On December 8, 2016, Kent Displays, Inc. of Kent, Ohio (“KDI”) filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337.

The complaint alleges that Shenzhen Howshow Technology Co., Ltd. d/b/a Shenzhen Howshare Technology Co., Ltd. d/b/a Howshare of China and Shenzhen SUNstone Technology Co., Ltd. d/b/a iQbe of China (collectively, the “Proposed Respondents”) unlawfully import into the U.S., sell for importation, and/or sell within the U.S. after importation certain liquid crystal eWriters and components thereof that infringe KDI’s U.S. Patent Nos. 7,351,506 (the ’506 patent) and 8,947,604 (the ’604 patent) (collectively, the “asserted patents”).

According to the complaint, the asserted patents generally relate to liquid crystal eWriter technology. In particular, the ’506 patent relates to a bistable polymer dispersed liquid crystal display as well as a method of preparing a polymer dispersed liquid crystal display. The ’604 patent relates to a cholesteric liquid crystal writing tablet.

In the complaint, KDI states that the Proposed Respondents import and sell products that infringe the asserted patents. The complaint specifically refers to the Howshow liquid crystal eWriter and the private-labeled “iQbe” liquid crystal eWriter as infringing products.

Regarding domestic industry, KDI states that its own eWriters—sold under the brand name Boogie Board—practice one or more claims of the asserted patents. KDI further states that it conducts relevant manufacturing, engineering, development, testing, marketing, and distribution activities in the U.S. relating to products that practice the asserted patents. KDI specifically refers to a facility in Ohio where it conducts relevant activities.

With respect to potential remedy, KDI requests that the Commission issue a limited exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders directed at the Proposed Respondents and others acting on their behalf.