This chapter provides a roadmap of the principal data sources for the various forms of intellectual property protection. We first explain what data is available about patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other types of intellectual property, and where to find it. Then we identify and analyze data sources specifically relating to intellectual property licensing and litigation—growing areas of research by scholars and lawyers.
David L. Schwartz and Ted Sichelman
Colleen V. Chien and David L. Schwartz
Pursuant to Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, the International Trade Commission (ITC) regularly hears patent cases and provides injunctive relief from infringing imports. Several features of the ITC’s Section 337 authority make it well suited for empirical patent scholarship and policy inquiry. First, while the jurisdiction of Section 337 overlaps with that of federal courts (about 70 percent of ITC 337 cases have a district court counterpart), many of its procedures distinguish it from the district court, including faster adjudication, streamlined procedures, the lack of a jury and counterclaims, and nearly automatic injunctive relief. These characteristics support an analysis of various institutional design features on party behaviors and outcomes. Second, the longstanding overlap between the jurisdiction of the district courts and ITC provides a case study in the coordination between parallel venues litigating the same dispute, which has become more commonplace in light of the rise of inter partes review proceedings, most of which have a parallel district court filing. Finally, because the ITC’s rules require a domestic injury and the frequent grant of cease and desist orders or exclusion orders (which operate similar to district court injunctions), the ITC has come under policy scrutiny. This chapter describes the features of the ITC and the main policy and theoretical questions that have animated study of the ITC’s 337 authority, what we do and don’t know, and possible directions for future research.