ITC Blocks Reusable Straw Imports After Patent Probe

Law360 (February 3, 2021, 6:12 PM EST) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to block the importation of foldable and reusable drinking straws that infringe a New Mexico stainless steel straw manufacturer's patent.

The ITC issued a general exclusion order, an infrequently used type of import ban that applies to all infringing products — even those imported by companies that are not parties to the case, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.

The exclusion order — issued on Jan. 28 — applies to "individual foldable reusable drinking straws and components," the cases meant to store them and their cleaning instruments.

The ITC said in...

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