Tag Archives: Section 337

Articles that Infringe Only after Importation can be Excluded by the ITC

The Federal Circuit recently affirmed the International Trade Commission’s (“ITC” or “Commission”) Opinion in Certain Digital Video Receivers and Hardware and Software Components Thereof,[1] holding that the ITC’s authority to exclude products from the United States is not limited to “articles that infringe” at the time of importation, but can include articles that infringe after … Continue Reading

Beyond IP Rights: Pursuing Antitrust Claims Under Section 337 of the Tariff Act

Although investigations under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 have focused on intellectual property rights involving patents, unregistered trademarks or trade secret claims, the language of Section 337 is much broader. The provision applies to any “unfair methods of competition and unfair acts in the importation of articles.” That language is similar to … Continue Reading

Foreign-based Companies Can Meet the Section 337 Domestic Industry Requirement

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) can provide a powerful alternative forum for enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, including U.S. patents.[1] But there are limitations on the actions that can be brought at the ITC. For example, to bring an action for patent infringement at the ITC, a patent owner must demonstrate, inter alia, … Continue Reading

USITC Finalizes Amendments To Procedural Rules Governing Section 337 Investigations

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has published in the Federal Register final revisions to its rules of practice and procedure governing Section 337 investigations, the investigations that the ITC conducts under 19 U.S.C. § 1337 based on private party complaints against imported articles that allegedly violate U.S. intellectual property rights.  This completes a process … Continue Reading

USITC Refuses to Rescind $650K Civil Penalty Despite Party and Staff Consent

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has determined to maintain the $650,000.00 penalty it imposed for violation of a consent order entered in a Section 337 investigation, notwithstanding that the parties and the Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII) supported rescinding the penalty.… Continue Reading

ITC Refuses To Allow Limited Usage Of Protected Material In European Patent Proceedings; Calls For Granular Examination Of Public Interest Issues

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has decided to review in part an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)’s finding of violation of Section 337 based on patent infringement in Certain Semiconductor Devices, Semiconductor Device Packages, and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1010 (Sept. 29, 2017).  While review of patent issues is not unusual, the Notice of … Continue Reading

U.S. International Trade Commission Postpones Oral Argument In Carbon And Alloy Steel Products

The USITC’s investigation in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-1002 was instituted to investigate alleged violations of Section 337 by the Chinese steel industry based on claims of trade secret misappropriation, false designation of origin, and (atypically for a 337 proceeding) antitrust violations.  While the trade secret misappropriation claims were withdrawn, the … Continue Reading

U.S. International Trade Commission To Review ALJ’s Dismissal Of Antitrust-Based Claims In Carbon And Alloy Steel Products

The USITC’s investigation in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-1002 was instituted to investigate alleged violations of Section 337 by the Chinese steel industry based on claims of trade secret misappropriation, false designation of origin, and (atypically for a 337 proceeding) antitrust violations.  While the first two claims are proceeding to trial, the … Continue Reading

ALJ Reverses Prior Domestic Industry Finding In Light of Lelo Inc. v ITC

In a significant development in ITC domestic industry law, ALJ Pender has reversed his prior ruling in Certain Sleep-Disordered Breathing Treatment Systems and Components Thereof (337-TA-890) that Complainants had established a U.S. industry in their products—a prerequisite for investigations under Section 337.  The reversal is based on the intervening Federal Circuit authority in Lelo Inc. … Continue Reading

ITC Designates Newly-Instituted Section 337 Investigation For Fast-Track Hearing On Section 101 Issues

The United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) is an independent, quasi-judicial Federal agency with investigative responsibilities on matters of trade.  Among other things, the ITC adjudicates complaints filed by private parties involving imports that allegedly infringe intellectual property rights under the authority of Section 337 of the Tariff Act.  If imports are deemed to violate Section … Continue Reading
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