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October 6, 2009

Blow Job

GE blew Mitsubishi into the ITC for infringing wind turbine patents 5,083,039; 6,921,985; and 7,321,221. Mitsubishi was initially found in violation for '039 and '985. Then the political breeze blew in. ITC's Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII), assigned to represent the public interest, disagreed with the initial finding. The OUII petitioned the full commission to blow the matter away. Now two Senators are breaking wind over it. Sens. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore, with vested interests in wind power, are urging an airing out by the ITC. A Mitsubishi wind turbine complex is installed in Oregon. A wedge issue is whether GE met the requirement of practicing the claimed inventions domestically. It doesn't take a weatherman to know which way this wind blows.

Posted by Patent Hawk at October 6, 2009 12:42 AM | ITC


Some say ITC stands for International Trade CIRCUS!!

Some also say the ITC is definitely a politically driven as opposed to justice driven body which also thrives on SANCTIONS AND SANCTIONING ANY NOUN I.E. PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS.

Posted by: Ray Galasso at October 7, 2009 3:21 PM

Sometimes it does seem like politics makes the world go 'round. Apparently its influence reaches far into the world of patent litigation. Though the outcome may appear pre-determined, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Please keep us posted.

Posted by: Gena777 at October 12, 2009 3:56 AM

Sounds like the ITC can blow more than just hot air... sometimes it's amazing how obvious political decisions can overcome a just result... assuming the facts of the blog post are correct.

Posted by: Michael Feigin, Patent Attorney at October 12, 2009 6:13 AM

Is patent hawk on vacation?

Posted by: john Prosecutor at October 21, 2009 4:32 AM

Hawk's writing a book.

Rumor has it that the book has something to do with the Pope.

Posted by: Noise above Law at October 21, 2009 5:02 AM

Keep calm everybody. Keep calm. Hawk is merely on the crapper trying to come up with the next post.

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Posted by: Veritas at October 21, 2009 8:38 AM

Hawk what's happenin in ur lawlsuit? Did you make millions yet?

Posted by: 6000 at October 23, 2009 3:14 PM

It will end up as nothing. I don't see any future for ITC in it.

Posted by: spiele at October 26, 2009 2:40 AM

Anybody seen Hawk?

How will we know if he is dead? There is a rumor that Microsoft is a front for Mossad. Or is it the other way around?

Posted by: Veritas at November 2, 2009 8:14 AM