A claim of alleged patent infringement has been made about the Swedish family-owned company BabybjÃ¶rn and its US subsidiaries alongside 30 other child carrier manufacturers. As a result, the US International Trade Commission (ÂUSITCÂ) announced on 5 April 2019, that it would conduct a section 337 investigation (this usually involves the investigation into allegations of patent/ trade mark infringement by imported goods).
The allegations were made by the US-based company with Scandanavian values LÃllÃ©baby, who submitted a complaint last month. LÃllÃ©baby stated that BabybjÃ¶rn and the other companies had imported products that infringed two of its patents. These patents covered designs for child carriers with Âadaptive leg supportsÂ.
LÃllÃ©baby and the other companies have been given 20 days from the USITC issuance of its notice of investigation, requesting the submission of their responses.
LÃllÃ©baby is seeking for the USITC to issue a general exclusion order/ limited exclusion order preventing BabybjÃ¶rn and the other companies from further importing the alleged infringing products. In addition, LÃllÃ©baby is seeking cease and desist orders against the defendants.
This USITC investigation will run concurrently to an earlier lawsuit that LÃllÃ©baby filed last month against BabybjÃ¶rn at the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
LÃllÃ©baby is seeking for the district court to award treble damages for willful infringement alongside its attorneyÂs fees.