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As the US International Trade Commission looks set for a busy 2018, lawyers are wondering whether it can keep up with the workload and what impact—if any—President Trump’s policies will have. WIPR reports.
“Over the last few months, at least two new complaints have been filed every week. It’s going to be very busy and, even though they’ve just appointed a new judge, they are still short-staffed for this pace,” says Paul Brinkman, partner at Kirkland & Ellis.
He is talking about the US International Trade Commission (ITC) where, in financial year 2017, 64 section 337 complaints and ancillary proceedings were filed, a little down on the 79 complaints filed in 2016. During 2017, there were 117 active investigations (the same as in 2016).
"A prevailing complainant can ask the commission to order US customs to exclude all of a respondent’s infringing articles, as well as components in those articles, from the US." Katherine Burke, Baker Botts.
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