International Trade

  • August 24, 2011

    Appeal Of Hollywood Producers' FCPA Sentences Dropped

    Federal prosecutors on Monday dropped their appeals of six-month prison sentences handed to husband-and-wife Hollywood producers Gerald and Patricia Green, who were convicted of bribing a Thai official for film festival contracts.

  • August 24, 2011

    GM Says Commerce Ignoring ITC Ball Bearing Duties Order

    General Motors Co. said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Commerce has stubbornly refused to comply with the U.S. International Trade Commission's order revoking anti-dumping duties on ball bearing imports from the U.K. and Japan.

  • August 24, 2011

    Apple Wins Dutch Ban On Samsung Smartphone Sales

    A Dutch court granted Apple Inc. a preliminary injunction Wednesday barring Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. from selling three models of its popular Galaxy smartphone in a number of European countries amid a tricontinental patent battle between the two technology giants.

  • August 24, 2011

    Google To Pay $500M To End Canadian Drug Ad Probe

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday unveiled a $500 million settlement with Google Inc. in an investigation into Canadian pharmacies that illegally import prescription drugs and target U.S. customers through the Internet giant's AdWords marketing program.

  • August 24, 2011

    China Vows To Fight WTO Raw Materials Ruling

    China vowed Wednesday to appeal a recent World Trade Organization ruling that the country's restrictions on the export of certain raw materials — which it says are meant to conserve scarce resources and limit pollution — violate international trade agreements.

  • August 23, 2011

    Commerce Partially Halts S. Korean Steel Pipe Reviews

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday announced a partial rescission of anti-dumping reviews on multiple South Korean steel companies related to circular welded nonalloy steel pipe, after two domestic steel makers rescinded their requests for review.

  • August 23, 2011

    AT&T, Best Buy Argue AUO Flat-Panel Patents Invalid

    AT&T Inc. and Best Buy Co. Inc. argued Monday that six patents for flat-screen technology that AU Optronics Corp. has asserted in a U.S. International Trade Commission case are invalid.

  • August 23, 2011

    Australian Trade Minister Slams Palm Oil Labeling Bill

    An Australian bill seeking to mandate the labeling of palm oil in food would breach the country’s obligations under the World Trade Organization and stick businesses with $150 million in compliance costs, according to the country’s minister for trade on Tuesday.

  • August 23, 2011

    Enviros Seek FDA Action On Petition To Ban BPA

    An environmental group hit the U.S. government with a suit Friday in New York federal court, seeking to force action on a 3-year-old petition to ban the chemical bisphenol A from food packaging.

  • August 23, 2011

    Masimo Targets Philips In Latest Blood Device IP Suit

    Masimo Corp. sued Philips Electronics North America Corp. on Friday in Delaware seeking to stop the electronics giant from importing and selling medical monitors that allegedly infringe its patent for measuring blood oxygen levels, the latest in a long-running dispute.

  • August 22, 2011

    6 Ways To Fight Counterfeiting In China

    While counterfeiting remains a rampant problem in China, the Chinese government is becoming more responsive to complaints and U.S. companies have a number of legal tools at their disposal to enforce their intellectual property rights, attorneys say. Here are six ways for U.S. companies to wage an attack against counterfeiting in China.

  • August 22, 2011

    Osram Sues LG, Samsung In S. Korea Over LED Patents

    Siemens AG lighting unit Osram said Monday that it had sued units of LG Group and Samsung Group for allegedly infringing patents for light-emitting diode lights, escalating an ongoing intellectual property fight between the rivals.

  • August 22, 2011

    Syngenta Corn Seed Subject To Bunge False Ads: Suit

    Agriculture powerhouse Syngenta AG sued grain exporter Bunge North America Inc. in Iowa federal court Monday, alleging that it misrepresented Syngenta’s genetically modified corn as unapproved for major U.S. export markets.

  • August 22, 2011

    Fox Rothschild Absorbs Chan Law Group In Los Angeles

    Fox Rothschild LLP said Monday that it had absorbed intellectual property and business firm Chan Law Group LLP, bringing veteran IP and international trade attorney Thomas Chan into the fold at its Los Angeles office.

  • August 22, 2011

    Del Monte Fights FDA Limit On Cantaloupe Imports

    Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc. sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday in Maryland, arguing the agency unfairly restricted its imports from a major Guatemalan supplier without proof that salmonella-contaminated cantaloupes originated there.

  • August 22, 2011

    Motorola, Microsoft Train Fire On Experts At ITC Trial

    Proceedings in Microsoft Corp.'s U.S. International Trade Commission patent case against Motorola Solutions Inc. over smartphone technology kicked off Monday with attorneys pressing expert witnesses on separating prior art from claimed innovations.

  • August 19, 2011

    US Seeks Comments On Saw Blade Duties Feud With China

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Friday that it was seeking comments from the public after China asked the World Trade Organization last month to review the U.S.’ use of zeroing to calculate dumping duties on exports of saw blades.

  • August 19, 2011

    Motorola, Microsoft IP War Kicks Off At ITC

    A U.S. International Trade Commission hearing is set to begin Monday on Microsoft Corp.'s allegations that Android-based mobile devices imported by Motorola Mobility Inc. infringe nine of its patents for smartphone functions such as email.

  • August 19, 2011

    ITC Nixes Bid To Invalidate Schweitzer Cigarette IP

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge on Thursday shot down a bid by Astra Tobacco Corp. and other respondents seeking to invalidate one of two patents Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc. asserts are infringed by their self-extinguishing cigarette paper wrappers.

  • August 19, 2011

    Union Pacific, CBP Strike $50M Deal Over Drug Fines

    Union Pacific Railroad Co. on Friday agreed to spend $50 million to improve supply chain security between the U.S. and Mexico in exchange for U.S. Customs and Border Protection dropping more than $500 million in fines over drug smuggling on trains.