Best Practices and Hot Topics in Section 337 Patent Litigation at the International Trade Commission

April 25, 2016

Practical Law_Webinar_442x248Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm EST

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Commencing a patent infringement investigation at the International Trade Commission (ITC) under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 is a powerful weapon in a patent owner’s arsenal. Section 337 patent infringement investigations offer several advantages over patent litigation in federal district court, including swift resolution of disputes and broad availability of injunctive relief. However, Section 337 investigations also have potential risks, including substantial litigation costs and discovery requirements.

Join Practical Law and two ITC experts for a free 75-minute webinar discussing best practices for Section 337 patent litigation and current hot topics at the ITC, such as standard essential patents and the Commission’s jurisdiction over electronic data importations. The webinar will feature (i) Charles Schill, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP who has handled more than 130 unfair trade practice Section 337 investigations, and (ii) former ITC Administrative Law Judge Robert Rogers, who held 20 hearings during his tenure resulting in 17 Final Initial Decisions.

A short Q&A session will follow.


Charles F. Schill, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson: Charles focuses his practice on the intersection of international trade and intellectual property law. He has handled more than 130 unfair trade practice cases under Section 337 of the Tariff Act at the ITC, and has won or favorably settled almost all of them. He previously served as a Senior Staff Attorney in the Office of Legal Services and the Office of General Counsel at the ITC.

Robert K. Rogers, Jr., Attorney at Law: An attorney for 39 years, Mr. Rogers was an Administrative Law Judge for 19 years, including 5 years as an ALJ at the U.S. International Trade Commission. He was assigned more than 55 cases, held 20 hearings, issued 17 Final Initial Decisions, 2 TEO Decisions, and concluded one case by summary determination. Mr. Rogers has extensive experience in litigation related to patents and trade secrets, and his experience spans a breadth of industries, issues, and forums, which provides him the ability to effectively assist litigants in reaching settlement of patent and trade secret matters.

Mark Baker, Senior Legal Editor, Practical Law Intellectual Property & Technology: Mark Baker joined Practical Law from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, where he was counsel focusing on patent litigation matters. Before that, he was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he specialized in patent litigation and intellectual property transactions.