Extending ITC's Reach To Trade Secrets Theft Abroad

Law360, New York (November 17, 2011, 12:47 PM EST) -- On Oct. 11, 2011, a divided panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit interpreted Section 337, the U.S. International Trade Commission’s governing statute, as giving the ITC authority to investigate and grant relief against products that are manufactured abroad using misappropriated trade secrets.

What makes the case, TianRui Group Co. v. International Trade Commission, unique and one of first impression is that, while it has long been accepted that the ITC’s authority to investigate “[u]nfair methods of competition and unfair acts” includes trade...
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