Patent Litigation in the ITC
Carl Charneski (former ALJ), Mark Abate, and Maureen Browne

[onethird] About Carl Charneski













About Mark Abate, Partner, Goodwin-Procter










About Maureen Brown, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP




As a former Administrative Law Judge at the International Trade Commission (lTC), Carl Charneski’s practice focuses on international trade and litigation matters, with an emphasis on representing clients in Section 337 investigations before the lTC. He also advises clients on litigation strategies before the United States District Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. ln addition, Mr. Charneski adds depth and knowledge to the firm’s green technology practice group, having previously served as an Administrative Law Judge at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Counsel to the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission.

While at the lTC, Mr. Charneski managed litigation, presided over evidentiary hearings, and issued initial determinations in the agency’s investigations involving unfair practices in import trade, as well as recommended determinations on remedies. These investigations most often involved allegations of patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, as well as trade secret misappropriation, affecting a wide range of high-tech industries, including flash memory, GPS, semiconductors, digital TVs, digital cameras, smartphones, tablet technology, wind turbines and ground fault circuit interrupters.




Mark Abate is a partner in the law firm of Goodwin Procter and is a member of its Patent Litigation Practice. He recently completed a term as President of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and is currently the President-Elect of the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association. He has been continually recognized by Chambers USA, Who’s Who in American Law and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the nation’s foremost patent lawyers. The Chambers USA; America’s Leading Lawyers for Business provides Mr. Abate is “a true gentleman and a fantastic trial lawyer” and “is sought after for his lengthy experience before the ITC.” He concentrates his practice on trials and appeals of patent infringement cases, and has particular expertise in electronics, electrical devices, computers, computer software, financial systems and medical devices. Mr. Abate has tried cases to their successful conclusions in U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission and has argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He began his career as a law clerk for Chief Judge Howard T. Markey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Maureen Browne is a partner in the firm’s Washington office and her practice areas include intellectual property litigation, commercial law, customs, international trade regulation and unfair competition, with a focus on Section 337 litigation.  She also spent eight years handling complex class-action, toxic tort and product liability matters.

  • Represented Ben-Q, a major Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, before Customs and CIT in appeal of imposition of duties.
  • Successfully represented Korea Kumho Petrochemical Company (KKPC) in Section 337 action regarding rubber antidegradants.
  • Successfully represented Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. and its related entities in Section 337 action regarding erythropoietin (EPO).
  • Represented Q-Med Aktiebolag, the manufacturer of the dermal filler Restylane (R), and US distributors Medicis and McKesson, in Section 337 action successfully resulting in withdrawal of complaint.
  • Represented domestic complainant in Section 337 action pertaining to microlithographic machinery resulting in favorable settlement.


  • Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers, International Trade/IP – Section 337 (2009-2013)
  • Chambers Global, International Trade – Intellectual Property (Section 337) (US) (2012)
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012)
  • Legal 500 US, Recognized for Patent Litigation – International Trade Commission (2012)