IP Litigation before the International Trade Commission

Navigating the Minefield of §337 Actions

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, June 14, 2007

Course Materials


The International Trade Commission (ITC) as a forum for litigating intellectual property disputes is becoming increasingly favored. The ITC allows IP owners to take advantage of often-overlooked trade laws to protect their valuable rights. It also provides short time frames to resolution and a powerful remedy - exclusion from entering the U.S.

With American consumers comprising a significant portion of the world's economy, possible exclusion from U.S. markets is a strong deterrent. On the flip side, companies that seek relief at the ITC and fail may be punished in the stock market.

A clear understanding of the risks and rewards of IP litigation at the ITC is critically important as globalization of production, distribution and consumption of goods continues to increase.

Listen as our authoritative panel reviews the ITC and its authority - and how to strategically manage a §337 action before, during and after litigation.



The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the strategic advantages - and disadvantages - for IP owners of pursuing litigation before the ITC?
  • What factors should counsel consider before pursuing a §337 action before the ITC - and what are the best practices to follow when the decision is to move forward?
  • How does U.S. customs enforcement of ITC orders work?


Sean P. DeBruine
Sean P. DeBruine
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

He represents clients in patent, copyright and trade secret disputes involving a variety of technologies, including...  |  Read More

Stefani E. Shanberg
Stefani E. Shanberg
Perkins Coie

She has led litigation in the software, semiconductor, Internet, product design and consumer products technology...  |  Read More

Jimmy Shin
Jimmy Shin
McDermott Will & Emery

He is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department, where his practice...  |  Read More