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In the Matter of Certain Multimedia Display and Navigational Devices
On July 22, 2011, the International Trade Commission (ITC) broadly construed its “domestic industry” requirement, thereby limiting its jurisdiction over patent disputes. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief urging the ITC to limit its jurisdiction. The ITC has authority to regulate trade disputes between U.S. industries and foreign competitors, including patent infringement claims. The ITC is hearing a complaint regarding the import of personal navigation devices. WLF argued that the ITC lacks jurisdiction to hear patent disputes unless the complainant operates a business in the U.S. related to articles protected by the patent. The ITC agreed, holding that the Japanese complainant had not established that it maintains a “domestic industry.” Although the complainant argued that its domestic industry consisted of U.S.-based efforts to license its patents, the ITC held that those efforts were not sufficiently “substantial” to meet the domestic industry requirement.
Case Status:
Victory.
More Information and Downloads:
5/24/2011: Download the Brief
Press Release: ITC Urged to Broadly Construe "Domestic Industry" Requirement
Litigation Update: ITC Broadly Construes "Domestic Industry" Requirement
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