International Trade

  • November 29, 2007

    ITC Opens Probe Into Acer-HP Patent Spat

    Prompted by Acer Inc. in its patent war with Hewlett-Packard Co., the U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate certain computer, scanner and printer device drivers and semiconductor packages, the agency said Wednesday.

  • November 26, 2007

    Judge Vacates Willfulness Finding Against Qualcomm

    A federal judge has vacated his finding that Qualcomm Inc.'s infringement of Broadcom Corp. patents related to cell phone technology was willful, slashing Broadcom's award from $39.3 million to $19.6 million.

  • November 21, 2007

    Federal Circuit Backs ITC Power Integrations Ruling

    A federal appeals court has backed the U.S. International Trade Commission’s finding that Taiwan’s System General Corp. trampled Power Integrations Inc.’s patents for integrated circuits.

  • November 21, 2007

    ITC Drops Nokia, Qualcomm Probe

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has reportedly ended its investigation relating to Nokia Corp.’s complaint seeking a ban on the importation of Qualcomm’s chipsets into the United States.

  • November 20, 2007

    Glossy Paper Tariffs Blocked By ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission decided Tuesday that U.S. companies are not being harmed by the importation of low-cost glossy paper from Asia in a ruling that effectively blocks any duties being imposed on those imports.

  • November 21, 2007

    Agro Wins Against DOC In Absorption Inquiry Dispute

    A federal appeals court handed mushroom distributor Agro Dutch Industries Ltd. a victory on Tuesday, ruling that the Department of Commerce did not have the authority to conduct an absorption inquiry while reviewing the company’s anti-dumping order.

  • November 19, 2007

    Chinese, German Paper Dumping May Pose Threat

    The United States International Trade Commission said on Friday that there is a reasonable possibility that American industry is being hurt by Chinese state subsidies for lightweight thermal paper and by dumping of the paper from China and Germany.

  • November 19, 2007

    Nokia Moves To Stay Qualcomm Patent Battle

    A bid by cellular giant Qualcomm Inc. to stay rival Nokia Corp.'s claims in the ongoing patent battle between the two companies has prompted Nokia to demand a stay of its own.

  • November 15, 2007

    Dutch Court Dismisses Nokia Suit Against Qualcomm

    Qualcomm Inc. said Wednesday that a Dutch court had tossed a complaint filed against it by rival Nokia Corp. alleging that some of its European patents relating to cell phone chips were exhausted.

  • November 15, 2007

    Knobbe Martens Opens Shop In Washington

    The Washington, D.C., office of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP opened its doors this week, stepping up the California intellectual property boutique's snowballing international and appellate practices.

  • November 14, 2007

    No End In Sight For Boeing, Airbus Dispute: EU Official

    Rival aircraft manufacturers Boeing Co. and Airbus continue to butt heads over government funding, and the feud may stretch another two years, according to a European Union official.

  • November 13, 2007

    ITC Steps Up Anti-Dumping Probe Of PET Film Imports

    The International Trade Commission has stepped up an anti-dumping probe of U.S. imports of polyethylene terephthalate film from Brazil, China, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates, now that it has determined that cheap imports from the countries threaten American industry.

  • November 9, 2007

    EU Official Blasts U.S. Online Gambling Ban

    The European Union's top trade official continued to lambaste the U.S. de-facto ban on online gambling during a visit to the U.S. capital, saying it discriminated against European companies.

  • November 8, 2007

    EU Authorities Raid Cathode Ray Tube Manufacturers

    European Commission officials carried out unannounced raids on manufacturers of cathode ray tubes on Thursday, acting on suspicion that the companies are violating European competition laws.

  • November 8, 2007

    Compulsory Drug Licensing Scheme Inches Forward

    Despite ongoing debate over the rights of patent holders, World Trade Organization member nations are slowly moving forward with a key world trade protocol that will allow developing countries to arrange for compulsory export licenses from pharmaceutical companies for drugs to treat diseases that pose public health emergencies, such as HIV/AIDS and malaria.

  • November 1, 2007

    GM, Chrysler Part Maker Sued Over Engine Patents

    Automotive-parts manufacturer MacLean Fogg Co. has revved up its rivalry with Eaton Corp. by filing an infringement lawsuit over 14 engine part patents.

  • October 31, 2007

    Acer Counters HP Suits With ITC, Wisc. Court Actions

    Acer Inc. has opened up another patent battlefront with Hewlett-Packard Co. by filing complaints in a Wisconsin federal court and with the U.S. International Trade Commission over personal computer, server and peripheral device technology.

  • October 31, 2007

    Court Says ITC Erred In LED Claim Construction

    A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that the International Trade Commission erred in its claim construction of Osram GmbH's patents covering light-emitting diode products and that the patents were therefore infringed by Dominant Semiconductors.

  • October 30, 2007

    3M Wraps Up Patent Litigation Over Cathode Devices

    Ending its patent crusade over lithium ion battery cathode technology, 3M Co. has settled its lawsuits with the remaining two defendants, CDW Corp. and Hitachi Koki USA Ltd.

  • October 29, 2007

    Supreme Court Will Not Hear Anti-Dumping Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would not hear a case brought against the U.S. by a Japanese company over whether the U.S. Commerce Department is obligated to reverse a decision on anti-dumping duties in the face of a conflicting decision from the World Trade Organization.