On March 16, 2019, the ITC implemented a temporary change to filing procedures in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The ITC will temporarily waive and amend its rules that require the filing of paper copies, CD-ROMs, and other physical media in section 337 investigations. All filings, including new complaints, will be done electronically instead.
In a recently issued Commission Opinion, the ITC applied the Federal Circuit’s rule in Lelo emphasizing that a quantitative analysis must be performed in order to determine whether a complainant has satisfied the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement.
The ITC recently issued an order denying Respondents’ request to use the Early Disposition Program because issues regarding ownership of the asserted patents raised in the request would require third party discovery and were too complex to be resolved within 100 days.
In a recently issued Initial Determination, ALJ McNamara ruled that beer containers imported into the U.S. satisfied the domestic industry requirement because the Complainants were able to show significant domestic value-add with the use of expert testimony.
Circumstantial Evidence Can Help You Satisfy The Importation Requirement…But Only Under The Right Circumstances
In a recent summary determination order, ALJ Bullock found that complainants cannot always rely on circumstantial evidence to satisfy the Section 337 importation requirement because, without actual importation records, such evidence may not be sufficient to prove that a respondent actually shipped an infringing product.