Alston & Bird clients Itron and Resideo Technologies won a favorable initial determination over Causam Enterprises in a patent dispute related to Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 before the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Ruling in the matter, Clark S. Cheney, chief administrative law judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission, determined that Itron and Resideo Technologies did not violate Section 337 by allegedly infringing four of Causam Enterprises’ patents on electricity consumption management technology imports. Causam’s request to ban competitor imports targeted devices such as HVAC units, smart meters, and other consumer products that aim to manage electricity usage and reduce stress on power grids.
Representing Itron and Resideo Technologies in the matter are Alston & Bird partners Scott Stevens, Ben Pleune, Kirk Bradley, and Chris Douglas and associates Lauren Griffin, John McGrath, and Matt Turk of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation group.
The case is In re: Certain Smart Thermostats, Load Control Switches, and Components Thereof, USITC, Inv. No. 337-TA-1277, notice of initial determination filed 11/16/22.