Morrison & Foerster is one of the nation’s leading and most active firms in the representation of clients before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) under the unfair imports provision (Section 337) of the U.S. Tariff Act. We are routinely recognized in the ITC category in numerous third-party rankings, including Chambers USA and Legal 500. The firm has counseled and represented domestic and foreign clients on international trade litigation such as EchoStar, Toshiba, Sharp, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Altera, and Kyocera.
The firm maintains the insightful MoFo@ITC blog, which delivers ITC trends, news, and statistics on international trade litigation rulings and decisions. Our team of ITC litigators includes the former Director of the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII), who was responsible for overseeing the work of ITC staff attorneys on more than 500 Section 337 investigations during her 25-year tenure at the ITC.
Section 337 proceedings provide a mechanism for both domestic and foreign owners of U.S. intellectual property rights to block the importation of infringing products into the U.S. The firm has represented both complainants and respondents in more than 50 Section 337 investigations, and our attorneys have experience before nearly all administrative law judges at the ITC.
Morrison & Foerster combines detailed knowledge of Section 337 practice and the ITC with extensive trial and litigation experience in federal district courts and the Federal Circuit. We also have extensive experience in enforcement of ITC exclusion orders before the ITC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
We are active in the leadership of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association ITC Committee, the AIPLA, and other bar associations that keep current with Section 337-related developments. Because of the number and complexity of Section 337 cases that we have handled, many of our litigation attorneys have direct experience with international trade litigation before the ITC.
Law360 IP Practice Group of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2016
Chambers Global 2018 Global: Intellectual Property Asia-Pacific Region: Intellectual Property China: Intellectual Property: International Firms Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms United States: Intellectual Property (Patent) United States: Intellectual Property (Section 337)
Chambers USA 2017 National: Intellectual Property National: International Trade: Intellectual Property (Section 337) California: Intellectual Property California: Intellectual Property (Patent Prosecution) New York: Technology & Outsourcing Washington D.C.: Intellectual Property (Litigation) Washington D.C.: Technology & Outsourcing
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms Asia-Pacific Region: Intellectual Property
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2018 National: IP Litigation (Tier 1) National: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) National: Patent Law (Tier 1) Los Angeles: IP Litigation (Tier 1) Los Angeles: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) San Diego: IP Litigation (Tier 1) San Diego: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) San Diego: Patent Law (Tier 1) San Francisco: IP Litigation (Tier 1) San Francisco: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) San Francisco: Patent Law (Tier 1) Washington D.C.: IP Litigation (Tier 1) Washington D.C.: Patent Litigation (Tier 1)
The National Law Journal 2016 IP Hot List
Legal 500 US 2018 Copyright Patent Litigation: ITC Patent Litigation: Full Coverage Patents: Portfolio Management and Licensing Patent: Prosecution (Including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Trade Secrets Trademarks: Litigation
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018 China: Intellectual Property: Foreign Firms Hong Kong: Intellectual Property Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms and Joint Ventures
Managing IP: American Awards Shortlist 2018 United States: Appellate United States: Life Sciences IP Litigation United States: ITC Japan: Patent – Foreign Firms
IAM Patent 1000 2017 California: Litigation (Gold) California: Transactions (Highly Recommended) California: Prosecution Hong Kong: Litigation & Transactions International Japan: Litigation and Licensing (Highly Recommended) National: Transactions National: Litigation Washington D.C.: Litigation
LMG Life Sciences 2017 Hatch-Waxman Patent Litigation Patent Prosecution (Highly Recommended) Patent Strategy and Management (Highly Recommended)
Blog: Tracking Patent Litigation at the ITC
IP Practice Group of the Year 2015, 2013
An Introduction to Section 337 Proceedings at the ITC
Anticipated ITC Timeline
ITC 337 Frequently Asked Questions
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