International Trade Commission

The International Trade Commission (ITC) can be an alternative venue for resolving patent disputes. The advantage tends to be dramatically accelerated proceedings, which are completed in months rather than years, as well as substantial cost savings. However, not every case can be tried in the ITC. According to the Tariff Act of 1930, in order for the ITC to have jurisdiction the case must involve importation of infringing goods into the United States.