Bill Curtailing NPE Suits At ITC Could Restructure Licensing

Law360 (September 16, 2020, 6:12 PM EDT) -- While Congress has been preoccupied with COVID-19 issues and potential U.S. Postal Service and election security legislation, one recently introduced bipartisan bill could — if enacted — significantly affect intellectual property rights, licensing negotiations and international trade.

On Aug.14, Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., introduced H.R. 8037, the Advancing America's Interests Act. The AAIA would amend Section 337 of the U.S. Tariff Act,[1] which is the enabling statute of the U.S. International Trade Commission, a quasi-judicial federal agency in Washington, D.C., with broad investigative powers on matters of trade. 

Among other responsibilities, the ITC conducts investigations under...

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