In a recently issued order, the ITC indicated its willingness to consider case-by-case modifications to its hearing procedures in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – including implementing procedures regarding witness statements, objections, and possible depositions in lieu of an in-person evidentiary hearing.
In a recently issued order, the ITC rescheduled an upcoming hearing due to the coronavirus pandemic and urged the parties to agree to have witnesses testify based on their deposition transcripts instead of live testimony at the upcoming hearing.
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 recent decision, the PTAB decided to institute an IPR despite that fact that a parallel ITC investigation was in its late stages. They reasoned that since ITC decisions are not binding on other forums, the ITC determination would not be enforceable as to the USPTO, and would not result in the cancellation of patent claims.
The Federal Circuit recently vacated part of its decision from three months ago, which held that “the Commission’s trademark decisions, like its patent decisions, do not have preclusive effect.”
The ITC has sworn in two new Commissioners. Randolph J. Stayin was sworn in on August 23, 2019, and Amy A. Karpel was sworn in on August 26, 2019. Commissioner Stayin replaces Commissioner Broadbent, and Commissioner Karpel replaces Commissioner Williamson.