September 30, 2014
News Release 14-097
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC INTRODUCES 337Info -
A NEW WAY TO RESEARCH AND TRACK
SECTION 337 INVESTIGATIONS
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today launched a new web-based tool that will help users find information about and track unfair import investigations brought under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (section 337 investigations).
337Info is an information retrieval system that contains data about USITC section 337 investigations, including:
- the unfair act(s) alleged (patent, trademark, or copyright infringement; misappropriation of trade secrets; etc.)
- the parties involved (current and historical)
- the Administrative Law Judge(s) (ALJ(s)) and USITC staff assigned (current and historical)
- the product(s) involved
- current investigation status and key dates (hearing dates, target dates, etc.)
- key dates in the procedural history (e.g., date of institution)
- disposition of the investigation as a whole and by respondent
- remedial order(s) issued
- any appeals and/or ancillary proceedings
337Info brings together information that was previously spread across the USITC website and presents it in a single, user-friendly, easy-to-navigate interface. It features a robust search capability that enables users to identify investigations of interest; track ongoing investigations, appeals, and ancillary proceedings from filing to disposition; and conduct research with ease.
337Info currently includes information about investigations instituted or otherwise initiated on or after October 1, 2008. These investigations include violation-phase, enforcement, bond forfeiture, and modification proceedings, as well as investigations following a remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The data will generally be updated within three business days of a Commission or ALJ action.
337Info is not a document repository. To view official documents filed in USITC investigations, users may use the USITC Electronic Document Information System (EDIS).
337Info will not replace current procedures related to the release of information on target dates. ALJ initial determinations will continue to be posted in the Press Room section of the USITC website on the date of release. Commission decisions on whether to review ALJ initialdeterminations and Commission final determinations will continue to be posted in the Federal Register section of the USITC website at 5 p.m. on the date of release.
Users are encouraged to visit the 337Info site and explore its features. An online tutorial and Frequently Asked Questions document will help users become familiar with the system and how to use it. The USITC also anticipates offering limited training sessions in the near future. Information will be announced when such sessions are scheduled.
The USITC, an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency, adjudicates complaints brought under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended. Section 337 declares the infringement of certain statutory intellectual property rights and other forms of unfair competition in import trade to be unlawful practices. Most section 337 investigations involve allegations of patent or registered trademark infringement. Other forms of unfair competition, such as misappropriation of trade secrets, trade dress infringement, passing off, false advertising, and false designation of origin, may also be asserted.