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USITC Weighs In On Section 337’s Domestic Industry Requirement

On Friday, June 29, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) issued an opinion (in Certain Solid State Storage Drives, Stacked Electronics Components, and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1097), which expresses the Commission’s view on an important aspect of Section 337’s “domestic industry” requirement. USITC stipulates that investments in non-manufacturing activities, such as engineering and … Continue Reading

USITC Finalizes Changes to Section 337 Procedural Rules

On May 8, 2018, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) completed the process that began in 2015 to change the rules governing its practice and procedures with respect to 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 … Continue Reading

Domestic Industry Lesson For Section 337 Litigants

The requirement of establishing a “domestic industry” in articles protected by a patent is a unique and important aspect of Section 337 litigation. Judge Shaw recently released an order denying the complainant’s request for summary judgment on the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement in Certain Road Milling Machines and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1067 … Continue Reading

USITC Designates Investigation for Early Disposition

On January 17, 2018, the US International Trade Commission’s (USITC) Notice of Institution designated Certain IOT Devices and Components Thereof (IOT, The Internet of Things)—Web Applications Displayed On A Browser, Inv. No. 337-TA-1094 for early disposition. This is just the sixth such designation the USITC has made since the program was implemented and comes after four … Continue Reading

USITC Denies Entry into Early Disposition Pilot Program for Three More Cases

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) denied requests to enter Certain Insulated Beverage Containers, Components, Labels, and Packaging Materials Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1084 (Nov. 17, 2017); and the companion cases of Certain Color Intraoral Scanners and Related Hardware and Software, Inv. No. 337-TA-1090 and 337-TA-1091 (Dec. 14, 2017) into the USITC’s pilot program for early case disposition. Our sister publication, the Global IP & … Continue Reading

USITC Refuses Case for Early Disposition Pilot Program

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) recently denied a respondents’ request to enter Certain Shaving Cartridges, Components Thereof and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1079, Order (Oct. 25, 2017) into the early disposition pilot program. Our sister publication, the Global IP & Technology Law Blog, looks into the decision here.… Continue Reading

Defaulters Beware: ITC Exclusion Order Survives District Court Non-Infringement Ruling

In the investigation of Certain Beverage Brewing Capsules, Components, Thereof, and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-929, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) recently issued a decision in which it declined to rescind an exclusion order issued against a defaulted party despite a district court’s summary judgment ruling that the party did not infringe the … Continue Reading

USITC to Review ALJ Section 337 Enforcement Decision on Network Devices

According to a US International Trade Commission (USITC) notice published on August 4, 2017, the USITC has determined to remand an initial enforcement decision issued by an administrative law judge (ALJ) in the enforcement proceeding in Certain Network Devices, Related Software, and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-944. The decision by USITC could instigate additional rulings … Continue Reading

Hoverboard Imports Can Continue, Says USITC

Hoverboard had its first claim to fame as a fictional levitation transport device in Back to the Future. In the real world today, the hoverboard has become a popular consumer product that was recently involved in a highly watched US International Trade Commission (USITC) Section 337 investigation. In short, the US claimants initially alleged that 28 … Continue Reading

Federal Circuit Hands Out Decisions for the ITC on Invalidity Holdings

Following on our prior blog post on Certain Beverage Brewing Capsules, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-929, the Federal Circuit has recently ruled on an appeal of that case as well as one in Certain Wireless Headsets, 337-TA-943, both involving findings of patent invalidity. Continue reading on our sister blog, Global IP … Continue Reading

Simultaneous Rulings by USITC on Carbon and Alloy Steel Products Claims

The US International Trade Commission’s (USITC) 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 antitrust violations.… Continue Reading

US International Trade Commission (USITC) 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 Lord Dismisses Antitrust-Based Claims In Carbon And Alloy Steel Products Investigation

In May, the ITC instituted its investigation of Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-1002, based on alleged violations of Section 337 by the Chinese steel industry, including antitrust, false designation of origin, and trade secret claims.  On November 14, however, the presiding administrative law judge (ALJ Lord) granted respondents’ motion to dismiss … Continue Reading

ITC Determines Modification to Exclusion to Cover Components of Marine Sonar Imaging Devices

Squire Patton Boggs’ Global IP & Privacy Law Blog recently reported, the ITC, at complainant’s request, instituted a modification proceeding in Certain Marine Sonar Imaging Devices, Inv. No. 337-TA-921 (Modification Proceeding) and determined to modify its exclusion to cover components of the at-issue marine sonar imaging devices that are intended to be included in a fully-assembled … Continue Reading

ITC Grants Exclusion Order Modification to Include Components Imported for Assembling the Infringing Device

In an opinion made public just prior to the Labor Day weekend, the ITC has granted the complainant’s request to modify its order excluding marine sonar imaging devices to cover components that are intended to be included in a fully-assembled (also referred to as fully “kitted”) infringing product after importation. Certain Marine Sonar Imaging Devices, … Continue Reading

USITC ALJ Shaw Finds Claims Patent-Ineligible After Fast-Track Hearing On Section 101 Issues

In the first-ever hearing on a patent issue under the United States International Trade Commission’s (USITC) Pilot Program for early case disposition, ALJ Shaw has found (Inv. No. 337-TA-994) that the asserted claims of the sole patent-in-suit fail to recite patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  As we reported in a previous blog post, the USITC, … Continue Reading

USITC Vacates Suspension of Carbon and Alloy Steel Products Investigation

In May, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) instituted its investigation of Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-1002, based on alleged violations of Section 337 by the Chinese steel industry, including antitrust, false designation of origin, and trade secret claims.  As we reported in a previous blog, however, ALJ Lord determined, … Continue Reading

Suspended: Section 337 Investigation of Carbon and Alloy Steel Products Postponed Due to Overlap with Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Laws

ALJ Lord made the determination to suspend the USITC’s Section 337 investigations in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-1002, on the grounds that the investigation “comes at least ‘in part’ within the purview of the antidumping and countervailing laws . . . [and] therefore requires that the Commission notify the Secretary of Commerce” … Continue Reading

ITC Affirms Summary Determinations of Patent Invalidity Based on Indefiniteness in Wireless Headsets and Automated Teller Machines

In what appears to be something of a trend in favor of summary dispositions, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has affirmed summary determination rulings of patent invalidity in two, separate investigations: Certain Wireless Headsets, Inv. No. 337-TA-943 and Certain Automated Teller Machines and Point of Sale Devices and Associated Software Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-958. The … Continue Reading

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

In yet another significant development at the ITC on Section 101 issues, the Commission has ordered an early hearing in a newly-instituted Section 337 investigation as to whether the asserted claims of the sole patent-in-suit recite patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  The case—Certain Portable Electronic Devices and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-994—involves, according to … Continue Reading

ALJ Lord Grants Summary Determination of Section 101 Invalidity On A Second Batch Of Patents In Tracking Devices

As an update to our April 13, 2016 blog post, US International Trade Commission administrative law judge (ALJ) Dee Lord has granted summary determination that the asserted claims of two of Jawbone’s remaining patents in its Section 337 action against Fitbit are directed to ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  Certain Activity Tracking Devices, … Continue Reading

ITC To Consider Whether Laches Is An Available Defense In Section 337 Investigations

In a recent notice to review an ALJ’s determination finding a violation of Section 337, the ITC has requested briefing on whether a laches defense is available in Section 337 investigations in view of the Federal Circuit’s recent decision in SCA Hygiene Prods v. First Quality Baby Prods., 807 F.3d 1311 (Fed. Cir. 2015) (en … Continue Reading

ITC Adopts Summary Determination of Section 101 Invalidity In Tracking Devices and Finds Asserted Patent Claims Invalid Under Section 112 In Brewing Capsules

In the past two weeks, the ITC has made patent invalidity determinations in two Section 337 investigations, each of which is noteworthy in its own right. In Certain Activity Tracking Devices, Systems, and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-963, the Commission affirmed ALJ Lord’s summary determination that the asserted claims of two of the patents-in-suit are invalid … Continue Reading
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