The ITC has proposed new rules for electronic filing of documents in Section 337 cases. The new rules would require electronic filing of most documents, and significantly, permit for the first time electronic filing of documents that contain confidential business information protected from public disclosure by protective order.
Under the new proposed rules nearly all documents would be filed electronically in pdf format. The filing deadline will remain at 5:15 pm on the day a document is due. Two paper copies of the document will be due to the ITC by noon on the next business day in circumstances when the case is pending before the Administrative Law Judge. Eight paper copies are due by noon the next day when the case is pending before the full Commission. Exhibits to Complaints must be filed on CD-ROM or DVD, and other voluminous documents may be filed on portable electronic media as authorized by the ITC Secretary.
The ITC has also published a proposed Handbook on Filing Procedures that provides detailed explanations of the proposed new rules on electronic filing. The Handbook is available on-line at www.usitc.gov. It is expected that the proposed rules will be adopted in the Fall of 2011.