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International Trade Commission

A Fast Venue Backed with Relief Enforced by the Federal Government

​Mintz attorneys have successfully represented both complainants (plaintiffs) and respondents (defendants) in the International Trade Commission (ITC) in Section 337 cases. The ITC moves rapidly toward trial once it has instituted an investigation. And a decision is typically rendered within 12 to 18 months from the initial filing of the complaint. We know and have experience in the venue. Our familiarity with the ITC positions our clients for success in its compressed timeframe. 

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Our Experience

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Mintz represents Advanced Micro Devices in enforcing its patent rights related to novel architectures for GPU circuitry. The ITC handed down a decision that VIZIO, MediaTek and Sigma Designs violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act and recommended certain products be excluded from import to the US.
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Mintz helped patent licensing company Advanced Silicon Technologies (AST) monetize 3D video graphics processing and intelligent memory control patents. Mintz asserted four patents for AST against manufacturers in the International Trade Commission (ITC), district court, and European venues.
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Mintz helped Enterprise Systems Technologies monetize a portfolio of more than 500 patents focused on enterprise telephony developed by Siemens AG. Mintz attorneys enforced four of the patents against integrated device companies. EST settled with Apple, Samsung, LG, and Google on favorable terms.

Our Approach

To achieve success at the ITC, an attorney needs to appreciate the unique nature of the venue. That includes its complex procedures, highly-influential staff attorneys, and fairly small panel of Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). Given the speed of ITC cases, experienced counsel are your only option. As a respondent, you'll be playing catch-up against the petitioner — and you'll have a short window in which to develop a defense to maintain the right to compete in the US market. As a petitioner, you'll need to understand that preparing to file a complaint at the ITC is substantially different than filing at Federal District Court. Rigid adherence to guidelines is required.

Why Litigate at the ITC?
  • Speed: 18 months from filing to verdict
  • Enforcement: nationwide subpoena and enforcement powers
  • Relief: Exclusion Orders bar infringing items from importation or sale
​Why Mintz at the ITC?
  • One of very few firms ever to have achieved a General Exclusion Order in a 337 investigation
  • Knowledge of and experience with the ITC staff attorneys who are critical to success
  • Successful representation of parties on both sides of ITC cases

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