Can an Equitable Estoppel Defense Win the Day in Intellectual Property Infringement Cases
This blog post will be the first of a series dealing with this subject. In completing my LLC (Master of Laws) in International Business Transactions at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, I spent the last 4 1/2 months studying the subject of Intellectual Property rights in an International Business Transactions setting. This series of blogs will be about the International Trade Commission’s treatment of four affirmative defenses over the last ten years: Collateral estoppel, waiver, laches, and acquiesces. The author’s method of research involved reviewing a sampling of 85 International Trade Commission (ITC) decisions issued since January 1, 2005. Most of these cases involved hundreds of filings and some were filed by Fortune 100 companies. What this blog will deal with are the affirmative defenses raised in these cases, the elements of those defenses, and the Administrative Law Judges’ (ALJs’) treatment of those defenses.