Another trade fair matter involving Chinese exhibitors occurred this past week (ending Nov. 5, 2016) involving the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Marketing Association) trade fair in Las Vegas. As with the Future Motion case, this one involved a federal court issuing a TRO on November 1, 2016. The case has also been reported in the trade press and on at least one blog.
The TRO and scheduling order was issued against a USD 10,000 bond. Federal marshals at the trade fair were ordered to seize products that allegedly infringed utility and design patents and a registered trademark. The plaintiff was OMIX-ADA, the “world’s largest independent manufacturer and wholesaler of Jeep parts and accessories.” The defendants are Changzhou Jiulong Autolamps Factory and other manufacturers/distributors. Here is a copy of the order.