Goodwin Procter Wins Significant Patent Case

Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 00:00

In recent public decisions issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Goodwin Procter LLP achieved a significant litigation victory for its client Pass & Seymour (P&S), a leading supplier of electrical wiring devices. In a 172-page initial determination, the ITC noted numerous violations of P&S's patents by the importation and sale of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) by a number of Chinese manufacturers and their U.S. distributors.

In a Recommended Determination, Judge Charneski recommended entry of a general exclusion order as a remedy for the infringement. A general exclusion order is a very powerful remedy only available in the ITC, which would exclude from importation into the U.S. any infringing GFCIs manufactured or imported either by parties to the ITC Investigation or by non-parties. Mark J. Abate of Goodwin Procter LLP's New York office served as lead counsel for P&S. George R. McGuire of Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC's Syracuse, New York, office served as co-counsel. The Goodwin Procter trial team also included attorneys Jennifer Albert, Charles Sanders, Ankur Parekh, Andrew Stein, Calvin Wingfield and Eleanor Hynes. Since 2007, Goodwin Procter has been involved in five ITC investigations.

To see the P&S news release on the ITC finding, please go to: