International Trade

  • July 19, 2010

    Toyota, Paice Resolve Patent Battle Over Hybrids

    Toyota Motor Corp. has reached a settlement with Paice LLC in the U.S. International Trade Commission that puts an end to the companies' patent litigation over hybrid vehicle technology.

  • July 19, 2010

    EAA Challenges Belong In District Court: DC Circ.

    A challenge to export sanctions imposed on Macedonian sporting goods and military supply company Micei International under the Export Administration Act belongs in a federal district court, a federal appeals court has determined.

  • July 19, 2010

    Commerce Finalizes Duties On Indian Shrimp

    Confirming preliminary results, the U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday assessed anti-dumping duties of up to 4.44 percent on dozens of Indian shrimp companies.

  • July 19, 2010

    Tianjin Steel Oil Pipe Rate Tallied Wrong: US Steel

    United States Steel Corp. has filed a lawsuit alleging a 32.07 percent anti-dumping margin federal authorities placed on oil drill pipe products exported into the U.S. by Tianjin Pipe (Group) Corp. was the product of errors including a failure to properly calculate tax and other costs.

  • July 16, 2010

    ITC Judge Invalidates Cognex Machine Patents

    The judge overseeing Cognex Corp.’s Section 337 case alleging infringement of its machine vision software patents has handed a win to Germany-based MVTec Software GmbH and Japan-based Omron Corp. and Daiichi Jitsugyo Viswill Co. Ltd., holding that the two Cognex patents were invalid.

  • July 16, 2010

    Electronics Co. Seeks $2.5M In TV Receiver Duties Suit

    A domestic electronics manufacturer has fired off a suit alleging the U.S. government owes it more than $2.5 million in dumping offsets based on duties assessed on color television receivers from China.

  • July 16, 2010

    Catfish Farmers Intervene In Anti-Dumping Suit

    A federal court is allowing domestic catfish producers led by the Catfish Farmers of America to intervene in an anti-dumping duties suit brought by QVD Co. Ltd. over frozen fish fillets from Vietnam.

  • July 16, 2010

    Tobacco Importer Sues US Over Tax Rates

    A domestic importer of “gutkha” has sued the U.S. government, challenging an agency action labeling the Indian tobacco product as snuff, rather than chewing tobacco, which comes with a tax rate that is three times as high.

  • July 16, 2010

    USPTO Ruled Patent In 337 Action Valid, Cognex Says

    Cognex Corp. has told the judge overseeing its Section 337 case that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had confirmed the patentability of a machine vision software patent that the respondents recently said was rendered invalid by Bilski.

  • July 15, 2010

    US Ups Subsidy On Essar Hot-Rolled Steel Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce said Thursday that Essar Steel Ltd. received an ad valorem Indian government subsidy of 23.64 percent on imports of certain hot-rolled carbon steel flat products — a higher subsidy than previously determined — in a case on remand from the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • July 15, 2010

    China To Allow More Copyrighted US Media Imports

    China will ease restrictions on copyrighted media imported from the U.S. by March 19 to comply with a World Trade Organization panel ruling that the barriers violated the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

  • July 15, 2010

    DOC Trying To Change Dismissal Bid: Estee Lauder

    Estee Lauder Inc. has opposed a bid by the U.S. Department of Commerce to file an amended motion to dismiss in a suit over cosmetic kit tariffs, arguing the government will use it as an opportunity to revise arguments made in the original motion.

  • July 15, 2010

    Peru Inks Free Trade Deal With Norway, 3 Others

    Peru has signed a free trade agreement with the four countries that make up the European Free Trade Association, part of an effort to promote trade and investment between the South American nation and Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

  • July 15, 2010

    EU Lawmakers Urge Turkey To Lift Tariffs, Other Barriers

    European legislators have called on Turkey to lift the remaining tariffs and other barriers to trade with the European Union in order to improve trade relations and negotiations to bring the country into the 27-nation bloc.

  • July 14, 2010

    Customs Fights GPX's Ch. 11 Liquidation Plan

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection is opposing GPX International Tire Corp.'s Chapter 11 plan of liquidation, claiming the plan impermissibly discharges GPX from liability for duties at the center of a case in the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • July 14, 2010

    Commerce Wraps Up China, Taiwan Ribbon Investigation

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has assessed anti-dumping margins of up to 247.65 percent on narrow woven ribbon used for gift wrapping and clothing from China and up to 4.37 percent on this type of ribbon from Taiwan.

  • July 14, 2010

    Nokia Loses Bid To Speed Up 337 Suit Against Apple

    A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge has denied Nokia Corp.'s bid to speed up the pretrial phase of its Section 337 suit against Apple Inc. over cell phone technology, rejecting the contention that Apple should have only five days to respond to seven motions to compel discovery.

  • July 14, 2010

    ITC Probes Promethean In Teaching System IP Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into whether classroom technology maker Promethean Inc. has imported products that infringe a patent by rival eInstruction Corp. for an interactive teaching system.

  • July 14, 2010

    ITC Noninfringement Ruling Sticks In PPC Cable Spat

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has refused to reconsider its decision to overturn a finding that four Chinese companies infringe a PPC Inc. design patent covering coaxial cables, though two other patents remain at play in the case.

  • July 13, 2010

    Experts Offer Cautious Praise For China's Antitrust Law

    China has made enormous strides over the past two years in implementing its new anti-monopoly rules, but the complex regulatory structure and questions about the state's influence make it critical for U.S. businesses to keep active tabs on the policies as they evolve, antitrust experts told Congress on Tuesday.