ITC Patent Litigation: Taming the Rapids

(750 Ratings)

Produced on: August 11, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Litigating in a Section 337 investigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission may seem like a yearlong white water rafting odyssey. Both require constant vigilance and stamina, and both can toss you about and catch you off-guard. In this course, Mr. Belisle explores the landscape of Section 337 investigations, the strategic posture of participants upon institution of investigations, and managing client expectations. Mr. Belisle also discusses strategies for taming investigation rapids, particularly through the use of procedural stipulations and by leveraging procedural schedules to your tactical advantage. Throughout the discussion, Mr. Belisle provides insights into how the timing of certain scheduled exchanges among parties can affect presentation of their cases and even perhaps the final determination. 


Learning Objectives:

I.    Become familiar with the landscape of Section 337 investigations, and the Commission’s substantial experience with patented high-tech products

II.   Understand the strategic posture of participants upon the institution of a Section 337 investigation, and the importance of managing client expectations 

III.  Grasp the importance of procedural stipulations and how to use them to streamline investigations, particularly where source code may be at issue

IV.  Learn how to leverage procedural schedules to your tactical advantage


Stephen E. Belisle

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Professional Experience

Stephen E. Belisle’s practice focuses on patent and trademark litigation in the U.S. district and appellate courts, Section 337 unfair import investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission, USPTO contested proceedings, opinion work, and client counseling. He also has experience in patent prosecution, particularly in the fields of semiconductor wafer photolithography, recording devices, photocopying, printers, and photography.


Before joining Fitzpatrick, Mr. Belisle was a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger with the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Belisle also has experience in engineering and design in the fields of plastics, molding, metal forming, and dies, and in manufacturing and production processes within those fields.



  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2000
  • M.B.A., Clarkson University, 1997
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, with great distinction, Clarkson University, 1992


Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Virginia, 2000; District of Columbia, 2001; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal and Fourth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, Eastern District of Wisconsin and District of Columbia; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Professional Activities

Chair, Online Programs Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); Past Member (6 years) and Co-Chair (3 years), District of Columbia Bar's Intellectual Property Law Section's Steering Committee, and Past Vice Chair, D.C. Bar's IP Law Section's Patent Committee; Virginia State Bar; Federal Circuit Bar Association; Federal Circuit Historical Society.


Yekaterina A.

Very good substantive presentation at an intermediate course level.

Charles W.

Good Program

William D.

Informative program. Thank you.

Thomas O.

Very good substantive presentation.

Kermit L.

Nice summary of ITC process and patent issues

Dena R.

energetic lecturer, packed w content

Paige K.

I enjoyed the rafting analogy.

Ana M. M.


John P.

Excellent course

George K.

Nice course for an overview.

John H.

Good program

Adam C.

Great materials and presentation - learned a lot!

Richard D.

The slides were outstanding. Would recommend. A great primer on the 337 action.

Jonathan K.

Probably the best Lawline CLE program I have ever taken. Chock full of good tips and strategies.

Kathryn A.

Great presentation, and great presenter. One of the best speakers thus far.

Nathaniel F.

Excellent presentation

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