The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has appointed Arti K. Rai, a patent professor at Duke University School of Law and former Harvard Law School classmate of President Barack Obama, to serve as a key policy adviser to agency director David Kappos and provide guidance on intellectual property issues for trade agreements.
The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to open an investigation into whether two Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. units have infringed Japan-based Ricoh Co. Ltd.’s patents covering multifunction printers and components.
A federal judge has barred certain defenses, including the first sale doctrine, from being raised in an upcoming jury trial in publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc.'s suit accusing an individual of unlawfully importing and reselling textbooks in violation of various intellectual property and competition laws.
A U.S. Court of International Trade judge has denied a motion by Ford Motor Co. to preliminarily enjoin the U.S. from continuing to review and liquidate outdated drawback claims the carmaker insists have already been liquidated.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued a preliminary determination in its anti-dumping duty investigation into plastic bag imports from Taiwan, finding that Taiwanese exporters have been selling the product in the U.S. at far less than fair market value.
One of the biggest issues for clients now is the fact that the United States considers China a "nonmarket economy" for purposes of calculating anti-dumping duty margins, says Mark S. Zolno, founder and chairman of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s customs and international trade practice.
A Canadian manufacturer of fasteners has sued the federal government, claiming that the U.S. government misclassified its imports of self-tapping steel screws and wrongly assigned the goods a higher duty rate.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has raised countervailing duties against Chinese welded pipe exporters, having determined on remand that it erred in its calculation of duties against Huludao Steel Pipe Industrial Co. Ltd. and several affiliates.
The end of the U.S. embargo against Cuba will create a host of trade opportunities and challenges for American companies, but whether the decades-long trade restrictions will be lifted anytime soon is open to debate, lawyers say.
The U.S. Court of International Trade has remanded for a second time a U.S. Department of Commerce decision on alleged dumping of steel pipe products from Taiwan, saying the agency failed to adequately address why it excluded an adjustment for imputed costs.
Following a complaint by Safe Skies LLC, the U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to launch an investigation into whether 20 Asian and European companies have broken the law by importing airport security-friendly luggage locks that allegedly infringe two patents.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is appealing a bankruptcy judge's decision to stay an infringement complaint the electronics giant filed against bankrupt Spansion Inc. in the U.S. International Trade Commission.
China’s Ministry of Commerce has imposed new tariffs on nylon 6, or polycaprolactam, from the U.S., European Union, Russia and Taiwan, continuing what some consider to be retaliatory tariffs stemming from the U.S.’ recent decision to impose tariffs on Chinese tire imports.
Key trading nations have agreed on a new plan for concluding the long-stalled Doha Development Round talks, but World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy says negotiators must pick up the pace significantly if they want to meet their goal of wrapping things up in 2010.
A group of U.S. shrimp producers has asked a federal judge to postpone the collection of lowered anti-dumping duties levied on frozen warmwater shrimp imported from Thailand until after litigation protesting the duties is resolved.
Several importers of steel fasteners from China and Taiwan have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce to limit the scope of their investigation into possible import duties, saying petitioner Nucor Corp. claimed injury to items it does not even manufacture.
The tires at issue in the much-discussed Section 421 safeguard case are not the only Chinese-made tires making waves in the international trade community these days. Tires are also at the center of a recent ruling that could change the way anti-dumping and countervailing duties are calculated on exports from nonmarket economy countries.
With counterfeit imports costing businesses as much as $1 trillion each year and regulatory uncertainty slowing cross-border traffic, a panel of trade authorities has urged the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to give U.S. customs agents new tools to promote trade facilitation and enforcement.
Americans tend to be impatient and are generally driven by arbitrary deadlines that cause them to lose focus on what makes a successful overseas transaction. This tends to frustrate Americans and discourage them from making commitments to foreign business. It also tends to offend foreign companies, who typically have a more patient approach to business, says Richard J. Paul, a partner in Hiscock & Barclay LLP's international business practice group.
Cake decorating equipment and bakeware company Wilton Industries Inc. is reviving several long-dormant import tariff disputes after a federal appeals court issued a favorable ruling for the company in a similar case against the government two years ago.