As the International Trade Commission becomes an increasingly popular venue, large law firms have been seeking out attorneys with experience before the commission. DLA Piper, Blank Rome, Holland & Knight and Polsinelli are among those building out their ITC practices with new hires this year.

IP partners are also reporting that their law firms are taking on more cases before the ITC, as it becomes an increasingly preferred venue when it comes to enforcing a patent against an accused infringer. In some cases, a case before the ITC could require additional staffing compared with the federal district court—potentially allowing law firms to generate more revenue from their IP practice in a shorter period of time.