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Hyosung TNS Inc. v. International Trade Commission

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

June 17, 2019


          Appeal from the United States International Trade Commission in Investigation No. 337-TA-972

          Gregory G. Garre, Latham & Watkins LLP, Washington, DC, argued for appellants. Also represented by Gabriel Bell, Elana Nightingale Dawson, Kevin Wheeler.

          Sidney A. Rosenzweig, Office of General Counsel, United States International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, argued for appellee. Also represented by Dominic L. Bianchi, Wayne W. Herrington.

          Patrick Flinn, Alston & Bird LLP, Atlanta, GA, argued for intervenors. Also represented by Keith E. Broyles, Pamela Councill, David Frist, Joshua Mark Weeks; Adam Swain, Washington, DC.

          Before Dyk, Clevenger, and O'Malley, Circuit Judges.


         Hyosung TNS Inc., Nautilus Hyosung America Inc., and HS Global, Inc., (collectively "Hyosung") appeal from a decision by the International Trade Commission ("ITC"). The ITC concluded that various automatic teller machine ("ATM") models imported by Hyosung infringed claims of two patents owned by Diebold Nixdorf, Inc., and Diebold Self-Service Systems (collectively "Diebold"), U.S. Patent Nos. 6, 082, 616 ('616 patent) and 7, 832, 631 ('631 patent).[1] The ITC issued a limited exclusion order as well as cease and desist orders.

         Because the appeal has become moot as to the '616 patent, we dismiss the appeal as to the '616 patent, vacate the ITC's decision as to that patent, and remand with instructions to revise the applicable orders. We affirm the ITC's decision and orders as to the '631 patent.


         Hyosung and Diebold are both in the market of manufacturing and selling ATMs. Diebold owns the '616 and '631 patents directed to ATMs. Diebold filed a complaint with the ITC claiming that Hyosung's imported ATMs infringe claims in the '616 and '631 patents and their importation violates 19 U.S.C. § 1337(a)(1)(B). The ITC initiated an investigation. The patented technology generally relates to the structure and function of ATMs. The '616 patent claims an ATM rollout tray that allows for easier servicing of internal components of the ATM. The '631 patent relates to a particular method for reading magnetic ink character recognition ("MICR") data on checks (e.g., ink used for the account and routing numbers) that are inserted into an ATM regardless of their width or orientation.

         The ITC concluded that Hyosung's accused products infringed both the '616 and '631 patents; that the asserted claims were not shown to be invalid; and that the domestic industry requirement was met for both patents. The ITC entered a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders against Hyosung.

         Thereafter, Hyosung redesigned its products in an effort to avoid infringing the '616 patent. On May 26, 2017, it sought an administrative ruling by U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("Customs") that the redesigned products did not infringe the '616 patent, which would allow Hyosung's importation of the redesigned ATM products. See 19 C.F.R. § 177. Both Hyosung and Diebold participated in the proceeding. Customs concluded that the newly redesigned products did not infringe the '616 patent and were therefore not covered by the ITC's limited exclusion order as to the '616 patent. Ruling Letter re Certain Automated Teller Machs., ATM Modules, Components Thereof, & Prods. Containing Same, HQ H286719 (Customs), 2017 WL 3371581, at *17 (July 24, 2017).

         Hyosung appeals the ITC's decision. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1295(a)(6).


         We review the ITC's factual findings for substantial evidence and legal conclusions de novo. Honeywell Int'l, Inc. v. Int'l Trade Comm'n, 341 F.3d 1332, 1338 (Fed. Cir. 2003).

         I. '616 Patent

         Claims 1, 6, 10, 16, 26, and 27 of the '616 patent are at issue on appeal. Representative claim 1 of the '616 patent recites:

An automated banking machine apparatus comprising:
a housing bounding an interior area, the housing having a first opening to the interior area;
a rollout tray movably supported on the housing, the rollout tray including a wall portion, a service opening extending through the wall portion, wherein the rollout tray is movable between a first position wherein the tray extends outward from the first opening and the service opening is accessible from outside the housing, and a second position wherein the tray is within the interior area and the service opening is not accessible from outside the housing;
a first serviceable component mounted in supporting connection with the tray and overlying the service opening, the serviceable component having a service point, and wherein the service point is accessible from outside the housing by extending a tool upwardly through ...

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