International Trade

  • May 1, 2008

    Whirlpool Sues Over Mixer Shape Trademark

    Whirlpool Corp. has launched a trademark infringement suit against a subsidiary of Italian appliance maker De'Longhi SpA, claiming the company’s stand mixers infringe a shape trademarked by Whirlpool brand KitchenAid.

  • April 25, 2008

    EU Biodiesel Group Calls For Dumping Probe Of U.S.

    European biodiesel makers on Friday asked the European Union to impose punitive duties on U.S. biodiesel imports, accusing its rivals across the ocean of being unfairly subsidized.

  • April 25, 2008

    LG, Whirlpool Fridge Patent Dispute Heats Up

    Consumer electronics and appliance manufacturer LG Electronics Inc. has filed suit against rival Whirlpool Corp., claiming infringement of three patents covering refrigerator components.

  • April 24, 2008

    LSI Corp. Hits Semiconductor Makers With Patent Suit

    LSI Corp. fired off a suit last week against United Microelectronics Corp. and a slew of other semiconductor manufacturers, alleging infringement of its patent related to semiconductor devices.

  • April 23, 2008

    Fed. Circ. Clears Osram Of Libeling Dominant

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld a lower court's ruling that Osram GmbH did not engage in unfair competition and trade libel when it told customers that it believed Dominant Semiconductors had infringed its patents for light-emitting diode technology.

  • April 22, 2008

    Tessera Files New ITC Complaint Against Rivals

    In another move to protect its miniature semiconductors, Tessera Technologies Inc. has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission claiming that a group of competitors has infringed on three patents, the company announced Tuesday.

  • April 21, 2008

    Heller Ehrman Launches New Trade Group In D.C.

    Heller Ehrman LLP announced on Monday that it has hired four new partners, formerly of Vinson & Elkins, to launch an international trade team in its Washington, D.C., office.

  • April 21, 2008

    High Court To Hear Anti-Dumping Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case over whether certain uranium imports should be subject to anti-dumping duties.

  • April 21, 2008

    Federal Circuit Halts Energizer Battery Patent Claims

    A federal appeals court has affirmed a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling, holding that an Energizer Holdings Inc. battery patent that was asserted against Chinese battery manufacturers on infringement claims was invalid.

  • April 18, 2008

    End Of The Line For Norgren, SMC Patent Spat

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has closed the book on a patent dispute between SMC Corp. and Norgren Inc. over devices used in compressed-air systems, declining to review an earlier ruling that SMC did not infringe Norgren's patents.

  • April 22, 2008

    Loeb & Loeb Nabs Drug Patent Lawyer From Gibbons

    In a move that further bolsters its pharmaceutical patent expertise, Loeb & Loeb LLP has added Hatch-Waxman specialist and former Schering Plough Corp. research scientist Brad S. Needleman to its litigation department.

  • April 15, 2008

    ITC Judge Finds Crocs Utility Patent Invalid

    In a significant setback for footwear company Crocs Inc., an administrative law judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that one of the company's key patents for its colorful plastic shoes is invalid for obviousness.

  • April 15, 2008

    U.S. Food Cos. Call For Whopping Tariffs On Imports

    Three food-ingredient producers, among them Archer Daniels Midland Co., are asking U.S. authorities to investigate imports of citric acid and certain citrate salts from China and Canada, claiming the products are being sold below fair market value and should be heavily taxed to balance their unfair edge in the U.S. marketplace.

  • April 9, 2008

    Howrey Adds IP Group, Partner To New York Office

    Howrey LLP has continued to expand its intellectual property capabilities with the addition of an IP practice group to its New York office, an effort that will be spearheaded by new partner Theresa M. Gillis.

  • April 9, 2008

    Seoul Semi Loses Bid For New Trial In LED Patent Suit

    In a contentious patent dispute over light-emitting diodes, a judge has dealt a setback to Seoul Semiconductor Ltd., denying the company's motion for a new trial and for judgment as a matter of law after it was found to have infringed several patents held by Nichia Corp.

  • April 8, 2008

    Sughrue Mion Grabs Two New Partners For Calif.

    Intellectual property powerhouse Sughrue Mion PLLC has expanded its California practice with two new partners, adding James Hall to its Mountain View office and John Scherling to its San Diego office.

  • April 7, 2008

    EU Banana Tariffs Violate Trade Agreements: WTO

    The World Trade Organization ruled on Monday that the European Union's tariffs on banana imports unfairly discriminate against the U.S. and against Ecuador and other Latin American countries and violate the 1994 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

  • April 4, 2008

    Asustek Sues IBM Over Network, Server Patents

    Taiwanese technology company Asustek Computer Inc., which is being sued by IBM Corp. for patent infringement, has fired off its own lawsuit claiming the computer giant infringed Asustek's patents for remote storage and modulized server technology.

  • April 1, 2008

    Terumo Hit With Patent Suits In ITC And U.S. Court

    Swedish medical company Maquet Cardiovascular LLC said Tuesday that it has filed patent infringement complaints against Terumo Corp. and its subsidiary Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corp. before the International Trade Commission and in a federal court.

  • April 15, 2008

    Hire Sheet: Law Firms Hired For Major IP Litigation

    AOL, Twentieth Century Fox Film and Sony Ericsson Mobile were just some of the companies that hired law firms to work on major IP litigation in recent weeks, according to our daily review of court dockets.