While ALJ McNamara’s recent order suggests that respondents may be permitted to add defenses in the midst of discovery if the complainant is aware of the defense, it remains important for respondents to coordinate with co-respondents so the pleadings reflect all applicable defenses as soon as possible.
Disputed Material Facts Snap Complainant’s Motion for Summary Determination of Economic Prong of Domestic Industry
A recent Order from ALJ McNamara is a reminder of the complexities in proving domestic industry at the ITC.
The ITC recently ruled that even if a respondent is estopped from raising certain invalidity challenges because it failed to raise them in a previously filed IPR, the Office of Unfair Imports Investigations Staff can raise those very same challenges during an ITC investigation.
The ITC allows supplementation of a party’s Notice of Prior Art in some instances, but will deny the addition of new prior art references if the party does not explain why they did not obtain the added references earlier or how the added references pertain to the asserted patents.
Economic Prong of Domestic Industry Requirement Is Not Evaluated in Relation to Complainant’s Overall Investments
The economic prong can be satisfied even when the percentage of complainant’s domestic investments in the patented products is small in relation to its overall domestic investments.
A recent decision by the International Trade Commission (”ITC”) in Investigation No. 337-TA-1091, suggests that the ITC may not enforce forum selection clauses.