Converse Blitz Highlights ITC As Overlooked Trademark Venue

Law360, New York (November 10, 2014, 2:05 PM EST) -- Lost in the shuffle of Converse Inc.'s recent trademark offensive was the fact that part of it was filed at the U.S. International Trade Commission — a venue frequented by patent owners but rarely used for trademark cases. Experts say it might be time for that to change.

It makes sense: In addition to filing a wave of trademark infringement cases in New York federal court, the shoemaker also filed a parallel petition with the ITC against the same 31 companies under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, which allows the agency to issue exclusion orders barring all imports...

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