The Differences Between ITC Investigations and U.S. Court Lawsuits: What You Need To Know

China Intellectual Property Magazine
October 2010

Robert Fischer and Aleksandra Fayer’s article, ” The Differences Between ITC Investigations and U.S. Court Lawsuits: What You Need To Know” appeared in the October 2010 issue of China Intellectual Property Magazine. Outside of the federal court system, the United States International Trade Commission (the “ITC”) is another possible forum for a patent holder concerned about an alleged infringement. The advantages and disadvantages of the federal district court as compared to the ITC depend on the nature of the action. This article outlines the key differences every U.S. patent owner should know between bringing an action to the ITC and bringing an action in a federal district court.

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