A record high number of new intellectual property-related cases were filed at the United States International Trade Commission ("USITC") during FY 2011.
Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, provides for the USITC investigation of unfair practices related to importation of goods and the corresponding border enforcement of US intellectual property rights. The vast majority of the investigations include patent infringement allegations, but complainants may also assert copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secret or other intellectual property rights claims.
The number of new section 337 investigations started in FY 2011 is 70, an increase of 37 percent over the 51 new cases instituted in FY 2010. As seen in the data for the last decade, this is the greatest number of new investigations instituted in any given year.
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