ITC Section 337 Proceedings

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In today’s high-tech, high-speed world, domestic and foreign companies seeking to block unlawful imports that infringe U.S. intellectual property rights turn to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to protect their interests. Located in Washington, D.C., the ITC has sole authority to investigate alleged Section 337 intellectual property violations. Parties who fail to appear or otherwise cooperate risk sanctions including exclusion orders blocking accused product from importation.

ITC cases go to trial much faster than most district court cases. Once a Section 337 Investigation is instituted, fact and expert discovery proceed rapidly and investigations are in the middle of trial in less than a year.

Dickinson Wright has a proven track record of delivering favorable results to parties seeking to protect their intellectual property rights, as well as those seeking to protect their right to import.

Our ITC litigation/trial experience coupled with our deep patent prosecution bench and strong technical experience enable us to effectively handle all aspects of Section 337 Investigations, including:

• Pre-institution investigation and filing

• Enforcement and defense of Investigations involving a wide range of technologies and jurisdictions, including Asia, Europe, and South America

• Appeals to the Federal Circuit

• Enforcement with U.S. Customs

To read more articles on Section 337 enforcement proceedings, please visit our IP Litigation Blog.

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