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Paul Bartkowski

Managing Member

Bartkowski PLLC

Paul Bartkowski is the Managing Partner of Bartkowski PLLC, where his practice focuses on Section 337 litigation before the International Trade Commission. A registered patent attorney, Paul combines technical knowledge with vast experience in Section 337 litigation to give clients the legal advice they need to achieve their goals.

Paul began his career at Fulbright & Jaworski, now Norton Rose Fulbright, where his practice focused on patent litigation in district courts. Paul then served as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. International Trade Commission, where he represented the Commission in multiple appeals of Commission cases before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and participated in Commission decision-making. After gaining that valuable experience, Paul re-entered private practice by joining the ITC boutique Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, where he focused his practice on patent litigation at the ITC and related matters.

Over his nearly 15 years of experience in Section 337 litigation, Paul has been involved in many of the Commission’s high-profile cases. Paul also specializes in advising clients, both during and after cases, regarding the effect of ITC remedial orders, including exclusion orders and cease-and-desist orders. Paul has participated in multiple inter partes proceedings before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which are conducted to determine whether imported goods are subject to Commission exclusion orders. Paul has also participated in enforcement proceedings, advisory opinion requests, and modification proceedings at the Commission. Paul’s intimate understanding of the various proceedings available to both patentees and potential importers allows him to analyze clients’ options to determine the best legal path to achieve their goals.

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What to Know About Adjudicating Redesigns Before and After ITC Determinations

Investigations brought under 19 U.S.C. § 1337, commonly known as “Section 337” cases, at the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) have become a go-to enforcement option for patent owners seeking fast, injunction-type relief against infringing imports. It is well known that the ITC issues powerful remedial orders, including (1) exclusion orders, which order United States Customs and Border Protection (Customs or CBP) to exclude infringing imports imported by Respondents or, in some cases, third parties, and (2) cease-and-desist orders, which order Respondents not to import or sell infringing, imported products in the United States. Because ITC remedial orders are broadly written to cover even unadjudicated products that infringe the subject patents, and because such orders are only prospective in nature, it is critical for ITC litigants and their attorneys to understand the available procedures to adjudicate redesigned products.

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