Last week the Federal Circuit held that, like patent decisions, ITC decisions pertaining to trademarks are not entitled to preclusive effect.
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.
Parties considering whether to pursue litigation in a district court or the ITC should know that service against a foreign respondent is easier at the ITC.
Normally, the FDA monitors the improper distribution of drugs, but the ITC might also enter the fray if complainants can demonstrate injury.
While the ITC rarely issues general exclusion orders, two recent cases illustrate the importance of seeking such relief in appropriate circumstances.
By: Yury Kalish and Vishal Khatri – Thirty nine (39) new Section 337 complaints have been filed at the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) in the first half of fiscal year (“FY”) 2018. The ITC is on pace to have one of the busiest years in its history and if the rate of filings increases slightly, the ITC may even exceed its FY 2016 record of 79 filings in a single year.