According to a news source, 30 percent fewer intellectual property cases were filed before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in fiscal year (FY) 2012 than were filed in FY2011. Just 48 cases were apparently filed in FY2012, while 70 cases, a record, were filed in FY2011. ITC administers section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 under which U.S. companies can sue, among other matters, for unfair methods of competition from importers that infringe a valid and enforceable U.S. patent, or registered copyright or trademark. As noted in Issue 10 of this Bulletin, the pharmaceutical sector rarely chooses this forum for its disputes. And, not surprisingly, commentators attribute the drop in IP-related cases before the ITC to changes in the “smartphone patent wars” that have pitted domestic interests against foreign phone makers in a variety of forums. See The Blog of Legal Times, October 5, 2012.