July 27, 2020
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) voted to institute an investigation of certain toner cartridges, components thereof, and systems containing same based on the complaint filed by Brother on 19 August 2019.
The investigation is based on the complaint filed by Brother Industries, Ltd., of Aichi-ken, Japan; Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) of Bridgewater, NJ; and Brother Industries (U.S.A.), Inc., of Bartlett, TN, on 19 August 2019.
The complaint alleged violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain toner cartridges, components thereof, and systems containing same that infringe patents asserted by the complainants.
On 23 July The USITC has filed a “notice of initial determination granting summary determination of violation of section 337 and of recommended determination on remedy and bond” in which Administrative Law Judge Clark S. Cheney “recommended that the Commission issue a general exclusion order and various cease-and-desist orders as a remedy for this violation.”
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