WASHINGTON, DC (November 16, 2010) – Morrison & Foerster announced that Brian Busey, a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice, has been elected president of the International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association (ITCTLA), effective today. Mr. Busey will serve a one-year term.
The ITCTLA was founded in 1984 to educate lawyers worldwide on Section 337 of the U.S. government’s 1930 Tariff Act, an important instrument for defending U.S. intellectual property from infringing products from overseas. Following a Section 337 complaint, the six ITC commissioners are charged with determining whether an investigation is warranted, and on the basis of its findings have the power to issue exclusion orders forbidding importation into the U.S. of infringing products.
Mr. Busey specializes in ITC patent and IP cases and has litigated nearly two dozen Section 337 cases; he has also written and spoken extensively in the U.S. and Asia about ITC practice and procedure. The 2010 Chambers USA guide recognizes his ITC practice as one of the most eminent in the nation, and he is included in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in America for his IP litigation work, including patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. In addition to appearing before the ITC, Mr. Busey has also litigated IP disputes in federal court and has developed a substantial practice before alternative dispute resolution bodies.
The ITC has grown in importance as a forum for litigating patent and other intellectual property disputes, due to the Commission’s power to grant injunctive relief and to its relatively swift resolution of complaints in comparison with federal court litigation. Morrison & Foerster’s thriving ITC practice, representing both complainants and respondents, is ranked among the best according to the 2010 World IP Survey conducted by Managing Intellectual Property.
“I’m honored to assume the presidency of the ITCTLA, which plays a significant role in promoting understanding of the importance of Section 337 to U.S. intellectual property protection and that sufficient resources are devoted to enforcement of intellectual property through Section 337,” Mr. Busey said. “As IP disputes become more international, we can expect the number and variety of cases brought under Section 337 will continue to grow, making the ITC an even more critical forum for shaping the rules of intellectual property.”