Section 337 Patent Investigation Management Guide

624 Pages Posted: 10 May 2010  

Peter S. Menell

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

George Brian Busey

Morrison & Foerster, LLP

Ruffin Cordell

Fish & Richardson P.C.

Mark G. Davis

Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Matthew D. Powers

Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Sturgis Sobin

Covington & Burling

Abstract

The U.S. International Trade Commission has emerged as one of the most salient patent enforcement venues in the United States. Its fast-track procedures – typically producing determinations within 12 to 16 months of initiation of an investigation – and potent exclusion remedy have brought the ITC to center stage in patent enforcement over the past several years. The ITC now conducts more full patent adjudications on an annual basis than any district court in the nation. The ITC’s six Section 337 administrative law judges (ALJs) focus almost exclusively upon patent investigations, making the ITC the only specialized trial-level patent adjudication forum in the nation. Given the importance of international trade to high technology markets, the ability to exclude goods at the border provides a valuable strategic option for a growing number of patent owners. This guide, modeled after the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide, provides comprehensive analysis of the management of Section 337 investigations.

Keywords: Patent, Patent Case Management, International Trade Commission, Section 337

Suggested Citation

Menell, Peter S. and Busey, George Brian and Cordell, Ruffin and Davis, Mark G. and Powers, Matthew D. and Sobin, Sturgis, Section 337 Patent Investigation Management Guide. UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 1603330. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1603330 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1603330

Peter S. Menell (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )

215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

George Brian Busey

Morrison & Foerster, LLP ( email )

United States

Ruffin Cordell

Fish & Richardson P.C. ( email )

1717 Main St.
Suite 5000
Dallas, TX 75201
United States

Mark G. Davis

Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP ( email )

767 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10153
United States

Matthew D. Powers

Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP ( email )

201 Redwood Shores Parkway
Redwood Shores, CA 94065
United States

Sturgis Sobin

Covington & Burling ( email )

1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004-2401
United States

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