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is the International Trade Commission Litigation Practice Chair at Baker Botts and a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice in its Washington, D.C., office. She recently joined Baker Botts after serving as Senior Investigative Attorney at the International Trade Commission Office of Unfair Import Investigations.
In 2016, the ITC had its busiest year since 2011–which was the peak of the “smartphone wars”–in terms of new investigations instituted. In 2016, 55 complaints were filed, notably, 16 of these complaints were filed by foreign companies. The ITC had an above average settlement rate of 60%; normally the settlement rate is approximately 50%. Last year also had a slight growth in nonpatent investigations which includes antitrust, trade secret, copyright and Lanham Act violations. Despite the increased workload, the average target date was 15.8 months from institution date to final Commission opinion.