Recent statistics reflect that the ITC continues to be an attractive venue for IP litigation. FY 2019 had a decrease in the number of complaints filed but trends to-date in FY 2020, suggest minimal disruption in the number of filings due to COVID-19.
In a recent Order, the ITC denied Respondents’ request to use the ITC’s Early Disposition Program which allows the ALJ to decide within 100 days certain case dispositive issues while staying discovery of any remaining issues.
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.
In a recently issued order, ALJ McNamara relied on her Ground Rules to require the parties to focus on their best theories by limiting the number of asserted claims and the number of prior art references relied upon for invalidity.
A recent decision from the ITC highlights the difficulties that can arise with the enforcement of a Limited Exclusion Order (LEO) and how the inclusion of a certification provision in an LEO can be used to permit importation of non-infringing redesigns.