International Trade

  • March 25, 2013

    EU, Japan To Tackle Free Trade Agreement

    The European Union and Japan agreed Monday to launch talks on a free trade agreement, aiming to ease trade restrictions in two economies that combine for a third of global gross domestic product.

  • March 25, 2013

    Q&A With Thompson Hine's Kirsten Keefe

    The first really difficult disclosure I worked on involved multiple layers of pervasive violations of Customs regulations by a global consumer goods manufacturer. It was the first time I saw some remote connection between those infernal LSAT prep logic puzzles and legal analysis, says Kirsten Hoffstedt Keefe, a member of Thompson Hine LLP's international trade and customs practice group.

  • March 22, 2013

    Xbox Doesn't Violate Motorola Patent, ITC Judge Says

    Microsoft Corp. on Friday won the latest round in a patent battle over its Xbox gaming console as an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission ruled the technology did not violate a wireless patent owned by Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility Inc.

  • March 22, 2013

    CPSC Risks Alienating Industry With Litigation Strategy

    In an effort to force companies to recall potentially hazardous products, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has become more willing to wield complaints as a weapon, a shift in philosophy that attorneys say risks souring the agency’s otherwise solid relationship with industry.

  • March 22, 2013

    Force-Fed Foie Gras Suit Lacks Legal Issue, Calif. Judge Says

    A California federal judge on Friday tossed a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for allegedly violating of the Poultry Products Inspection Act by allowing the sale of force-fed foie gras, saying the scientific conclusion about the health risk should be left to the department.

  • March 22, 2013

    Gov't Seeks To Toss Chinese-Owned Co.'s Wind Farm Suit

    The Obama administration pressed a Washington federal judge Thursday to entirely dismiss a suit challenging a presidential order unwinding Ralls Corp.'s deal to to buy four Oregon wind farm projects, arguing the Chinese-owned U.S. company lacks the property interest for due process rights it claims have been violated.

  • March 22, 2013

    Mako Sues Rival Device Co. Over Robotic Surgery Patents

    Device maker Mako Surgical Corp. hit a British rival with patent infringement allegations in the U.S International Trade Commission and two federal courts Tuesday, claiming the competitor is using patented technology for computerized orthopedic surgery guidance systems.

  • March 22, 2013

    CIT Upholds Commerce's Duties On Chinese Tires

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge ruled Friday that the U.S. Department of Commerce had done enough to back a finding that Chinese tires imported by OTR Wheel Engineering Inc. were subject to countervailing and anti-dumping duties.

  • March 22, 2013

    China Continues Chemical Tariff Streak, Targeting US, Japan

    China’s Ministry of Commerce announced Friday that the Chinese government has imposed final anti-dumping duties on U.S. and Japanese imports of a chemical used in making tires and dyes, the latest in a series of tariffs China has levied on chemicals imported from abroad.

  • March 22, 2013

    Hatch Calls For IP Trade Czar, Prods Obama On Fast-Track

    Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced budget amendments Thursday that would create a new intellectual property ambassador for trade negotiations and renew so-called fast-track negotiating authority for the president.

  • March 22, 2013

    Q&A With Hughes Hubbard's Joanne Osendarp

    Adequate representation for developing and least-developed countries in both domestic cases and at the World Trade Organization is an issue that is still very current and that requires further action, says Joanne Osendarp, a partner in Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP's international trade and customs practice.

  • March 22, 2013

    Oil Group Blasts SEC Mineral Disclosure Rule In DC Circ.

    The American Petroleum Institute on Friday urged the D.C. Circuit to overturn a Dodd-Frank Act rule requiring the disclosure of payments companies make to foreign governments for natural gas resources, saying it creates a multibillion-dollar burden and requires the release of confidential business information.

  • March 21, 2013

    IP Asset Co. Seeks Ch. 11 With Up To $100M In Liabilities

    Cupertino, Calif.-based Technology Properties Ltd. LLC on Wednesday filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in California federal court, listing liabilities up to $100 million — including a nearly $1.5 million debt to a Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP predecessor.

  • March 21, 2013

    CPSC Chair Backs Consumer Database Targeted By Lawsuit

    The head of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission defended the agency's controversial consumer complaint database — the target of litigation last year — in a Wednesday interview with Law360, saying it did not appear to be hurting companies' profits.

  • March 21, 2013

    WTO Critiques Argentina Trade Policy, Transparency

    The World Trade Organization on Wednesday voiced concern over the transparency of Argentina's economic data and said the South American nation's restrictive trading policies, which have been criticized by the U.S. and other nations, may be fueling inflation.

  • March 21, 2013

    Sen. Pushes To Shield Exports From Climate Change Review

    A Republican lawmaker introduced an amendment to the Senate budget plan on Thursday morning that would prevent the federal government from using federal environmental law to block exports because of greenhouse gas emissions produced after the products leave the United States.

  • March 21, 2013

    Standard Chartered Head Retracts Iran Sanctions Remarks

    Standard Chartered PLC Chairman John W. Peace on Thursday formally apologized for inaccurate remarks he made earlier this month in which he suggested the bank had not deliberately broken U.S. sanctions on Iran and other countries, saying his comments were “at best inaccurate.”

  • March 21, 2013

    ITC Gives Green Light For Duties On Chinese Sinks

    The U.S. International Trade Commission voted unanimously Thursday that cheap, subsidized stainless steel sinks imported from China were harming American manufacturers, giving the final go-ahead for duties on the foreign products.

  • March 21, 2013

    Q&A With Fish & Richardson's Ruffin Cordell

    The U.S. International Trade Commission proceedings in the three-patent Intel v. Altima/Broadcom case were so intense and all-consuming that I think I lost 15 pounds during the three-week trial, says Ruffin Cordell, a principal with Fish & Richardson PC specializing in ITC matters, and a former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office patent examiner.

  • March 20, 2013

    US-EU Trade Talks May Start This Summer, White House Says

    President Barack Obama plans to start negotiating as early as this summer on a comprehensive trade and investment deal with the European Union that would support millions of jobs across the Atlantic and create a $5 trillion free trade zone, the White House said Wednesday.