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Archived updates for Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Verve Requests Unfair Import Investigation of Point of Sale Terminals

On August 2, 2004, Verve LLC filed a "Section 337" unfair import complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The complaint requests that an unfair import investigation be instituted involving "Certain Point of Sale Terminals." The proposed respondents identified in the Commission's docket report are: Thales e-Transctions, Inc., Atlanta, GA; Thales Group, Plaisir Cedex, France; CyberNet, USA, Inc., San Jose, CA 95134; CyberNet, Inc., Seoul, Korea; Lipman USA, Inc., Syosset, NY; Lipman Electronic Engineering, Ltd., Rosh Haayin, Israel; Hypercom Corporation, Phoenix, AZ; VeriFone, Inc., Alpharetta, GA, Ingenico Corp. USA, Atlanta, GA; Ingenico, Puteaux Cedex - France; Trintech Inc., Addison, TX and Trintech Group PLC, Leopardstown, Dublin.

The Commission now has 30-35 days from the filing date of the complaint in which to decide whether to institute the investigation. Upon institution, the proposed respondent will be served with the Complaint via postal mail and an Administrative Law Judge will schedule discovery, conduct a trial, and issue a written "Initial Determination," usually within about 10 months. Due to the expedited nature of these proceedings, and availability of general exclusion orders affecting non-parties, it is important to notify any potential importers of similar products as soon as possible.

Click here for more information on the importance of monitoring these ITC investigations, such as by subscribing to the free "I/P Updates" news service at And, click here for a free audio-visual Internet presentation on "Unfair Import Investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission."

To arrange a free, in-person presentation to your intellectual property organization on this topic, and/or others, contact Bill Heinze (, at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley LLP in Atlanta, Georgia USA.
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