ITC Bans Chinese Massage Gun Imports Over Infringement

By Grace Dixon (December 17, 2021, 9:16 PM EST) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to block imports of handheld massage guns from China that infringe Hyperice Inc.'s patented technology for vibrating.

The ITC issued a general exclusion order on Thursday, a type of import ban that applies broadly, even to companies not directly named in the investigation. The exclusion order bars imports of "therapeutic handheld percussive massage devices for applying percussive massage to a person's body" that step on a patent held by the HyperVolt maker.

At the same time, the ITC issued a cease and desist order against Kinghood International Logistics Inc., one of nineteen respondents named in...

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