International Trade

  • November 18, 2010

    Senate Moves To Prohibit Asian Carp Imports

    The U.S. Senate has approved legislation that would add an invasive Asian carp species that has ferociously spread across most of the Mississippi River watershed to a list of injurious wildlife that are prohibited from being imported into the United States.

  • November 18, 2010

    Sex Toy Co., Spencer Gifts End Fleshlight ITC Fight

    Interactive Life Forms LLC has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to drop Spencer Gifts LLC and two others from its probe into alleged infringement of two patents covering a male sex toy, saying the companies had agreed not to import infringing products.

  • November 17, 2010

    ITC Upholds Invalidation Of Cognex Machine Patents

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has affirmed an administrative law judge's ruling that Cognex Corp.’s two machine vision software patents asserted against MVTec Software GmbH and others were invalid because they were not patent-eligible.

  • November 17, 2010

    DOC Finalizes Duties On Chinese, Indonesian Paper

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday finalized anti-dumping and countervailing duties on certain types of coated paper from China and Indonesia, tweaking some of its initial duty determinations that had included calculation errors.

  • November 17, 2010

    FCPA Self-Reporting Still A Tough Sell

    The head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division may have come down hard on companies in his comments Tuesday about heightened foreign bribery prosecutions, but the stern warnings still aren't enough to compel businesses to come forward, experts say.

  • November 17, 2010

    Packaging Co. Wants Reduced Glass Container Duty

    A Florida packaging distributor is fighting to reduce a 38 percent duty it received on two shipments of glass containers, claiming that U.S. Customs and Border Protection misclassified the imports and should have applied a lower rate.

  • November 17, 2010

    ITC Denies Spansion's Bilski Challenge In 337 Probe

    A federal judge has denied Spansion Inc.'s attempt to invalidate the claims of a flash memory patent assigned to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. at the center of a U.S. International Trade Commission investigation.

  • November 17, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Nixes LSI Bid To Revive Semiconductor IP

    A federal appeals court has dismissed as moot LSI Corp.'s appeal of a U.S. International Trade Commission decision that a semiconductor patent was invalid in light of prior art, ruling that the patent-in-suit expired in July.

  • November 17, 2010

    Canada To Alter Foreign Takeover Rules After BHP Row

    Lawmakers in Canada have voted to revamp the country's review process for foreign investment after a $38.6 billion hostile takeover bid by Australia-based BHP Billiton Ltd. for Canadian fertilizer giant Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. went down in flames amid widespread opposition.

  • November 17, 2010

    GOP Defection Endangers US, Russia Arms Treaty

    A leading Republican Senate voice on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia has told the Obama administration it would be unwise to bring the treaty up for a vote during the current lame-duck session, possibly dooming the treaty’s chances of speedy passage.

  • November 17, 2010

    UNM, Taiwan Firm Resolve Semiconductor 337 Probe

    A nonprofit group affiliated with the University of New Mexico has settled infringement allegations against a Taiwanese semiconductor firm, the last respondent left in a Section 337 probe over patents for lithographic methods used in semiconductor manufacture.

  • November 17, 2010

    Senate Moves Food Safety Law Closer To Finish Line

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday agreed to move forward with the final debate on legislation aimed at tightening regulatory controls on both domestic and foreign food supplies, hoping to finish up work this week on the first comprehensive overhaul of food safety law in more than 70 years.

  • November 16, 2010

    Web Clampdowns Violate WTO Rules: Google

    Google Inc. has lashed out at China, Turkey and others for restricting access to the Internet, saying the constraints hamper free trade and economic vitality and could run afoul of World Trade Organization rules.

  • November 16, 2010

    Alleged Military Smuggler Balks At Gov't Evidence

    Attorneys for alleged military hardware smuggler Chan Hok Shek are fighting to exclude from trial "irrelevant" evidence and government expert testimony they claim would unreasonably harm the defendant's case.

  • November 16, 2010

    US, Others Finalize Global Anti-Counterfeiting Pact

    The United States, the European Union and 35 other nations on Monday concluded the final draft of an agreement aimed at curbing the proliferation of fake and pirated goods flooding across national borders and damaging companies’ bottom lines.

  • November 16, 2010

    DOJ Blasts Terra Exec's Spoliation Claim In FCPA Suit

    Prosecutors have fired back at a former Terra Telecommunications Corp. president's bid to have the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case against him tossed because of the destruction of documents in the course of the company's bankruptcy.

  • November 16, 2010

    ITC Justifies Chinese Water Treatment Chemical Duties

    The expiration of anti-dumping duties on potassium permanganate from China would seriously harm the domestic industry, the U.S. International Trade Commission has found, detailing its decision to keep a 129 percent duty on the water treatment chemical.

  • November 16, 2010

    Canada, India Launch Free Trade Negotiations

    Canada and India began negotiations to set up a free trade agreement Tuesday in a bid to increase bilateral trade and boost both countries' economies.

  • November 15, 2010

    Asahi Seiko Loses Ball Bearing Duty Challenge

    Japanese manufacturer and exporter Asahi Seiko Co. Ltd. has lost a bid for judgment on the agency record in its dispute with the U.S. government over anti-dumping duty orders on ball bearings and why the company was not selected as a mandatory respondent in an administrative review.

  • November 15, 2010

    ITA Begins Probe Of Chinese Wood Flooring

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has begun an investigation into whether Chinese companies are selling unfairly cheap wood flooring in the U.S., setting a deadline of August 2011 for its completion.