FTC Head Blasts Reliance On ITC In Patent Disputes

Law360, Washington (September 19, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT) -- Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz on Wednesday criticized the growing reliance on the U.S. International Trade Commission over federal courts for patent disputes, saying that parties often focus more on delaying product competition than acquiring legitimate remedies for infringement.

Leibowitz told attorneys and regulators at Georgetown Law School's Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium that the threat of an ITC exclusion order is frequently used by patent holders to scare others into paying unfairly high royalties to stave off competition.

"When the allegedly infringing component is, say,...
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