July 12, 2016ITC News

Carbon and Alloy Steel - Update: Judge Lord Suspends Steel Investigation Pending Notification to Commerce Department

Judge Dee Lord issued an Initial Determination (ID) on July 6, 2016, suspending the investigation initiated by U.S. Steel against Chinese steel makers (Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-1002), in order for the Commission to notify the Commerce Department of the investigation, and potentially to await a response before continuing with further Section 337 proceedings. ...›

July 6, 2016Commission Decisions

Automated Teller Machines: Commission Affirms Summary Determination of Invalidity Based on Indefiniteness

On May 16, 2016, in an investigation involving automated teller machines (Inv. No. 958), the Commission affirmed the ALJ’s summary determination of invalidity based on the finding that the claim term “processor” was indefinite under 35 U.S.C. § 112. Similarly, on May 12, 2016, the Commission affirmed summary determination of invalidity based on indefiniteness in Inv. No. 943 involving wireless headsets. ...›

Irving Williamson
June 27, 2016ITC News

Irving Williamson Becomes ITC Chairman

On June 17, 2016, Irving Williamson succeeded Meredith Broadbent as Chairman of the ITC. Ms. Broadbent’s term expired on June 16 and the President did not appoint a successor, so Mr. Williamson became Chairman as the most senior Democrat on the Commission. ...›

Patent Office
May 23, 2016ITC News, ITC Procedures

No Stays of ITC Proceedings Based on IPRs, But Commission Grapples With Effect of A Final PTAB Decision

On March 3, 2016, Administrative Law Judge David Shaw denied a motion to stay Investigation No. 337-TA-983 pending resolution of instituted inter partes reviews (IPR) for two of the three patents asserted in the investigation. The requested stay was denied even though the two IPRs were scheduled to conclude before the anticipated target date for the ITC investigation’s final determination. ...›

May 10, 2016ITC News

Mark Whitaker Joins Editorial Board for MoFo@ITC Blog

Mark Whitaker, an IP litigation partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, has joined the editorial board for the MoFo@ITC blog. Leveraging more than 25 years of experience crafting litigation strategies before the U.S. district courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Court of Federal Claims, Mark will be a regular contributor to the blog. ...›

May 6, 2016ALJ Decisions

Activity Tracking Devices – Update: Judge Lord Finds Remaining Patents Invalid Under Section 101

On April 27, Judge Dee Lord found the two remaining Jawbone patents in the 963 Investigation (Certain Activity Tracking Devices, Systems, and Components Thereof) invalid under Section 101. The two patents subject to this Initial Determination were family members of one of the patents Judge Lord found invalid on March 3, a decision the Commission adopted on April 4. ...›