International Trade

  • January 1, 2008

    Law Firms Go Abroad For Booming Global Business

    China, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Japan and the European Union. Law firms broke new ground or bulked up existing offices in these countries or regions in 2007. The firms followed clients in industries such as energy, financial services and technology as they chased new business opportunities abroad.

  • January 1, 2008

    IP Cases To Watch In 2008

    The Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit and the district courts are gearing up to weigh in on a number of intellectual property disputes in 2008, including cases that could redefine patent-holder rights on licensing and change how accused infringers defend against willfulness claims.

  • December 18, 2007

    U.S. Criticizes WTO Case Over Farm Subsidies

    The U.S. government lashed out at Canada and Brazil on Monday, saying the countries’ decision to forge ahead with proceedings in a World Trade Organization court that claim U.S. farm subsidies may unfairly skew agricultural commerce distracts from important trade negotiations.

  • December 14, 2007

    ITC To Investigate Micronics, Phicom Probe Cards

    The U.S. International Trade Commission announced on Thursday that it has voted to launch a patent infringement investigation of probe card assemblies and DRAM and NAND flash chips made by Micronics Japan Co. Ltd. and Phicom Corp.

  • December 14, 2007

    South Korea's Merger Guidelines Get A Makeover

    South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has overhauled its merger guidelines, relaxing restrictions on horizontal mergers involving a single company with 50% market share in favor of more comprehensive assessments of acquisitions' potential effects on competition, according to experts.

  • December 13, 2007

    In ITC Handset Battle, Nokia Keeps "Edge"

    In a first-round victory for Nokia Corp., an International Trade Commission judge has issued an initial determination in favor of the Finnish cell phone maker in a long-running patent dispute between it and Qualcomm Inc.

  • December 13, 2007

    Broadcom Gets Over $9M In Fees, Interest

    A federal judge overseeing a dispute over video phone patents between Qualcomm Inc. and Broadcom Corp. has assessed $9.26 million in legal fees against plaintiff Qualcomm, including prejudgment interest levied because Qualcomm's outside counsel allegedly failed to produce crucial documents during the litigation.

  • December 13, 2007

    Nokia, Samsung Accused Of Infringing New 3G Patent

    InterDigital Inc. is asserting a new patent against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Nokia Corp. in an infringement case over 3G cellular phone handset patents before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • December 12, 2007

    Cadwalader Adds 3 To New IP Group

    As part of a concerted effort to grow its intellectual property practice, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP has lured three new attorneys from Morgan & Finnegan, boosting the number of IP attorneys at the firm to 25.

  • December 11, 2007

    U.S. Climate Bills Clash With WTO Rules: Report

    The fuel economy standards, emissions caps and subsidies that have been touted as crucial eco-friendly provisions in the two energy bills moving through Congress could distort international trade and conflict with World Trade Organization rules, a new study has found.

  • December 10, 2007

    Tessera Seeks ITC Probe In Semiconductor Spat

    Tessera Technologies Inc. revealed Monday that it has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, asking the agency to launch an investigation into what it calls the “unlawful” importation of certain semiconductor technology.

  • December 6, 2007

    At SanDisk's Cue, ITC To Investigate Flash Devices

    The U.S. International Trade Commission announced Thursday that it will take up a complaint that accuses 25 companies of importing products that infringe SanDisk Corp.'s flash-memory patents.

  • December 6, 2007

    IBM Seeks Import Ban Against ASUSTeK CPU Parts

    International Business Machines Corp. has asked a U.S. trade regulator to stop Taiwanese notebook and computer part maker ASUSTeK Computer Inc. from importing products that allegedly infringe patents for power supply, computer cooling and computer clustering capabilities.

  • December 6, 2007

    Samsung, Nokia Sued Over Four Cell Phone Patents

    A Florida-based patent-holding company has filed suit against cellular phone giants Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Nokia Corp., claiming the companies’ phones infringe four of its patents.

  • December 5, 2007

    Seoul Files ITC Complaint Over Nichia Laser Devices

    As a bitter fight over light-emitting diode technology plays out in courts across the globe, Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to take a closer look at whether Nichia Corp.’s laser diode products infringe its patent.

  • December 11, 2007

    Foley & Lardner Sets Up IP Shop In Shanghai

    Foley & Lardner LLP has moved into China, opening a new branch in Shanghai that will arm the firm with a new intellectual property practice ready to serve the growing business needs there.

  • December 5, 2007

    Samsung To Pay InterDigital $134M In Royalties

    A federal judge has ordered Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to pay InterDigital Communication Corp. $134 million in royalties, plus interest, confirming an arbitration award issued by a panel of the International Chamber of Commerce in 2006.

  • December 3, 2007

    ITC Won't Drop Anti-Dumping Duties On Uranium

    Anti-dumping duties on U.S. imports of French low enriched uranium are likely here to stay, now that the U.S. International Trade Commission has decided that their revocation would hurt U.S. uranium markets.

  • December 3, 2007

    WTO Deems Brazil's Ban On Tire Imports Illegal

    A World Trade Organization panel on Monday strengthened a previous report that sided with the European Communities, ruling that Brazil's restrictions on tire imports from across the Atlantic Ocean violate international tariff rules.

  • November 29, 2007

    U.S. Resolves WTO Dispute With China

    The United States has settled a dispute before the World Trade Organization in which it accused China of paying illegal subsidies to manufacturers.