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Federal Circuit’s En Banc Suprema Ruling Confirms the ITC’s Authority to Exclude Imported Goods Used to Directly Infringe in the...

On August 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit held that under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, the International Trade Commission (ITC) could exclude from the United States imported goods that, after importation, are used in...more

Suprema, Inc. v. ITC: En Banc Federal Circuit Confirms ITC’s Jurisdiction to Exclude Articles Based on Induced Infringement

On August 10, 2015, the full US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its en banc opinion in Suprema, Inc. v. ITC, which overturned an earlier panel decision and confirmed, by a 6–4 vote, that the International...more

Federal Circuit Strengthens ITC's Authority to Police Importation

On August 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit, acting en banc, ruled that the International Trade Commission (ITC) has the authority to prevent importation of products based on claims for induced infringement where the predicate...more

Divided Federal Circuit Says U.S.I.T.C. May Exclude Indirectly Infringing Items

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is a powerful tool for enforcing intellectual property rights. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently expanded that power – at least for the time being,...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Judge Robart’s RAND Determinations in Microsoft v. Motorola

Late last month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its much-anticipated decision in Microsoft v. Motorola, a breach of contract action brought by Microsoft alleging that Motorola violated its commitment to license its...more

Federal Circuit Upholds ITC Interpretation of § 337 to Cover Induced Infringement

Suprema, Inc. and Mentalix Inc. v. Int’l Trade Comm’n, Case No. 12-1170 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 10, 2015) (Reyna, J.) (O’Malley, Proust, Lourie, and Dyk JJ., dissenting). By way of background, appellee Suprema manufactures...more

ITC Section 337 Update – August 2015

En Banc Federal Circuit Upholds The Commission’s Position In Suprema – On August 10, 2015, in an en banc Opinion written by Circuit Judge Reyna, the Federal Circuit upheld the Commission’s position in Suprema, Inc. v....more

Intellectual Property Alert: The Import of Electronic Data: Federal Circuit Appears Unlikely to Affirm Commission’s Jurisdiction...

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) possesses unique powers under 19 U.S.C. § 1337 (Section 337). Upon finding that a party engaged in “unfair acts,” e.g., patent or trademark infringement,...more

ClearCorrect v. ITC: Federal Circuit Hears Argument in Case Which Will Decide Whether ITC Has Jurisdiction Over Digital Imports

On Tuesday, August 11, the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments in ClearCorrect v. International Trade Commission, a case that will decide whether the ITC has the power to exclude intangible items that are imported digitally...more

New Antidumping And Countervailing Duty Petitions On Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products From Seven Countries

For your information, on August 11, 2015 new antidumping (AD) and/or countervailing duty (CVD) petitions were filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on hot-rolled steel...more

Federal Circuit authorizes ITC to bar imports that may or may not be used to infringe

On August 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit extended the reach of the ITC to cover accused articles that do not directly infringe when coming into the country through customs, but are later made or used to directly infringe a...more

Intellectual Property Alert: Suprema, Inc. v. ITC: ITC Can Exclude, Under Inducement Theory, Imported Products That Only Infringe...

On August 10, 2015, an en banc Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the International Trade Commission’s interpretation of Section 337 was reasonable and therefore that the ITC has the authority to exclude,...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Upholds ITC’s Broad Definition of Induced Infringement

Earlier this week, an en banc Federal Circuit interpreted the scope of Section 337 of the Tariff Act (19 U.S.C. § 1337), which proscribes importation of "articles that … infringe" a U.S. patent. (Suprema, Inc. v....more

Federal Circuit overturns panel decision and upholds Commission in Suprema, Inc. v. International Trade Commission rehearing en...

En banc Court reverses panel decision 6-4 and upholds U.S. International Trade Commission determination that it has broad authority to address acts of induced infringement based upon post-importation conduct. Procedural...more

En banc Federal Circuit Affirms ITC’s Authority to Issue Exclusion Orders for Induced Infringement of Method Claims

Reversing an earlier panel decision, the en banc Federal Circuit confirmed that the ITC has the authority to issue exclusion orders against imported products that ultimately are used to infringe method claims, even if those...more

Suprema v. ITC: En Banc Federal Circuit Overturns Panel Decision, Finds ITC Has Jurisdiction Over Induced Infringement of Method...

Yesterday morning, the full Federal Circuit issued its en banc opinion in Suprema, Inc. v. ITC and reversed the controversial Federal Circuit opinion that had effectively precluded the International Trade Commission from...more

An Invalidity Argument Without a Home? The PTAB's Discretion to Ignore Grounds for Invalidity

By Shaun R. Snader[1] & George C. Beck The post-grant proceedings established by the America Invents Act – inter partes review (IPR), covered business method (CBM) review, and post-grant review (PGR) –promise faster,...more

ITC Has Power Over Imported Articles With Potential to Induce Infringement

On Aug. 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued a much-anticipated opinion confirming the authority of U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC” or “the Commission”) to stop importation of articles which are used, after...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Keeps Induced Infringement Alive at the ITC

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an en banc opinion today finding that induced infringement may form the basis for an investigation of unfair import practices at the International Trade Commission (ITC)....more

ALJ Shaw Confirms ITC’s Post-Suprema Authority to Exclude Articles That Infringe After Importation Based on Contributory...

The International Trade Commission has recently released the public version of the Administrative Law Judge’s Final Initial Determination in Certain Marine Sonar Imaging Devices, Including Downscan and Sidescan Devices,...more

Divided Federal Circuit Applies Chevron Deference and Holds That Inducement May Form the Basis for a Violation of Section 337 in...

On August 10, 2015, an en banc Federal Circuit issued its much-awaited decision in Suprema, Inc. v. Int’l Trade Comm’n (No. 2012-1170), a case that had the potential to curtail the scope of conduct that may be addressed by...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Makes Preliminary Injury Finding on Hydrofluorocarbon Blends and Components From China

For your information, on August 7, 2015, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted affirmative in connection with its preliminary injury investigation on hydrofluorocarbon blends and components from China. The ITC...more

What is a RAND Licensing Rate? The Ninth Circuit Weighs in.

July has just ended, and SEP and FRAND issues are in the air. On July 8, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) sought public comments on its proposed amendments to its Guidelines for the Use of Intellectual Property under...more

Business Litigation Report - July 2015

Introduction - Issue preclusion is a familiar concept to most practicing attorneys. Under this doctrine, “later courts should honor the first actual decision of a matter that has been actually litigated.” Charles Alan...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Landmark FRAND Decision and Jury Verdict

The Ninth Circuit yesterday (July 30, 2015) issued one of the most significant appellate opinions regarding standard essential patents (SEPs) subject to commitments to license on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory...more

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