In a final decision issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Goodwin Procter LLP achieved a major litigation victory for its client Pass & Seymour/Legrand (P&S), a leading supplier of electrical wiring devices. The ITC ruled that multiple China-based manufacturers and their U.S. distributors had infringed P&S patents and ordered those companies and their U.S. distributors to stop importation of infringing ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) products into the United States.
GFCI receptacles were invented and developed by P&S in 1971, and are required by building codes in kitchens and bathrooms. GFCI receptacles which are identifiable by "test" and "reset" buttons on their face, have saved thousands of lives, by reducing electrocution in homes and buildings.
P&S's Complaint was filed by Goodwin Procter in August 2007, the trial held in June 2008.The investigation included six patents and 15 respondents.Following the nine-day trial, the ITC Administrative Law Judge Carl C. Charneski noted numerous violations of P&S's patents.
Abate served as lead counsel for P&S. George R. McGuire of Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC's Syracuse, New York office served as co-counsel. The Goodwin Procter trial team also included attorneys Jennifer Albert, Charles Sanders, Ankur Parekh, Andrew Stein, Calvin Wingfield and Eleanor Hynes. Since 2007, Goodwin Procter has been involved in five ITC investigations.