2018 marked one of the busiest fiscal years at the International Trade Commission (“ITC”). It is currently handling more active investigations than ever before. The government shutdown may affect this trend in 2019.
Notices recently issued by ALJ Bullock indicate that ALJ Pender “has returned to the Commission” and certain previously assigned investigations were therefore reassigned to him.
ALJ Pender has retired from the ITC. News of his retirement was provided in orders issued by Chief ALJ Bullock reassigning the investigations previously assigned to ALJ Pender.
Earlier this week, the ITC announced that, by operation of law, David S. Johanson became Chairman of the Commission on June 17, 2018.
New ITC patent rules will go into effect for all investigations instituted after June 7, 2018. The rules are likely to have an immediate impact on practitioners and litigants.