International Trade

  • April 23, 2009

    Qualcomm, Broadcom May Settle All Disputes

    Chip makers Qualcomm Inc. and Broadcom Corp., which have been locked in a series of patent and antitrust battles for years, may be nearing a settlement that would resolve all disputes between them, Qualcomm has revealed.

  • April 22, 2009

    Blackboard Files ITC Suit Over E-Learning Software

    Educational software maker Blackboard Inc. has taken its patent battle with Canadian rival Desire2Learn Inc. over online course management systems to the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • April 22, 2009

    ALJ Wants $30M In Penalties In ITC Ink Cartridge Spat

    A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge has recommended that China's NineStar Technology Co. Ltd., a U.S. NineStar unit and Town Sky Inc. be held liable for $20.5 million and Mipo International and Mipo America for 9.7 million in civil penalties for violations of a cease-and-desist orders issued in an ink cartridge case brought by Seiko Epson Corp.

  • April 22, 2009

    SiRF Seeks Sanctions For Broadcom In Patent Spat

    SiRF Technology Inc. has moved for sanctions against Broadcom Corp., claiming a McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd. attorney representing the semiconductor manufacturer violated a protective order in a thorny patent infringement dispute over GPS technology.

  • April 21, 2009

    Steelworkers Seek To Cap Chinese Tire Imports

    The United Steelworkers union has filed a Section 421 trade case with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to more than halve the imports of consumer passenger tires from China in order to stave off further job losses and increase market share for American tire makers.

  • April 21, 2009

    Kodak's Digital Camera Patents Invalid: Samsung

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has fired off counterclaims in Eastman Kodak Co.’s patent infringement suit over digital camera technology and asked the federal court for a yearlong stay pending the outcome of a related proceeding before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • April 20, 2009

    ITC Must Rethink Philips CD Case Ruling: Fed. Circ.

    A federal appeals court has revived an argument alleging U.S. Philips Corp. entered into an illegal agreement with Sony Corp. to suppress the development of an alternative technology for making recordable compact discs.

  • April 17, 2009

    JDSU Settles Tunable Laser Patent Case

    JDS Uniphase Corp. has buried the hatchet with two companies it sued for allegedly infringing three patents related to tunable laser semiconductor chips used in optical communication systems.

  • April 15, 2009

    Climate Bill Should Comply With WTO: Trade Rep.

    President Obama's point person for trade policy told Republican lawmakers that the administration was pushing for climate change legislation being debated in Congress to comply with existing international trade rules.

  • April 13, 2009

    4 Cos. Don't Infringe SanDisk Flash Patents: ITC

    An administrative law judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that flash memory products made by Silicon Motion Technology Corp., Phison Electronics Corp., Skymedi Corp and Imation Corp. do not infringe two patents held by SanDisk Corp., a setback for SanDisk in a patent case it originally brought against dozens of competitors.

  • April 13, 2009

    Vizio DTV Products Infringe Funai Patent: ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has upheld a ruling finding that Vizio Inc. and 10 other companies infringe a Funai Corp. patent for digital television receivers and issued orders barring their products.

  • April 9, 2009

    Steelmakers Target China In Anti-Dumping Petition

    Seven U.S. steel companies and the United Steelworkers union have lodged an anti-dumping and countervailing duty trade case against China imports, alleging that Chinese steelworkers have unfairly dumped tubular and pipe steel.

  • April 9, 2009

    Lutron Takes Dimmer Switch Patent Suit To ITC

    Light-switch maker Lutron Electronics Co. Inc. has filed a complaint against Universal Smart Electric Corp. with the U.S. International Trade Commission, accusing the California-based company of importing dimmer switches that infringe two of Lutron's patents and one trademark.

  • April 7, 2009

    ITC Upholds Sucralose Ruling Against Tate & Lyle

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has upheld a decision clearing most of the companies British sugar producer Tate & Lyle PLC accused of infringing patents for technology used to make sucralose, a leading artificial sweetener in the U.S.

  • April 7, 2009

    $70M Settles Samsung, Spansion Memory Patent Spat

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will pay newly bankrupt rival Spansion LLC $70 million to settle flash memory technology patent infringement complaints in federal court and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • April 7, 2009

    Fed. Circ. Gives ITC Go-Ahead In Agere Patent Probe

    A federal appeals court has allowed the U.S. International Trade Commission to continue its probe into the alleged infringement of an Agere Systems Inc. patent, rejecting claims by Cypress Semiconductor Corp. that the ITC abused its discretion in investigating the issue.

  • April 23, 2009

    Program For Patent Judges Could Cut Case Delays

    A pilot program allowing for some federal judges to sharpen their expertise in patent law could help whittle down pending cases and speed up patent litigation — a process that practitioners say has become painfully slow.

  • April 3, 2009

    ITC Judge Finds Sinochem Infringed Coolant Patent

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has upheld an earlier finding that Sinochem Modern Environmental Protection Chemicals (Xi'an) Co. Ltd. imported refrigerants that infringed INEOS Fluor Holdings Ltd.’s patent covering a manufacturing process for coolant.

  • April 2, 2009

    LSI, Cypress Strike Deal Over Semiconductor Patent

    LSI Corp. and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. have asked a federal judge to temporarily lift a stay and dismiss Cypress from a patent suit brought by LSI accusing a slew of semiconductor companies of infringing a computer chip coating method.

  • April 1, 2009

    Professor's Complaint Spurs LED Investigation By ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has begun an investigation of light-emitting diode chips and laser diode chips made by six companies based in China and Taiwan, after receiving a patent infringement complaint from a retired Columbia University professor who has asserted her LED patents against numerous other companies in recent years.