337 action

A type of administrative litigation which occurs before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).  Under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1337), the ITC is empowered to prohibit the importation of products that infringe a valid and enforceable U.S. patent.  337 actions can be invoked by any domestic industry, including firms that merely license patents.

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