Cisco, Others Tell Lawmakers To Keep NPEs Out Of ITC

Law360, New York (July 18, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT) -- Patent suits by nonpracticing entities at the U.S. International Trade Commission are a burden on American businesses and Congress should act to restrict the practice, executives from Cisco Systems Inc. and other companies told a House panel on Wednesday.

The ITC was designed to protect U.S. businesses from unfair foreign trade practices, so companies that only acquire and assert patents without making any products should not be able to use it threaten U.S. companies with import bans, according to Neal Rubin, Cisco's vice president of litigation....
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