  On August 29, 2012, Complainant Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc. (“Leviton”) filed a complaint to institute enforcement proceedings.  Following settlement by several respondents, Respondents American Electric Depot Inc. (“AED”); Shanghai ELE Manufacturing Corp. (“Shanghai ELE”); and Shanghai Jia AO Electrical Co., Ltd. (“Shanghai Jia AO”) (collectively, the “Defaulting Respondents”) remained in the proceeding.  On May 22, 2013, ALJ Bullock issued a recommended determination on remedy, which recommended that the Commission issue a cease and desist order prohibiting AED from selling or distributing infringing articles in the U.S.  See our July 9, 2013 post for more details.

According to the Commission’s notice, the Commission determined that the appropriate form of relief consists of cease and desist orders direct to the Defaulting Respondents.  Specifically, the Commission’s Order prohibits the Defaulting Respondents from “conducting any of the following activities in the United States: importing, selling, marketing, advertising, distributing, offering for sale, transferring (except for exportation), and soliciting U.S. agents or distributors for ground fault circuit interrupters and products containing the same that infringe one or more of claims 1-4, 6, 8-11, 13, 15-16, 35-37, 39, and 41-46 of the ’809 patent.”  Having resolved all remaining issues in the investigation, the Commission terminated the investigation.