Rather Than Pressuring The ITC Over Key Patent Cases, Congress Should Fix A Broken Patent System

Posted by BernardSwiss on Sep 20, 2012 8:42 AM EDT
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For years we've talked about how many patent holders these days have two cracks at anyone they accuse of infringing: through the courts and then separately through the ITC, which can issue an injunction (but not monetary awards) that block a product made elsewhere from entering the US. The ITC doesn't have to follow the same rules as the courts. So, for example, it doesn't need to abide by specific Supreme Court precedent, which can lead to some wacky outcomes. But, really, it's just one more example of a broken patent system.

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