An initial determination recommending a general exclusion
order against counterfeit Louis Vuitton products could send
trade mark owners flocking to the International Trade
Louis Vuitton has described itself as "the first luxury
goods company to seek redress at the ITC". The company filed a
motion for summary determination of a Section 337 (intellectual
property) violation naming several respondents based in China,
and requested a general exclusion order barring all goods in
violation of eight of the company's trade marks. The trade mark
registrations at issue are for Louis Vuitton's popular Toile
Monogram Marks, which are used on the company's handbags,
luggage and accessories.
Chief Administrative Law Judge Charles Bullock granted the
request in March, saying that because a pattern of Section 337
violations has been...