Isola USA Files Complaint Against Taiwan Union Technology Corporation For Violating International Trade Commission Order By Infringing Its Laminate Technology Patents
CHANDLER, Ariz., August 20, 2012 — Isola Group S.à.r.l., a leading global material sciences company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs), today announced its U.S. subsidiary, Isola USA Corp., filed an enforcement complaint against Taiwan Union Technology Corporation (TUC) with the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) on August 17, 2012.
The complaint alleges that TUC has violated a March 12, 2009 Order (Consent Order) entered by the USITC that bars TUC from importing and/or selling for importation any products that infringe certain claims of two Isola patents, United States Patent No. 6,187,852 (titled “Fillers for Improved Epoxy Laminates”) and certain claims of United States Patent No. 6,322,885 (titled “Talc Particles as Fillers for Improved Epoxy Laminates”), through TUC’s importing and selling its laminate and prepreg products in the United States. Specifically, the complaint alleges that TUC has violated the Consent Order by importing and/or selling for importation its TU-862 HF and TU-86P HF products. The complaint requests that the USITC institute enforcement proceedings, issue a cease and desist order against TUC and those acting in concert with TUC from importing and/or selling for importation the infringing products in the United States, and impose sanctions against TUC in an amount of no less than $100,000 per day for each day the Consent Order was violated.
"Isola is a proven technology leader in the laminate industry, and our intellectual property is a valuable asset," said Raymond P. Sharpe, President and CEO of Isola Group. "This is the second time Isola has been forced to seek relief from the United States International Trade Commission based on TUC’s sale of products that utilize Isola’s patented technology. Until recently, we thought this issue was resolved, and we are disappointed that we are forced to take legal action to enforce the prior consent decree. We have a responsibility to our shareholders, customers and employees to vigorously protect our investments and our extensive patent portfolio."