October 23, 2013
News Release 13-104
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


Irving A. Williamson, Chairman of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), announced today that Margaret D. Macdonald has joined the USITC as the Director of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII).

Macdonald will direct OUII attorneys and staff and manage the office's role in the agency's section 337 investigations, which involve allegations of unfair methods of competition and unfair acts in import trade. The majority of cases brought under this law involve allegations of infringement of intellectual property rights, primarily patent rights. OUII conducts pre-institution review of complaints, advises the Commission on institution of investigations, and participates (when appropriate) as a party to the proceedings.

Prior to joining the USITC, Macdonald was a partner at the Washington, DC, law firm of Perkins Coie LLP, where she represented clients in intellectual property matters in U.S. District Court and at the USITC. She worked at Howrey LLP in Washington, DC, from 1996 to 2011, where she became a partner in 2005 in the firm's Intellectual Property practice. Throughout her career, Macdonald has represented clients in intellectual property matters in U.S. District Court and before the USITC, and she has worked with government attorneys at U.S. Customs and Border Protection on enforcement issues related to USITC remedial orders in section 337 investigations.

Macdonald holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT; a master of arts degree from the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, DC; and a juris doctor degree from the Washington College of Law at The American University.

The U.S. International Trade Commission is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices in import trade, such as patent and trademark infringement.

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