ITC Aims To Lessen Patent Litigation With Earlier Rulings

Law360, New York (June 24, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission is experimenting with new procedural rules designed to cut down on unnecessary litigation in patent investigations by requiring early rulings on important issues like the existence of domestic industry, the agency said Monday.

Under a pilot program, cases that appear to have a potentially dispositive issue — such as a lack of domestic industry, importation or standing — will be subject to expedited fact finding and an abbreviated hearing on only that issue. If the petitioner survives the early review, the...
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