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International Trade

  • September 3, 2009

    ITC Takes Up Lincoln’s Wire Products Patent Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into whether five foreign companies’ importation of bulk welding wire containers into the U.S. is infringing Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric Co.’s patents covering welding wire equipment.

  • September 2, 2009

    Funai Sues Customs To Keep Banned DTVs Out Of US

    Funai Electric Co. Ltd. and Funai Corporation Inc. have sued the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection to stop it from allowing certain patented digital television products into the country, alleging violation of a limited exclusion order issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • September 2, 2009

    Spansion Wins Bid To Nix Apple Contract

    Beleaguered flash memory manufacturer Spansion Inc. has won bankruptcy court approval to chuck an agreement with Apple Inc. in order to pursue a patent infringement suit against the technology giant before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • September 2, 2009

    International Trade Finance Stabilizing: Survey

    International trade finance is finally beginning to stabilize but still has a ways to go, according to a new benchmark survey conducted by the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade and the International Monetary Fund.

  • September 2, 2009

    CIT Nixes Duties On MKS Radio Generator Imports

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has handed MKS Instruments Inc. — a producer of instruments used in semiconductor manufacturing — a win in its challenge to the way the U.S. government classifies the company's imports of radio frequency generators, ruling that the imports should be duty free.

  • September 1, 2009

    CIT Blasts ITC Decision To Keep Ball Bearing Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has again remanded a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission that revoking anti-dumping duty orders on imported ball bearings would injure the domestic industry, saying the finding is unsupported by substantial evidence.

  • September 1, 2009

    Mayer Brown Nabs Simpson Thacher Deals Atty

    Mayer Brown LLP is continuing to beef up its global projects practice with the addition of an international deals attorney who spent 26 years at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • September 1, 2009

    AMICO Escapes $723M Customs Surety Bond Spat

    American Motorists Insurance Co. has been dropped from a $723 million putative class action brought by U.S. food producers accusing insurers of negligently issuing customs surety bonds and then refusing to pay up when cheap Chinese imports drove down the price of imported goods.

  • September 1, 2009

    EOS Wants US To Refund Duties On Laser Imports

    Laser machine retailer EOS of North America Inc. has sued the U.S. government, alleging that U.S. Customs and Border Protection misclassified duty rates on EOS' imported equipment and required the company to pay too much in import taxes.

  • September 1, 2009

    ITC Opens Inquiry Into Samsung Flash Memory Claim

    Another flash technology patent fight is under way between rivals Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Spansion Inc., with the U.S. International Trade Commission recently approving Samsung's request to investigate whether Spansion and others imported flash devices that violate two of its patents.

  • September 1, 2009

    ITC Claims Ruling Sticks In LG, Whirlpool Patent Case

    A patent dispute launched by Whirlpool Corp. against LG Electronics USA Inc. over refrigerators will press on, with the U.S. International Trade Commission refusing to reconsider its modification of a claims construction that resurrected the case.

  • August 31, 2009

    ITC Lifts Stay On Liquidation Of Gas Meter Swivels

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday lifted the stay on the liquidation of certain gas meter swivels and nuts after an appeals court ruled against importer Sango International LP, saying its swivels and nuts were included in the scope of an anti-dumping order.

  • August 31, 2009

    Brazil Can Sanction US Over Cotton Subsidies: WTO

    The World Trade Organization has ruled that Brazil can impose almost $295 million in trade sanctions against the U.S. in a dispute over the U.S.' allegedly illegal subsidies for its cotton farmers.

  • August 31, 2009

    Tessera Patents Found Not Infringed In DRAM Spat

    A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge has issued an initial determination finding that dynamic random access memory manufacturers including Acer Inc., Elpida Memory Inc. and Nanya Technology Corp. have not infringed three Tessera Inc. semiconductor chip packaging patents.

  • August 31, 2009

    Spansion Tells Court To Nix Deal With Apple

    Bankrupt flash memory manufacturer Spansion Inc. has pressed its bid to pursue a U.S. International Trade Commission patent infringement action against Apple Inc., even if that means losing Apple's business.

  • August 28, 2009

    DOC Seeks To Uphold Duties On Japanese Bearings

    The U.S. Department of Commerce is urging the U.S. Court of International Trade to uphold long-standing anti-dumping duties on anti-friction bearings from Japan and other countries in response to a challenge from Jtekt Corp. and other Japanese bearings producers.

  • August 28, 2009

    Solvay's Challenge To DOC Anti-Dumping Duties Fails

    Solvay Solexis Inc. and one of its subsidiaries have lost their challenge to anti-dumping duties imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce on granular polytetrafluoroethylene resin from Italy.

  • August 28, 2009

    Ecco, Prada Urge One-Size-Fits-All On Clothes Duties

    Haute couture fashion house Prada and streetwear seller Ecco USA Inc. have sued the U.S. government over imported clothing duties, joining several companies that in recent weeks have argued it is unconstitutional to discriminate based on the target buyers' age or gender when applying duties.

  • August 27, 2009

    UK Moves Against Oil-For-Food Trader

    The U.K. has begun court proceedings against an energy trader accused of abuses in the United Nations' Oil-for-Food program with Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

  • August 27, 2009

    US Steel, Nucor, Say DOC Broke Own Duty Rules

    The U.S. Department of Commerce failed to follow its own rules when assessing anti-dumping duties on South Korean steelmakers, U.S. Steel Corp. and Nucor Corp. have said in separate motions in federal trade court.