Topic Archives: Commission Decisions

Cease & Desist
March 20, 2017Commission Decisions

ITC Commissioners Divided Over Standards For Cease And Desist Orders

Recent decisions by the Commission highlight a split among the Commissioners over the proper standard for issuing cease and desist orders. The majority of Commissioners appear to agree that the determination regarding whether to issue a cease and desist order is based on whether the respondent has commercially significant domestic operations or inventory of infringing products, even though those standards are not set forth in Section 337 in the United States. ...›

March 1, 2017Commission Decisions

Lithium Metal Oxide Cathode Materials: Commission Grants Relief after First Oral Hearing in a 337 Investigation in 10 Years

On January 26, 2017, after taking the unusual step of ordering a full International Trade Commission oral hearing to consider issues including laches, remedy, and public interest, the Commission issued a limited exclusion order (LEO) in Lithium Metal Oxide Cathode Materials, Inv. No. 337-TA-951. The oral hearing was the first held before the Commission since the 2007 hearing in Baseband Processor Chips, Inv. No. 337-TA-543. ...›


ITC Proceedings under the Pilot Program for Redesigns and New Products

Since February 2015, when the ITC announced its Pilot Program for expedited rulings on whether ITC exclusion and cease-and-desist orders cover redesigns or new products, the Commission has issued four decisions under the program (see our previous client alert regarding the Pilot Program). Two of the requests for advisory opinions were initially referred to the Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII) for consideration, while the other two proceedings were initially handled by the Office of the General Counsel. ...›

2016 --> 2017
January 5, 2017Commission Decisions

Top Developments at the ITC in 2016

In the last year, this blog has covered a number of substantial developments at the International Trade Commission. Among other things, 2016 saw (1) an increased usage of the ITC’s 100-day program for early resolution of potentially case-dispositive issues; (2) a half-dozen decisions on Section 101 patentability defenses; (3) general exclusion orders being issued at a rate above the historical average; (4) a rare full Commission hearing on a Section 337 investigation; and (5) the first antitrust-based investigation in more than 25 years. ...›


Stay? No Way! Commission Denies Another Request to Stay an Exclusion Order

On October 20, 2016, the Commission denied yet another request for a stay of a remedial order in an investigation pending appeal to the Federal Circuit. The Commission’s denial in Certain Marine Sonar Imaging Devices, Inv. No. 337-TA-921, follows a long line of decisions denying stays of remedial orders pending Federal Circuit appeal (with a recent, notable exception in Digital Models), indicating that it continues to be very difficult to stay ITC remedial orders absent an “admittedly difficult legal question” concerning the order. ...›

September 29, 2016Commission Decisions

Footwear Products: ITC Issues GEO Barring Shoes Infringing Two Converse Trademarks, But Finds Third Trademark Invalid

The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a general exclusion order in the 936 Investigation on July 6, 2016, that bars importation of shoes infringing two Converse trademarks on a diamond-patterned “outsole” (or shoe bottom). But the ITC found invalid a third Converse trademark on a “midsole” design, reversing the Administrative Law Judge on that point. ...›