International Trade

  • January 11, 2013

    Motorola Asks ITC To Review Apple Win On Sensor Patent

    Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility Inc. unit on Thursday asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to review a judge's December invalidity ruling on a sensor patent Motorola claimed Apple Inc.'s iPhone infringed.

  • January 11, 2013

    Fed. Circ. Eyes Motiva's Wii Controller Patent Suit

    Motiva LLC urged a Federal Circuit panel on Friday to reverse a U.S. International Trade Commission decision that said Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s Wii system does not infringe its wireless controller patents and can continue to import the product, saying it couldn't gain traction in the industry or commercial market because of Nintendo's infringement and market presence.

  • January 11, 2013

    White House Asks ITC To Review Duty-Free Waivers

    The White House has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate whether domestic producers would be harmed if certain products from India, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, Ecuador, Russia and Georgia receive duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences.

  • January 11, 2013

    China Ex-Im Can't Get Grenada's US Funds, 2nd Circ. Told

    The island country of Grenada on Wednesday urged the Second Circuit to block China's export-import bank from using Grenadian funds held in the U.S. to pay itself back for some of the $28 million in unpaid infrastructure loans it made to the Caribbean nation.

  • January 11, 2013

    Business Groups Press For More CBP Funding, Agents

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 56 other business groups and corporations urged the federal government Thursday to provide more funds to Customs and Border Protection to alleviate slow downs at the nation's ports of entry.

  • January 10, 2013

    Wireless Co. Loses Antitrust Bid In Rival's Counterfeiting Suit

    A California federal judge overseeing computer network device maker Ubiquiti Networks Inc.'s trademark suit over purported counterfeiting by rival Kozumi USA Corp. on Thursday shot down Kozumi’s claims that Ubiquiti had violated antitrust laws by telling business partners Kozumi was a counterfeiter.

  • January 10, 2013

    Iranian Banks Using 3rd-Party Exchange Cos., US Warns

    The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control on Thursday urged U.S. banks and other financial institutions to improve their due diligence when dealing with foreign trading and exchange companies, saying Iranian banks have increasingly attempted to avoid U.S. sanctions by using these firms.

  • January 10, 2013

    SEC Closes Investigation With No Action, Deere Says

    Deere & Co. said Thursday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won't take any enforcement action after concluding a probe into the farm equipment giant, more than a year after media reports first said it faced an inquiry focused on possible violations of anti-bribery laws.

  • January 10, 2013

    Wal-Mart CEO Knew Of Bribery Claims In 2005, Lawmakers Say

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. CEO Mike Duke knew as early as 2005 about bribery allegations at the retail giant’s Mexican unit, according to emails U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers released Thursday that appeared to contradict earlier company statements regarding when Wal-Mart executives learned of the claims.

  • January 10, 2013

    Gas Cos. Near Deal For Half Of $10.3B Nabucco Pipeline

    An energy company consortium cultivating a landmark Caspian Sea gas field on Thursday preliminarily agreed to pay for the development of the proposed $10.3 billion Nabucco West pipeline, set to carry their gas to Europe, in exchange for a 50 percent stake in the project.

  • January 10, 2013

    Fed. Circ. Won't Rehear Nokia-InterDigital 3G Patent Spat

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday denied Nokia Corp.'s rehearing bid in a patent and trade dispute with InterDigital Inc., ruling that InterDigital has satisfied the Tariff Act's domestic industry requirements by offering licenses in the U.S. for use of its cellular technology patents.

  • January 10, 2013

    US Takes Indonesia To WTO Over Import Restrictions

    The U.S. lodged a formal challenge with the World Trade Organization on Thursday over Indonesian restrictions on plant and animal products that American trade regulators say discriminate against foreign goods.

  • January 10, 2013

    Gazprom, Novatek Sign Deal On LNG Joint Venture

    Russia's state-backed gas giant Gazprom OAO and Novatek OAO, the country's biggest independent producer, on Thursday officially launched a joint venture to produce liquefied natural gas on the Yamal peninsula in the Arctic.

  • January 10, 2013

    Commerce Can Look At New Info In Shrimp Duty Review

    The U.S. Department of Commerce can broaden its reconsideration of the results from a review of a dumping duty order on Chinese shrimp to examine new evidence regarding whether exporter Hilltop International provided false and incomplete information, the U.S. Court of International Trade ruled Wednesday.

  • January 10, 2013

    Senate Energy Chairman Rips DOE LNG Export Study

    The chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy & Commerce Committee on Thursday criticized the U.S. Energy Department's recently released study recommending the wider export of liquefied natural gas as "seriously flawed" and urged the agency to revise it before approving any LNG export projects.

  • January 9, 2013

    ITC Will Probe Digital Trade At Senate's Request

    Following a request last month by a U.S. Senate committee, the U.S. International Trade Commission launched two investigations Wednesday into the role of digital trade in the U.S. and global economies.

  • January 9, 2013

    Brit Gets 33 Months In Iran Missile Part Export Scheme

    A federal judge in Texas slapped a retired British businessman with a 33-month prison sentence Wednesday for helping an attempt to ship batteries used in surface-to-air missiles to Iran, marking the third defendant to face prison time in connection with the alleged scheme. 

  • January 9, 2013

    TransCanada Tapped For $5B LNG Pipeline Project

    Progress Energy Canada Ltd. has chosen energy infrastructure developer TransCanada Corp. to build, own and operate a CA$5 billion (US$5.1 billion) pipeline that will link natural gas production sites to a proposed liquefied natural gas export facility in western British Columbia, the companies said Wednesday.

  • January 9, 2013

    Deutsche Boerse To Talk Iran Sanctions Deal With US

    Deutsche Boerse AG said Wednesday that its Clearstream Banking SA unit would discuss a possible settlement with the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control, which is investigating whether Clearstream violated U.S. sanctions on Iran and could fine the company $340 million.

  • January 9, 2013

    Google Drops ITC Essential-Patent Claims Against Microsoft

    Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility Inc. on Tuesday moved to drop two patent claims against Microsoft Corp. in its fight at the U.S. International Trade Commission over Microsoft's Xbox, following the Federal Trade Commission's settlement restricting Google from seeking injunctions over standard-essential patents.