After the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) barred General Protecht Group, Inc. (GPG) from importing some of its electrical components because of alleged patent infringements, the attorneys at Sutherland came on board and launched a successful appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The appeals court ruled that the ITC erred in finding that the components infringed one or more patents held by Pass & Seymour, Inc.
The case began in 2006, when U.S.-based Pass & Seymour asked the ITC to investigate alleged patent infringement on components manufactured by several Chinese companies, including GPG. An administrative law judge issued an initial determination in favor of Pass & Seymour in 2008. GPG then hired Sutherland to take up the case. Sutherland convinced the ITC to modify some of the findings, but the commission kept the ban in place. In the appeal, Sutherland attorneys successfully argued that GPG’s components did not infringe on any patents, allowing GPG to import the components once again.