LOS ANGELES, May 10, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Musick peeler announced today that his partner Daniel J. Woods won a major victory for client MacSports at the International Trade Commission (ITC) after a long battle.
âThis victory is not only a victory for MacSports which is now free to sell its chairs without fear of reprisals, but it is also a victory for free competition because the decision did not allow GCI, the actor dominating the market for this type of president, to keep innovative competitors out of the market, âWoods said.
In October 2019, GCI Outdoor, Inc. opened an investigation at ITC where it accused one of its competitors and Musick peeler client MacSports, Inc. and others for infringing its patent on portable and foldable rocking chairs (Some foldable and portable furniture, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1178).
After lengthy pre-hearing procedures, in December 2020, ITC Administrative Law Judge Washington DC conducted a three-day hearing remotely with lawyers and witnesses from across the country. After the post-hearing briefing, in February 2021, the administrative judge rendered a 300-page decision in which he concluded that the MacSports chairs did not infringe the GCI patent. Mr. Woods’ devastating cross-examination of GCI’s expert witness was central to this conclusion.
GCI then asked the entire ITC to review and overturn the administrative judge’s decision and Mr. Woods opposed that request on behalf of MacSports. At May 6, 2021, the ITC issued its decision upholding the finding that the MacSports chairs did not infringe the patent and terminated the investigation.
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