IPR Infringement Case Information Now Consolidated in ITC Web-Based Tool
The International Trade Commission has launched a new Web-based tool that will help users find information about and track unfair import investigations brought under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. The 337Info information retrieval system brings together the following information that was previously spread across the ITC Web site.
- the unfair acts alleged (patent, trademark or copyright infringement; misappropriation of trade secrets; etc.)
- the parties involved (current and historical)
- the administrative law judge and ITC staff assigned (current and historical)
- the products involved
- current investigation status and key dates (hearing dates, target dates, etc.)
- key dates in the procedural history (e.g., date of institution)
- disposition of the investigation as a whole and by respondent
- remedial orders issued
- any appeals and/or ancillary proceedings
According to the ITC, 337Info currently includes information about investigations instituted or otherwise initiated on or after Oct. 1, 2008. These investigations include violation-phase, enforcement, bond forfeiture and modification proceedings as well as investigations following a remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Data will generally be updated within three business days of an ITC or ALJ action.
The ITC notes that 337Info enables users to identify investigations of interest; track ongoing investigations, appeals and ancillary proceedings from filing to disposition; and conduct research. However, this system is not a document repository, and users will still have to use the ITC’s Electronic Document Information System to view official documents. In addition, ALJ initial determinations will continue to be posted in the “press room” section of the ITC Web site on the date of release and ITC decisions on whether to review ALJ initial determinations and ITC final determinations will continue to be posted in the Federal Register section of the Web site at 5 p.m. on the date of release.