Rule 11 / 337 Investigation Support
The team at Effectual Services has been supporting various US law firms in pre-filing investigations required before filing a patent infringement lawsuit, specifically Rule 11 and ITC 337 Investigations. We provide support in conducting reasonable infringement analysis prior to filing the lawsuit. The pre-filing infringement analysis is performed as a two-step process and involves both a legal and a technical part. The legal part of the analysis is claim construction. The technical part is a comparison of the alleged infringing products with the interpreted claims. We deliver claim construction charts which include both intrinsic and extrinsic evidence to support the correct interpretation.
The infringement charts include mapping of the claimed elements with the product features. For preparing infringement charts we rely on the publically available documentation as well as do physical testing / code analysis wherever required.The US International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) is an independent, quasi-judicial Federal agency that administers certain US trade laws which provide US industries with a means to prevent unfair competition from imported goods, including Section 337 violations. To prove a violation of Section 337, the complaining party must establish (1) unfair competition or an unfair act, e.g., patent infringement, (2) importation, sale for importation, or sale after importation into the United States of the accused products, and (3) the existence of a domestic industry relating to the products or IP in question. Section 337 investigations are complex and require a unique blend of litigation, administrative law, patent laws and technical skills and proceed at a very fast pace. We at Effectual Services can help in proving unfair act, e.g, patent infringement and the have required technical skills to do so.