On May 26, 2017, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice regarding Initial Determination on Violation of Section 337 and Recommended Determination on Remedy and Bond in Certain Motorized Self-Balancing Vehicles (Inv. No. 337-TA-1000).
By way of background, this investigation is based on a complaint filed by Razor USA, LLC, Inventist, Inc., and Shane Chen (collectively, “Razor”) alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain motorized self-balancing vehicles that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,738,278, and, further, that certain of the named respondents have engaged in unfair methods of competition through false advertising and/or false or misleading representations of fact in connection with the sale and importation of such motorized self-balancing vehicles. See our March 23, 2016 and June 1, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
According to the May 26, 2017 notice, ALJ Bullock determined:
It is held that a violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, has been found in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of certain motorized self-balancing vehicles with respect to U.S. Patent No. 8,738,278.