July 20, 2016 Articles

Using Section 337 to Reduce Unfair Competition Once and for All

No more whack-a-mole.

By Steven E. Adkins

Assume that your company operates in an area of cutting-edge and highly profitable technology. The company has done all the right things to grow its business and protect the fruits of its investment in research and development. Using trade secrets, patents, or a combination of both, the company has prudently protected its hard-earned inventions and processes. In fact, the company has done so well that many competitors at home and abroad want in on the action. Through loss of employees, trade secrets have been carried to new competitors. Or some companies have treated your patents as recipes for their success (without the bother and expense of research and development). There are so many competing companies importing products that you cannot even identify all the sources. What can you do?

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