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The International Trade Commission (ITC) conducts investigations into allegations of unfair practices in import trade, as authorized by Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. In recent years, Section 337 investigations have become a favored forum for intellectual property enforcement, as filings have nearly tripled in the last five years. Most Section 337 investigations involve allegations of patent infringement. The many patent investigations relating to smartphone technology made 2013 a banner year for important ITC developments.