From big brand battles to patent trolling disputes, it's been a busy year for the US International Trade Commission. WIPR takes a look at 2012's headline events so far.
In 2011, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) reported a record number of Section 337 complaint filings. 70 investigations were launched, and tech giants from Apple to Samsung sued, countersued and sought exclusion orders against their rivals. This year, the battle of the brands continued and at the ITC, business is booming.
In May, the commission launched an investigation into a complaint made by Texan company Longview against 45 respondents, including Olympus, Panasonic and Toshiba, concerning devices with a retractable USB connector.
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