New Rules at the ITC Target Efficiency, Require Caution

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The U.S. International Trade Commission recently issued two sets of final rules, which may substantively alter ITC practice on a going-forward basis. The first set applies to investigations instituted on or after May 20 of this year; the second will be effective after June 20. Collectively, the rules represent part of a concerted effort by the Commission to increase the efficiency of Section 337 proceedings.

This article will highlight several of the new rules, focusing on how they provide opportunities to lower discovery costs and ways in which they will require diligence to avoid disclosure (or waiver) of confidential or privileged information.

Originally published in BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, 86 PTCJ 373, on 06/14/2013.

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Topics:  Disclosure, Discovery, Investigations, ITC, Legal Costs

Published In: Antitrust & Trade Regulation Updates, Civil Procedure Updates, Intellectual Property Updates, International Trade Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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