International Trade

  • April 4, 2007

    ITC Probes SiRF Complaint On GPS Patents

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has initiated an investigation into whether Global Locate Inc. infringed upon SiRF Technology Holdings Inc.’s global positioning satellite patents, SiRF said Wednesday.

  • April 3, 2007

    Qualcomm Files Two New Patent Suits Against Nokia

    Cell phone chip maker Qualcomm Inc. filed two new patent infringement suits against Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia Corp. in separate U.S. federal courts on Monday, claiming Nokia’s GSM/GPRS/EDGE phones infringe five of Qualcomm’s patents.

  • April 2, 2007

    U.S. Flips Policy On China's Paper Subsidies

    In a decision that could end up affecting all trade between the United States and China, the U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday reversed a 23-year-old policy and said it would impose sanctions on subsidized Chinese paper imports.

  • April 3, 2007

    GPS Rivals Clash Over Patents In ITC

    Global Locate Inc. has fired back against rival SiRF Technology Inc.’s patent infringement claims regarding global positioning satellite technology by filing a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • April 2, 2007

    Court Limits Rights On Famous Trademarks

    In a significant interpretation of cross-country trademark laws, an appeals court has ruled that owners of famous trademarks do not have exclusive rights to their brands in countries where they are not established.

  • March 27, 2007

    Pillsbury Snags IP Attorney From Kenyon

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has nabbed intellectual property practitioner Fred Grasso from boutique firm Kenyon & Kenyon to join its Northern Virginia office as of counsel, the firm said Tuesday.

  • March 26, 2007

    Samsung and InterDigital Duel Over 3G Phones

    InterDigital Communications Corp. filed complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission and in a federal court in Delaware on Friday against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. for allegedly infringing three patents for 3G cellular phone handsets.

  • March 23, 2007

    Federal Circuit Affirms Syringe Patents' Invalidity

    A federal appeals court ended the longstanding patent fight between Liebel-Flarsheim Co. and Medrad Inc. Thursday when it affirmed that four Liebel syringe patents were invalid.

  • March 22, 2007

    Boeing Subsidies Total $24B, E.U. Claims

    Just days after the United States lashed out at the European Union for subsidizing aircraft maker Airbus, the E.U. has responded with allegations of its own.

  • March 22, 2007

    Broadcom Asks ITC To Ban Qualcomm Phones

    Despite dropping patent claims against each other in district court, Broadcom Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. continue to wage their battle in front of the International Trade Commission, with Broadcom urging a government panel to bar imports of cell phones with Qualcomm chips that infringe on its patents.

  • March 21, 2007

    E.U., U.S. Go Head To Head Over Subsidies

    Europe’s Airbus has unfairly cornered the civil aircraft market thanks to over $100 billion in subsidies, according to an argument made at a World Trade Organization hearing by United States officials.

  • March 21, 2007

    Oxfam Slams Abbott Over Thailand Standoff

    Charity group Oxfam International has blasted Abbott Laboratories for its recent decision to halt the launch of new medicines in Thailand, urging the pharmaceutical giant not to “abandon the sick people in Thailand.”

  • March 21, 2007

    After Toshiba Deal, Hynix Strikes Pact With Sandisk

    Just a day after ending its patent feud with Toshiba Corp., Hynix Semiconductor has struck another cross licensing and product supply deal—this time with U.S.-based Sandisk Corp.

  • March 21, 2007

    McDermott Puts IP Group Under New Leadership

    Seven months after helping a Singapore-based technology client wring a $100 million settlement from computer maker Apple Inc., IP trial lawyer Terrence P. “Terry” McMahon has been chosen by McDermott Will & Emery LLP to head up its global IP, media & technology department.

  • March 20, 2007

    WTO To Air Boeing, Airbus Hearing

    The general public will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the long-running battle between the European Union and the United States over aircraft subsidies when the World Trade Organization airs a hearing on the matter.

  • March 20, 2007

    Hynix, Toshiba Lay Down Swords, Sign Patent Deal

    Putting to rest over five years of legal combat over NAND flash memory chip patents, Toshiba Corp. and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. agreed on Tuesday to sign cross-licensing agreements for their products.

  • March 20, 2007

    ITC Takes On Microsoft Patent Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to review a patent infringement complaint over telephone technology brought by Microsoft Corp. against French rival Alcatel-Lucent.

  • March 20, 2007

    Qualcomm Calls Nokia's Patent Claims "Meritless"

    Nokia Corp.’s recent patent claims against Qualcomm Inc. have not fazed the chip maker, which said on Tuesday that Nokia’s latest allegations of patent exhaustion are entirely meritless.

  • March 20, 2007

    Fed. Circ. Dismisses Verizon Noninfringement Case

    An appellate court on Monday affirmed a dismissal of a patent noninfringement claim against Broadcom Corp. because the patents in question are at the center of litigation pending in other jurisdictions.

  • March 19, 2007

    European Biodiesel Group Decries U.S. Subsidies

    Cheap American biodiesel, supported by government subsidies, is distorting the European market for the green energy source, an industry association told the European Commission on Monday.