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AIPLA Spring Meeting

May 1 2013

Hot Topics at the U.S. International Trade Commission

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), hosts its Annual Spring Meeting at the Westin Seattle Hotel, Seattle, Washington from May 1-3, 2013.

On May 1, 2013, Deanna Tanner Okun will present on Hot Topics at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The United States International Trade Commission ("ITC" or "Commission") is an administrative agency tasked with, inter alia, administering 19 U.S.C. § 1337, commonly known as "Section 337." Section 337 makes it unlawful, among other unfair acts, to import any article into the United States that infringes a valid and enforceable U.S. intellectual property right.

Ms. Okun examines the trends at the ITC, including a number of hot-button topics on the docket at the ITC. These hot-button topics include how the ITC is approaching: (a) the assertion of standard essential patents ("SEPs"); (b) the use of Section 337 by non-practicing entities ("NPEs"); (c) the issuance of tailored exclusion orders based on economic and public interest concerns; (d) the propriety of deciding less than all issues at the conclusion of an investigation; and (e) a discussion of new rules that will affect Section 337 practice in the months and years ahead.

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