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ALJ Finds Violation in Mobile Device Holders Investigation

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ALJ Pender’s initial determination in Certain Mobile Device Holders and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1028 (Sept. 12, 2017), finding a violation of Section 337, provides important guidance on what investments count...more

Respondents Denied Leave to Amend Answer to Complaint

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In Certain Digital Cable and Satellite Products, Set-Top Boxes, Gateways and components Thereof; Inv. No. 337-TA-1049, ALJ McNamara recently denied a motion by Respondents to amend their answer to the complaint to add the...more

Federal Circuit Stay Order Demonstrates Value of Redesign as Defense in ITC Actions

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The Federal Circuit has determined to partially stay an ITC exclusion order as it pertains to products redesigned after the remedial orders issued. We have previously posted about Certain Network Devices, Related Software and...more

Trump Nominates Replacement Commissioners

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As we have previously posted, the ITC currently has two open Commissioner positions after the exits of Commissioners Kieff and Pinkert earlier this year. On September 28, 2017, President Trump announced his nomination of...more

CALJ Denies Motion to Supplement Expert Reports

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In Certain Integrated Circuits with Voltage Regulators and Products Containing Same; Inv. No. 337-TA-1024, Chief ALJ Bullock recently denied a motion by Complainant R2 Semiconductor, Inc. to take additional discovery and...more

Federal Circuit Says PTO Submissions can Waive Privilege to Future Communications

On July 20, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in In re OptumInsight denied OptumInsight’s petition for writ of mandamus on privilege waiver. The court held that the District Court for the...more

Commission Overturns Summary Determination in Optical Fibers Investigation

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In an earlier post, we summarized ALJ McNamara’s recent Summary Determination in Certain UV Curable Coatings For Optical Fibers, Coated Optical Fibers, And Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1031, Order No. 33 (July 6,...more

Indefiniteness Dooms Patent Claims on Summary Determination

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Dispositive summary judgment in district court patent cases is somewhat common, but similar early dispositions of Section 337 investigations in the ITC are rare in comparison. One such outcome happened recently in Certain UV...more

If You Need a Second Bite at the IPR Apple, Take It Quickly

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In a decision denying a second petition for inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) elucidated the factors weighing against granting the petitioner’s request. The decision underscores the PTAB’s...more

Double Dipping Allowed in Domestic Industry Allocation

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The Commission issued an Opinion finding a violation of Section 337 in Certain Air Mattress Systems, Components Thereof, and Methods of Using Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-971. Of note, the Commission reversed a part of ALJ Bullock’s...more

Colorable Difference Test Not Applicable to CDO Sanctions

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A recent ITC enforcement decision highlights the importance of redesigns as an effective strategy for Respondents at the ITC....more

Default Determination Highlights The Importance Of Alleging Every Element

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A recent ITC decision, stemming from a default initial determination, underscores the importance of alleging every element in a complaint. 19 U.S.C. § 1337(g)(l) provides that the Commission, when making a determination on...more

ITC Issues Public Commission Opinion Clarifying Methodology for Allocating Domestic Industry Expenses and Issuing Exclusion Order...

On May 17, 2017, the International Trade Commission (ITC) reversed an ALJ’s ruling and found a violation of Section 337 in Certain Air Mattress Systems, Components Thereof and Methods of using the Same (“Certain Air Mattress...more

Judge Essex Updates Ground Rules to Limit Prehearing Briefs, Opening Statements

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Last week, Judge Essex issued a notice updating his ground rules in active investigations pending before him...more

PTAB Invalidates Two Cisco Patents Found Valid and Infringed at the ITC

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) issued Final Written Decisions regarding Cisco’s U.S. Patent Nos. 6,377,577 (the “’577 Patent”) and 7,023,853 (the “’853 Patent”) on May 25, 2017 and U.S. Patent No. 7,224,668 (the...more

Commissioner Kieff to Leave ITC

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ITC Commissioner F. Scott Kieff has announced that he is leaving the ITC to return to his previous academic position as a professor at the George Washington University Law School.  Kieff’s last day at the ITC will be June 30,...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit:

The big news this week (and it is particularly big news in Tyler and Marshall, Texas) is that the ?Supreme Court rules that a defendant “resides” for purposes of the patent venue statute only ?where the defendant actually ?is...more

Is A Respondent’s Own Post-Importation Infringement A Violation Of Section 337?

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Before 2011, the ITC routinely found violations of Section 337 based on the infringement of method claims through a respondent’s own use of an article post-importation. This changed when the ITC issued its Opinion in Certain...more

ITC Section 337 – Quarterly Highlights

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The Trump Administration’s Potential Impact on ITC Section 337 Cases - Most project the Trump administration as less inclined toward continued patent reform, more pro-patent, and certainly more trade protectionist, than...more

ALJ Finds ITC Remedial Orders Unenforceable

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We previously wrote about the uphill battle Respondent Eko Brands faced in an enforcement proceeding after it defaulted in the underlying investigation. The ALJ found during the proceedings that res judicata barred its...more

ITC Judge Takes Notice of PTAB Institution Denials

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PTAB trials are nearly always (~ 4 out of 5) driven by some concurrent litigation need, either a district court complaint of infringement filed against the petitioner or an International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation...more

IPRs Are Not Time Barred by an Earlier ITC Complaint

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Since their introduction as part of the America Invents Act, Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) have proven to be a powerful tool for parties accused on patent infringement. One important constraint on their deployment is a one year...more

ITC Section 337 Update – March 2017

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Commission Reverses ALJ’s Dismissal Of U.S. Steel’s False Designation Of Origin Claim And Sets Hearing On U.S. Steel’s Antitrust Claim In Certain Carbon Steel; U.S. Steel Withdraws Trade Secret Theft Claim – 2017 has produced...more

ITC Reschedules Oral Argument

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As previously reported, the Commission recently granted U.S. Steel’s request for an oral hearing in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel, Inv. No. 337-TA-1002. This was only the second oral argument granted in a Section 337 case in...more

FTC and DOJ Issue Proposed Updates to Antitrust Guidelines for Licensing IP

For the first time in 26 years, the FTC and DOJ (the “Agencies”) have issued proposed updates to the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property, last revised in 1995. The intervening quarter century...more

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