Hitachi Metals seeks Cease and Desist Order

August, 20. 2012 10:00AM JST


HITACHI METALS FILES COMPLAINT IN THE ITC FOR THE
INFRINGEMENT OF SINTERED RARE EARTH MAGNET PATENTS
TOKYO, JAPAN, AUGUST 20, 2012-HITACHI METALS, LTD. (TOKYO : 5486) ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT ON AUGUST 17, 2012, IT FILED A FORMAL COMPLAINT WITH THE UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION (ITC) AGAINST 29 MANUFACTURERS AND IMPORTERS OF SINTERED RARE EARTH MAGNETS AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING SINTERED RARE EARTH MAGNETS. HITACHI METALS SEEKS EXCLUSION ORDERS FROM THE ITC PROHIBITING THE ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES OF UNLICENSED, INFRINGING SINTERED RARE EARTH MAGNETS AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING THOSE MAGNETS AND CEASE AND DESIST ORDERS PROHIBITING CERTAIN ACTIVITY WITHIN THE UNITED STATES.


Hitachi Metals has chosen to exercise its intellectual property rights by filing a complaint with the ITC, and to seek exclusion orders and cease and desist orders for the infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,461,565; 6,491,765; 6,527,874; and 6,537,385. The proposed respondents named in the complaint include: (1) Yantai Zhenghai Magnetic Material Co., Ltd.; (2) Ningbo Jinji Strong Magnetic Material Co., Ltd.; (3) Earth-Panda Advance Magnetic Material Co., Ltd.; (4) Skullcandy, Inc.; (5) Beats Electronics, LLC; (6) Monster Cable Products, Inc.; (7) Bose Corp.;
(8) Callaway Golf Co.; (9) Taylor Made Golf Co.; (10) Adidas America, Inc.; (11) Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.; (12) Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd.; (13) DeWALT Industrial Tool Corp.; (14) Electro-Voice, Inc.; (15) Shure Inc.; (16) AKG Acoustics GmbH; (17) Harman International Industries; (18) Maxon Precision Motors, Inc.; (19) Dr. Fritz Faulhaber GmbH & Co. KG; (20) Micromo Electronics, Inc.; (21) TELEX Communications, Inc.; (22) Bosch Security Systems, Inc.; (23) Electro-Optics Technology, Inc.; (24) Nexteer Automotive Corp; (25) Bunting Magnetics Co.; (26) Viona Corp.; (27) Allstar Magnetics LLC; (28) Dura Magnetics Inc.; and (29) Integrated Magnetics, Inc.
Hitachi Metals owns over 600 patents worldwide relating to sintered rare earth magnets, including over 100 patents in the United States alone. This significant patent portfolio contains patents essential for the safe, efficient, commercial manufacture of sintered rare earth magnets. Notwithstanding the broad scope of this patent portfolio, it has come to the attention of Hitachi Metals that a number of unlicensed magnet manufacturers have been importing, selling for importation, and/or selling after importation into the United States infringing sintered rare earth magnets and products containing those magnets.
PRESS INQUIRIES
Akio Minami
Corporate Communications
Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
E-mail: hmcc@hitachi-metals.co.jp
Tel: +81-3-5765-4079 Fax: +81-3-5765-8312
1-2-1,Shibaura Minato-ku,Tokyo 105-8614 Japan http://www.hitachi-metals.co.jp

Monday, August 20, 2012