As we have previously posted, the ITC currently has two open Commissioner positions after the exits of Commissioners Kieff and Pinkert earlier this year.  On September 28, 2017, President Trump announced his nomination of Dennis M. Devaney and Randolph J. Stayin to fill these vacancies.  These nominations come with the ITC operating with only four out of six Commissioners and a historically high Section 337 caseload.

Mr. Devaney is currently practice team leader and counsel with the Varnum law firm. Mr. Devaney earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Maryland in 1968 and 1970. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975. From 1970-1972, he served on active duty with the U.S. Naval Security Group.

Mr. Stayin graduated from Dartmouth College and received a law degree from the University of Cincinnati Law School.  He served as chief of staff to Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and was the Senator’s trade advisor in negotiating the passage of the Trade Act of 1974.  Mr. Stayin’s 40 plus years in the practice of law have focused on international trade policy and trade regulation. He has litigated antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, sunset reviews, trademark infringement, 301 unfair trade practices, 201 safeguards, 232 national security, generalized system of preferences, export regulation, trade sanctions, anti-boycott issues, and U.S. Customs enforcement.

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Vishal Khatri is an intellectual property lawyer with more than 15 years of experience representing clients in high stakes, bet-the-company patent litigation and procurement matters around the world. He routinely represents clients in matters before U.S. district courts, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).