"The U.S. International Trade Commission Beyond the Smart Phone Wars: Retail & Consumer Goods," New York State Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, Retail and Consumer Goods Webinar, October 2015.

Please join Kilpatrick Townsend's Retail and Consumer Goods Team and the New York State Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Section, Litigation Committee for this 1 hour webinar.

The Smart Phone Wars drove the U.S. International Trade Commission to record levels of activity through 2011. As those conflicts quiet, other industries have brought their issues to the steps of the ITC for adjudication, particularly retail and consumer goods companies seeking to counter knock-offs and protect market share. Non-practicing entities—“trolls”—have also targeted retail and consumer goods at the ITC, seeking to monetize intellectual property rights. Products ranging from faded denim to basketball sneakers are now on trial at the ITC. We will start with a brief landscape of the ITC as a unique venue, then explore these newest ITC litigations, and discuss strategies and options relative to district court litigation for companies seeking offensive or defensive advantages at the ITC.

Topics to be Discussed:
• ITC Overview - Comparing & contrasting U.S. District Court litigation
• Patented Retail & Consumer Goods at the ITC - Crocs, Levis, Beats, Canon, L'Oreal, and Jawbone in the ITC
• Trademarks & Copyright at the ITC - Clorox, Converse, Lego in the ITC

Jeffrey Hsu
Supervisory Attorney, Office of Unfair Imports, U.S. ITC
Jeff is one of three Supervisory Attorneys with the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations. He has represented the public interest in hundreds of ITC investigations, including a number of retail & consumer goods cases.

Josh Pond
Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend
Josh is a patent litigator and strategist in Washington, D.C. He has represented dozens of complainants and respondents before the ITC, including trials for Samsung, LG, and Microsoft. Josh’s recent retail & consumer goods representations at the ITC include Levi Strauss as to their denim jeans, and Sennheiser as to their wireless headphones.

Lisa Pearson
Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend
Lisa is an experienced litigator specializing in copyright, trademark, unfair competition and Internet-related disputes. She represents clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including retail and consumer products companies.

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