USITC Judge Upholds Patent Violations

Patents for GFCIs by Pass & Seymour/Legrand are valid and enforceable

Syracuse, N.Y.-based Pass & Seymour/Legrand (P&S), a leading provider of electrical wiring devices and home systems, announced recently that the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), Washington, D.C., issued a final decision that a number of China-based manufacturers of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and their U.S. distributors have violated P&S’s patent rights.

In a final decision, the USITC affirmed an earlier decision by the Administrative Law Judge Carl C. Charneski finding P&S’s patents valid and enforceable. The ITC also found that GFCIs manufactured by General Protecht Group, Shanghai ELE Manufacturing, Shanghai Meihao Electric, and Wenzhou Trimone Science and Technology Electric infringed P&S’s patents.

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