Hitachi's Rare Earth Magnet Suit In ITC Targets Bose, Adidas

Law360, New York (August 20, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT) -- Bose Corp., DeWALT Industrial Corp., Adidas America Inc. and others violated U.S. trade law by selling or importing patent-infringing rare earth magnets or products like speakers and power tools that contain them, Hitachi Metals Ltd. said Friday in a U.S. International Trade Commission complaint.

Hitachi Metals' suit targets 28 proposed respondents and focuses on sintered rare earth magnets, which are small and light but extremely powerful. The complaint asserts four patents Hitachi says are critical to the magnets' manufacture.

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