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EDIS Public E-Service – and New Search Capabilities - are Coming!

The USITC’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) continues to improve.

Summer 2021 will bring the initial deployment of EDIS 3.11, with new enhancements to benefit both practitioners and public users.

For practitioners:

Electronic service of public documents in section 337 investigations is scheduled to begin through EDIS starting August 9, 2021. 

This long-awaited enhancement will allow participants in Section 337 investigations to be served with non-confidential documents filed in the investigation – electronically and automatically. 

What you need to know:

  • Filers of new section 337 investigation complaints will be required to enter information concerning the complainants and the respondents into the EDIS system when filing the complaint.
  • Participants in section 337 investigations will be required to designate a lead counsel or representative when filing a Notice of Appearance – this will “tie” the designation to the lead counsel/representative’s EDIS account to enable future service of public documents to those persons.
  • Representatives identified in the Certificate of Service will be able to access served documents in a new Service Inbox in their EDIS account.

Key benefits of EDIS E-Service include:

  • Prompt receipt of served public documents;
  • Real-time access to the current Public Service List for an investigation;
  • Automated generation of the Certificate of Service for a document when it is served.

Watch for more details about EDIS E-Service in the coming weeks.

For all users:

EDIS 3.11 also is scheduled to launch new search capabilities for documents filed in EDIS on August 9, 2021.

What you need to know:

  • EDIS will now feature a “Query Builder” tool that will allow users to create more complex search queries of documents in EDIS and their metadata.
  • The new Query Builder will allow users to select from lists of available metadata fields (including document keywords), input their search criteria, and combine them into a query using operators such as AND, OR, and NOT.
  • Users will be able to save and name their queries for future use.

Looking ahead

We’re just getting started with our EDIS 3.11 release – there’s more to come.  The USITC expects to deploy e-service of confidential documents and expand these new enhancements to documents filed in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations later this year.

Stay tuned!