Crowell & Moring LLP Wednesday welcomed the return of its former intellectual property partner Teresa Rea, who recently ended a three-year gig as deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to take on a new dual role involving IP and international trade work.
Munger Tolles & Olson LLP said Tuesday it has beefed up its privacy and data security, investigations and trade and cross-border disputes practice areas with the addition of the last U.S. ambassador to Australia, who returned to the firm after four years abroad.
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC has nabbed a Vanderbilt University-trained tax lawyer and certified public accountant, who counts international law and commercial transactions among his specialties, to bolster the firm's business and tax practices, it said Thursday.
Greenberg Traurig LLP expanded its growing intellectual property and technology practice in Washington, D.C., with the addition of three former Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP partners with experience in patent litigation and international trade matters, the firm announced Monday.
The head of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration will step down on Thursday, more than three years after taking the post and a little more than two months after announcing he would resign to reenter the private sector.
An attorney with the Democratic staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee has joined the Senate Finance Committee, where he will serve as an international trade counsel focusing on trade adjustment assistance, customs and other trade issues, committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., announced Monday.
Brown Rudnick LLP has enlisted a K&L Gates LLP attorney with expertise advising clients on cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and private equity matters, to chair its new Latin American practice from the firm’s Boston and New York offices, it announced Tuesday.
As it negotiates a potential free trade deal with Europe, the U.S. should seek to streamline regulations, maintain strong intellectual property protections and combat barriers that restrict agricultural exports, representatives from the U.S. shipping, agriculture and pharmaceutical industries told a Senate panel Wednesday.
A top attorney at the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body Secretariat has jumped to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s international trade practice in Geneva, the firm announced Monday.
Nancy Nord, a commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission who is wrapping up her eight-year tenure on Friday, told Law360 that she worries the agency's increasingly combative relationship with industry could devolve to the point that the CPSC is forced to rely on litigation to secure recalls.
The chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission announced Wednesday that a longtime ITC attorney and former official in the U.S. Trade Representative's office has been named as the agency's new general counsel.
The U.S. International Trade Commission has placed a former Perkins Coie LLP partner at the helm of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations, which represents the public's interest in ITC patent infringement cases where the allegedly infringing products could be banned in the U.S., according to an announcement Wednesday.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP said Thursday that it had expanded its international regulation and compliance team in London by picking up a former BHP Billiton Ltd. attorney who helped manage the mining giant’s global anti-corruption and trade compliance programs.
The White House said Friday that it plans to nominate two private sector executives to serve in a top trade post and as general counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
President Barack Obama tapped Catherine Anne Novelli, an Apple Inc. executive and former partner of Mayer Brown LLP, on Tuesday for a State Department post that oversees U.S. economic growth and policies on energy and the environment.
Brazil's Roberto Azevedo took over Sunday as the new head of the World Trade Organization, replacing former Director-General Pascal Lamy and saying that the next few months represent a critical juncture for the future of global trade.
Baker Botts LLP has strengthened its Brussels office with the addition of one of the European Union's most prominent competition and international trade litigators, the firm announced Tuesday.
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has bolstered its global business team by adding a seasoned attorney to advise companies on global trade and commerce issues, the firm announced Wednesday.
Winston & Strawn LLP has begun forming a team of new attorneys specializing in patent infringement suits before the U.S. International Trade Commission, with the addition Tuesday of four former Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP lawyers to its intellectual property practice.
The U.S. Senate has confirmed a George Washington University Law School professor to the U.S. International Trade Commission, an academic specializing in the nation's intellectual property laws.
The time to be concerned about dealing with an international arbitration begins well before a claim is filed — during the contract-drafting stage. At that point, critical decisions that may have serious consequences on the outcome of the arbitration are made, says Oleg Rivkin of Carlton Fields PA.
Had the U.S. International Trade Commission's pilot program been applied in 2007, and had each case through 2011 been subject to early resolution on domestic industry, importation or standing, the agency could have saved a considerable amount of time, effort and money by fully resolving eight cases, saving an average of 286 days per investigation, says Andrew Clarke of ARPC.
In light of the proposed e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, businesses need to set themselves up to efficiently respond to discovery and requests for information from their counsel by implementing and following document-control policies as part of normal business practices. The failure to do so will eventually consume vast amounts of employee time, say Steven Cvitanovic and Colin Murphy of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
The benefits of foreign revenues are clear, but international expansion also carries some significant risks. Companies that understand the complex anti-corruption and export control laws, especially where they intersect with one another, and plan ahead for compliance will position themselves for long-term success, say Scott Maberry and Mark Jensen of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has generally not concerned itself with improper conduct involving embargoed countries. But the SEC’s complaint in the recent Weatherford International Ltd. case suggests that the agency takes the position that inaccurate accounting of transactions with embargoed countries can result in violations of the Exchange Act, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
The European Commission’s recent proposal to establish a common definition of "trade secrets" and set of remedies in all 28 EU members states is likely to increase confidence that this element of intellectual property policy can be addressed effectively in the trade agreement currently in negotiation between the EU and U.S., say Jan-Diederik Lindemans and Mark Klapow of Crowell & Moring LLP.
The next few days of the Bali trade ministerial may very well determine whether the World Trade Organization can re-establish its relevance to the global trading system in addressing the rules of the evolving trading environment. Meanwhile, there has been an unfortunate erosion of transparency at the WTO, which is particularly problematic at this critical juncture, says Terence Stewart of the Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart.
While there are valid reasons to consider using an escrow service in certain international trade transactions, exporters should be aware of some of the risks involved. Most importantly, exporters must understand a few key differences between escrow services and letters of credit, says Jacob Manning of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
Because Latin American countries differ substantially from one another, there is no effective one-size-fits-all approach to anti-corruption compliance in the region. That said, companies doing business in the region should be aware of a number of recurring compliance concerns that may lead to an increased risk of violating the FCPA or other applicable anti-bribery laws, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
In many instances, the very businesses still facing time and budgetary constraints that hamper employee understanding of compliance must now add a new layer of comprehension in 2014. The stage is set for a banner enforcement year for regulatory bodies worldwide, says Veta Richardson, president and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel.