Practice Group | International Trade Commission (ITC)


International Trade Commission (ITC)

Brinks By the Numbers

Brinks has seasoned litigators who collectively have participated in over 50 investigations before ITC, covering the full breadth of possible causes of actions, including:

  • Patent Infringement
  • Trade secret misappropriation;
  • Copyright infringement;
  • Trademark infringement;
  • Gray market goods/parallel imports;
  • Trade dress; and
  • Other unfair trade causes of action.

Brinks has over 100 attorneys and patent agents whose backgrounds span over 30 different technology areas.

ITC investigations often involve products and companies based outside the United States.  Having attorneys and litigation support team members fluent in multiple languages increases the effectiveness of the litigation team and enhances attorney-client relationship. Brinks has attorneys and patent agents who are fluent in Cantonese, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Romanian, Russian and Spanish.


Brinks’ ITC attorneys include a former ITC employee who served in the Office of General Counsel and Office of the Chairman, providing Brinks’ clients with the advantage of understanding the ITC process from the inside.  


The ITC offers an attractive forum for both domestic and internationally-based owners of U.S. intellectual property rights, providing accelerated procedures and powerful remedies to stop infringing imports at the border and to halt further sales for products already in the country.

However, actions brought before the ITC are subject to complex statutory requirements and procedural rules. Therefore, whether you are seeking to enforce your rights against imported products or you are defending against charges of unfair trade practices, it is important to have experienced attorneys who understand not only the substantive areas of unfair trade practice law and the technology at issue, but also have experience navigating the Commission's unique set of rules and procedures.  


Our attorneys also have in-depth experience in the ITC’s other trade remedy proceedings: antidumping and countervailing duty investigations; safeguards investigations and China safeguards investigations.

Brinks attorneys have experience before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and have handled numerous Customs matters related to Section 337 and IP enforcement. We have represented our clients in forfeiture and seizure actions before CBP when trademark infringement issues arise.  CBP also enforces ITC exclusion orders.  CBP affords parties an opportunity to file advanced ruling requests to determine the classification of imported goods – and whether a redesigned product is covered by an existing ITC exclusion order.  Our attorneys have filed numerous advanced ruling requests with CBP over the years. 

Our attorneys also have experience in ITC exclusion order enforcement actions where we have represented our clients in enforcement proceedings before Customs and on appeal to the U.S. Court of International Trade, having appeared before the Court of International Trade in over 25 cases involving Customs and international trade issues.

Forward Thinking
January 02, 2014
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