U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) Section 337 investigations

Overview of ITC Section 337 Investigations

The United States International Trade Commission conducts ITC Section 337 investigations under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C 1337). These investigations involve allegations of unfair competition in the sale for importation, the importation of products into, and/or their subsequent sale in, the United States, that infringe a U.S. patent, copyright, registered trademark, or mask work as well as other unfair methods of competition and unfair acts. Section 337 investigations offer IP rights holders a powerful remedy—an exclusion order enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“Customs”) blocking infringing products from entering the United States.

Mei & Mark’s ITC Section 337 Practice

As a boutique IP firm, Mei & Mark handles all aspects of ITC Section 337 investigations and consistently ranks as a top ITC law firm. Mei & Mark handles patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret ITC investigations. We cover ITC-specific issues, such as domestic industry, remedy, and pre-hearing, hearing, and post-hearing procedures (often in an ITC local counsel role), as well as general litigation issues such as patent claim construction, infringement, and invalidity.

Mei & Mark represents clients in all types of ITC Section 337 investigations, including enforcement (infringement), modification, and advisory opinion proceedings. We also represent clients in post-ITC proceedings before Customs and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Our attorneys rank as top ITC practitioners with extensive experience in ITC Section 337 investigations, including handling over 100 investigations collectively. Two of our attorneys worked as attorney advisors at the ITC before joining Mei & Mark.

Recent ITC Rankings

Mei & Mark consistently ranks among top and most active ITC law firms.

• 2020: Patexia ranked Mei & Mark among Top ITC Law Firms and ranked six of its attorneys Top ITC Lawyers.
• 2019: DocketNavigator ranked Mei & Mark among Top ITC Law Firms and ranked three of its attorneys Top ITC Lawyers.
• 2018: The Chinese Ministry of Commerce named Mei & Mark as a Top U.S. Firm for ITC Section 337 Practice

What Makes Mei & Mark Unique

A boutique IP firm based in Washington, DC, Mei & Mark employs top-ranked ITC practitioners and former ITC attorney advisors, offers a reasonable fixed-fee litigation budget, and customizes strategies to meet each client’s goals and budget.

Key Professionals

Lei Mei
P. Andrew Riley
Robert A. Hall
Jiwei Zhang
Larry Sandell
Jeff Pearson
K. Kevin Mun, Ph.D.
Ed Naidich
Manni Li
Guang-Yu Zhu

Representative ITC Investigations

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1178, Certain Collapsible And Portable Furniture.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1142, Certain Pocket Lighters.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1139, Certain Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Components Thereof.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1125, Certain Height-Adjustable Desk Platforms and Components Thereof.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1123, Certain Carburetors and Products Containing Such Carburetors.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1114, Certain Modular LED Display Panels and Components Thereof.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1107, Certain LED Lighting Devices and Components Thereof.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1106, Certain Toner Cartridges and Components Thereof.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1007/1021, Certain Personal Transporters, Components Thereof, and Packaging and Manuals Therefor.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1000, Certain Motorized Self-Balancing Vehicles.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-974, Certain Aquarium Fittings and Parts Thereof.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-967, Certain Document Cameras and Software for Use Therewith.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-929, Certain Beverage Brewing Capsules, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-922, Certain Devices Containing Non-Volatile Memory and Products Containing the Same.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-909, Certain Non-Volatile Memory Devices and Products Containing Same.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-894, Certain Tires and Products Containing Same.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-890, Certain Sleep-Disordered Breathing Treatment Systems and Components Thereof.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-833, Certain Digital Models, Digital Data, and Treatment Plans for Use in Making Incremental Dental Positioning Adjustment Appliances, the Appliances Made Therefrom, and Methods of Making the Same.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-824, Certain Blu-Ray Disc Players, Components Thereof and Products Containing Same.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-789, Certain Digital Televisions and Components Thereof.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-739, Certain Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters and Products Containing Same.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-739 (Enforcement Proceeding), Certain Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters and Products Containing Same.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-731, Certain Toner Cartridges and Components Thereof.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-640, Certain Short-Wavelength Light Emitting Diodes, Laser Diodes and Products Containing Same.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-615 (Post-ITC CBP Proceeding), Certain Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters and Products Containing Same (resulting in a first ever victory for a Chinese company before CBP).

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-565 (Advisory Opinion and Enforcement Proceeding), Certain Ink Cartridges and Components Thereof.

• ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-562 (Enforcement Proceeding), Certain Incremental Dental Positioning Adjustment Appliances and Methods of Producing Same.