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Presented by the Chemical Practice Committee Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Eastern 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Central 10:30 am – 11:30 pm Mountain.

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1 Presented by the Chemical Practice Committee Tuesday, April 29, :30 pm – 1:30 pm Eastern 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Central 10:30 am – 11:30 pm Mountain 9:30 am – 10:30 am Pacific Chemical Practice at the ITC: Top Ten Considerations 1

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3 Committee Leadership AIPLA Chemical Practice Committee Leadership Webinar Coordinator 3 Jeffrey Townes Chair LeClair Ryan Carol M Nielsen Vice Chair Nielsen IP Law, LLC Maximilienne Bishop, Ph.D. Associate Finnegan

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6 Presented by… 6 Jeffrey W. Abraham Finnegan Mareesa A. Frederick Finnegan Andrew Freistein (Moderator) Chair, Citrix Training Subcommittee Online Programs Committee Wenderoth Lind & Ponack

7 © AIPLA Chemical Practice at the ITC: Top Ten Considerations

8 8 Introduction

9 9 “Facts and Trends Regarding USITC Section 337 Investigations,” April 15, 2013 Update, available at Introduction

10 10 Chemical Practice at the ITC 1. Pace? FAST.

11 11 Time to trial: 9 months Time to resolution at Commission: 18 months Discovery: 6-8 months Percent of cases going to trial: 45% Percent of district court cases going to trial: 5% 1. FAST

12 12 2. AIA: Inter partes review may drive patentees to the ITC. Chemical Practice at the ITC

13 Inter Partes Review

14 14 / 2. Inter Partes Review

15 15 Is a stay likely in an ITC case after institution of an IPR? 2. Inter Partes Review

16 16 2. Inter Partes Review

17 17 Increasing IPR filings Risk of a stay in district court More ITC Investigations? 2. Inter Partes Review

18 18 3. Defensive use of IPR. Chemical Practice at the ITC

19 19 Not all roses for the patentee Potentially impacts expert discovery Inhibits patentee’s IPR amendments While a stay is unlikely, the patentee could amend its claims or the PTO could issue a decision within a timeframe that could significantly impact the outcome of an ITC decision. 3. Defensive use of IPR

20 20 Settlement Pressure Example? Neptune (Omega-3 Products) District court, patent #1: filed October 4, 2011, stayed pending reexam District court, patent #2: filed October 2, 2012, stayed pending reexam District court, patent #3: filed February 28, 2013, stayed pending reexam ITC: filed January 29, 2013 IPR, patent #2: filed October 1, 2013 IPR, patent #3: filed November 7, 2013 ITC: Settlement with IPR-filer, December 13, 2013 (4 days before trial) ITC: Other settlements pending 3. Defensive use of IPR

21 21 4. Products made overseas? No safe harbor. Chemical Practice at the ITC

22 22 Safe harbor provision of 271(g): No infringement of process patents if imported goods: (A) materially changed by a subsequent process, or (B) products are trivial and nonessential component of another product. 4. No Safe Harbor

23 23 Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Patent: method of making abrasive article Respondent argued that its imported products were “materially changed” and thus did not infringe. Result? Safe harbor does not apply in the ITC. Kinik Co. v. ITC, 362 F.3d 1359 (Fed. Cir. 2004). 4. No Safe Harbor

24 24 How much additional processing? Tate & Lyle Patents: (1) methods of making intermediates (2) method of recovering catalyst 4. No Safe Harbor

25 25 OK X 4. No Safe Harbor How much additional processing? Tate & Lyle Patents: (1) methods of making intermediates (2) method of recovering catalyst

26 26 5. Processes practiced in the US? Chemical Practice at the ITC

27 27 Products must infringe when imported. Inv. No. 337-TA-724. Inducing infringement in the United States not sufficient when direct infringement occurs after importation. Suprema, Inc. v. ITC, (Fed. Cir. Dec. 13, 2013). 5. No processes performed in U.S.

28 28 6. Jurisdiction: in rem. Chemical Practice at the ITC

29 29 In rem  Products Ñ Imported by or on behalf of named respondents Ñ Respondents subject to discovery, regardless of ties to the United States 6. In Rem Jurisdiction

30 30 Eli Lilly and Company Patent: method of making gemcitabine Canada United Kingdom Singapore Denmark Australia China US district court (N.D. Ill.) US district court (D. Conn.) Result? No manufacturing records 6. In Rem Jurisdicition

31 31 Eli Lilly sued in the ITC Result? Chinese manufacturer produced batch records Lilly questioned authenticity. ALJ granted Lilly’s motion for a forensic inspection (i.e., ink testing) of batch records. Inv. No. 337-TA-766, Order No In Rem Jurisdicition

32 32 7. No limits on joining unrelated respondents. Chemical Practice at the ITC

33 33 AIA restricts joinder of accused infringers to two situations: ( 1) patentee seeks relief jointly, severally, or in the alternative with respect to or arising out of the same transaction, occurrence, or series of transactions or occurrences relating to the making, using, importing into the United States, offering for sale, or selling of the same accused product or process; and (2) questions of fact common to all defendants or counterclaim defendants will arise in the action. 35 USC § 299(a). Allegation of infringement insufficient for joinder. 35 USC § 299(b). 7. AIA: Joinder

34 34 ITC has no restrictions on joining unrelated defendants Hitachi Metals sued for infringement of patents covering methods of making rare earth sintered magnets in Inv. No. 337-TA-855: 29 respondents listed in complaint 20+ settlements Withdrew complaint prior to trial 7. AIA: Joinder

35 35 8. Domestic industry: what is it? Chemical Practice at the ITC

36 36 (1) Plant and equipment (2) Labor and capital (3) Exploitation 8. Domestic Industry

37 37 Exploitation? (1) Eli Lilly Patent: making of gemcitabine DI: R&D, licensees activities Inv. No. 337-TA-766 (2) Merck Patents: use of METAFOLIN® DI: R&D, product support, packaging, products incorporating METAFOLIN® Inv. No. 337-TA Domestic Industry

38 38 Exploitation? (3) Neptune: Patent: krill extract DI: encapsulation Harvested: Antarctic Ocean Deep frozen in Uruguay Extracted in Quebec Encapsulated in US 8. Domestic Industry

39 39 How much is enough? No bright lines In Certain Kinesiotherapy Devices, the ITC concluded that domestic investments related to components amounting to 5% of product cost were sufficient. Comm’n Op., Inv. No. 337-TA Domestic Industry

40 40 9. Remedy: no eBay. Chemical Practice at the ITC

41 41 Exclusion order Essentially an injunction eBay does not apply No irreparable harm requirement No consideration of the adequacy of damages Public interest is considered Pursue damages later in district court 9. No eBay

42 Remedy: exclusion order Chemical Practice at the ITC

43 43 Limited exclusion order: block imports by named respondents General exclusion order: block imports by anyone when infringement is widespread, and it is difficult to determine the source of infringing products. Certain Kinesiotherapy Devices, Inv. No. 337-TA-823 Wide-spread infringement Difficult to identify the source of infringing goods 10. Remedies

44 44 What does an exclusion order look like? Often, specific models are not identified “Products that infringe” 10. Remedies

45 45 Inter Partes Review Process Patents Domestic Industry Remedy Conclusions

46 46 Questions

47 47 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP 901 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC Tel Fax Maximilienne Bishop – Mareesa Frederick – Jeffrey Abraham Thank you!

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49 49 These materials are public information and have been prepared solely for educational and entertainment purposes to contribute to the understanding of U.S. intellectual property law. These materials reflect only the personal views of the authors and are not a source of legal advice. It is understood that each case is fact specific, and that the appropriate solution in any case will vary. Therefore, these materials may or may not be relevant to any particular situation. Thus, the authors and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP cannot be bound either philosophically or as representatives of their various present and future clients to the comments expressed in these materials. The presentation of these materials does not establish any form of attorney-client relationship with the authors or Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP. While every attempt was made to ensure that these materials are accurate, errors or omissions may be contained therein, for which any liability is disclaimed. Disclaimer


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