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ITC Litigation / Section 337

Within a matter of months, the International Trade Commission (ITC) can enter orders directing U.S. Customs to seize products of companies that may be importing goods that infringe a U.S. IP right. Even companies that are not named specifically in an ITC complaint can face seizure of products under a general exclusion order issued by the ITC.

Allen & Overy's ITC trial lawyers in Washington, D.C. and around the world represent complainants, respondents, and third parties in these fast-paced, 'bet-the-company' matters. Our team, composed of seasoned trial lawyers and technical specialists, has represented clients effectively in more than 60 ITC investigations at the ITC and at U.S. Customs.

With more than 40 offices worldwide, Allen & Overy lawyers serve clients in their own languages and in their own time zones in these multinational proceedings. Our extensive experience in ITC matters covers a wide range of industries and technologies, including semiconductors, flash memory, laminate floors, computer products and peripherals, electric robots, laser barcode scanners, medical devices, video game devices, and chemicals.

Our lawyers are skilled in both patent law and in the ITC's and Customs' unique rules and procedures. Drawing on our deep and varied experience in patent law, litigation, licensing intellectual property, and Customs procedures, we provide our clients a competitive edge to reach the best solution tailored to each company's unique circumstances.

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News: 03 JULY 2020

Addressing climate change with the Jane Goodall Institute

To mark the first part of London Climate Action Week, we look at the work being done by teams in Belgium, Hong Kong, London and Australia to support the Jane Goodall Institute – a global conservation…

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Publications: 11 JUNE 2020

Webinar: The key impacts of Covid-19 coronavirus on Intellectual Property

In the first of a series of webinars, Allen & Overy’s IP team addresses the current impact of Covid-19 coronavirus on IP from a transactional, litigation and regulatory perspective.

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Publications: 16 APRIL 2020

Mexichem v Honeywell – Will a broad Arrow declaration fly?

An Arrow declaration is a form of discretionary relief granted by UK courts declaring that a product or process would have lacked novelty, or been obvious, at a specific point in time. 

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Publications: 01 DECEMBER 2018

Sweet but short? Apple v EUIPO and Apo International

T-104/17, Apple Inc v EUIPO and Apo International Co Ltd, General Court, 13th September 2018.

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