ITC Opens Patent Probe Into Kenmore Grills

Law360, New York (September 23, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission announced Friday it had opened an investigation into whether Sears Roebuck & Co., its affiliate Kmart Corp. and a number of other companies were importing grills made in China that infringed U.S. patents for a two-in-one grill.

The commission voted to look into allegations by A&J Manufacturing LLC that dual-mode grills, capable of cooking different foods with propane and charcoal simultaneously, imported and sold by 21 companies infringed three of its patents.

A&J has asked the ITC to impose a general...
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