Last week, C4IP Co-Chairs and former USPTO Directors Andrei Iancu and David Kappos published an opinion piece in Fortune about the U.S. International Trade Commission’s recent order prohibiting imports of some Apple Watch products.
The ITC issued the ban after finding that Apple infringed on blood-oxygen-monitoring technology invented by Masimo. Iancu and Kappos explain how this case exemplifies the importance of the ITC’s potent powers, which help to both combat patent theft and keep investment into domestic innovators high.
Unfortunately, Iancu and Kappos explain, the so-called Advancing America’s Interests Act would weaken the ITC’s powers, aiding large corporations at the expense of small inventors and foreign rivals at the expense of hard-working Americans.
“Put simply, the ITC stops patent infringement. That’s why the ITC’s ruling–and its authority–must remain intact.”