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USITC Notices

New IPR Probe on Fish-Handling Pliers. The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain fish-handling pliers and packaging thereof from mainland China are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent and registered trademark infringement. Specifically, the investigation covers pliers that aid in the landing, weighing and handling of fish by securely gripping the lip of a fish while the hook is removed. The complainant requests that after this investigation the USITC issue a general exclusion order (or, alternately, a limited exclusion order) as well as cease and desist orders.

Remedies in IPR Probe of Certain Medical Products. The USITC has issued a limited exclusion order against certain products of eleven respondents found in default in the Section 337 investigation of certain carbon spine boards, cervical collars, CPR masks and various medical training manikin devices made in mainland China. Additionally, the USITC has set at 100 percent of entered value the bond amount under which infringing goods may continue to enter the United States during the 60-day period the president has to review the USITC’s remedy.

IPR Remedies on Access Control Systems Modified. The USITC has modified the remedial orders issued against certain access control systems and components thereof from Hong Kong and mainland China to exempt from the orders certain redesigned wireless garage door opener products.

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