What You Need to Know about the United States International Trade Commission, Unfair Competition, and Protection of Intellectual Property
Rodney Sparks, Senior Biotechnology Patent Counsel, University of Virginia Patent Foundation, USA
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) is a federal administrative agency with investigative and legal powers over trade. It protects the domestic industry of the United States of America against unfair foreign competition, including intellectual property matters, and its popularity as a venue for patent infringement litigation has increased. This paper will describe the mission of the ITC, how it works, and how it differs from the federal courts. The paper will also discuss why some think the ITC is too protectionist as well as some of the proposed and recent changes at the ITC.
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