The Federal Circuit issued a writ of mandamus today. The writ requires the district court to stay its proceedings in a patent infringement case until the International Trade Commission completes its work regarding a possible ban on importation of foreign products that infringe the same six patents. The court ordered, under 28 U.S.C. 1659, a stay of the district court lawsuit pending the outcome of the ITC matter, including any appeals. In re Princo Corp. , Misc. No. 841 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 1, 2007).
The underlying dispute concerns compact disk technology. The ITC issued an exclusion order will take effect on April 6, 2007, when the 60-day period for presidential review runs out.