The ITC explained: WIPR talks to Deanna Tanner Okun


Deanna Tanner Okun, chairman of the US International Trade Commission, talks to WIPR about the ITC ’s statutory mission and her role within it.

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) is responsible for adjudicating unfair competition complaints under Section 337 of the Tariff Act. In effect, it is asked to ensure that owners of US intellectual property rights can protect them against infringing goods being imported into the United States.

How did you come to be head of the ITC?

This is my second time as chairman of the ITC. I was appointed and confirmed by the Senate, and came to the commission in 2000, so I’m in my 10th year here. I served as chairman from 2004 to 2006, and the statute provides for a rotating chairmanship between the political parties, as part of our independent makeup.

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