International Trade

  • August 11, 2009

    Jindal Took Countervailable Film Subsidies: DOC

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has initially found that India-based Jindal Poly Films Ltd. received countervailable subsidies for the production and export of plastic film products.

  • August 10, 2009

    ITC Judge Proposes Remedy In PressTek IP Spat

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has released a proposed remedy in a patent dispute between PressTek Inc. and a group of printing press technology importers, with an administrative law judge pushing for a ban on the importers' products should the ITC conclude that infringement has occurred.

  • August 10, 2009

    Lincoln Electric Files ITC Suit Over Wire Containers

    An Ohio-based maker of welding equipment has filed an infringement suit before the U.S. International Trade Commission, seeking to block the sale of bulk wire containers from five foreign manufacturers.

  • August 10, 2009

    Sen. Dems Want Climate Bill To Protect Manufacturers

    Ten Senate Democrats have sent a letter to President Barack Obama saying they would find it “extremely difficult” to support a climate bill that did not include a border adjustment mechanism, sufficient allowances to energy-intensive industries and other measures to protect American manufacturing.

  • August 10, 2009

    Funai Fights To Nix Vizio Antitrust Spat Over DTV IP

    Funai Electric Co. Ltd. has asked a judge to dismiss antitrust claims brought by Vizio Inc. over several Funai patents for digital television technology, calling the suit little more than a licensing dispute that does not belong in federal court.

  • August 7, 2009

    Saxon Can Add Palm Pre To Wireless Patent Case: ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has allowed Saxon Innovations Inc. to add Palm Inc.'s Pre cell phone to an infringement action concerning hand-held wireless communication devices.

  • August 7, 2009

    EU Efforts To Protect Marks Could Harry IP Holders

    As recent European Union court rulings against beer collective Bayerischer Brauerbund and Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. indicate, trademark holders must be increasingly savvy in making sure their brands do not impede geographic indication rights abroad, especially as the EU ramps up efforts to protect regional foods and beverages such as Parmesan cheese and Scotch whiskey, attorneys say.

  • August 7, 2009

    Mexican Steel Coil Co. Dealt Blow In Dumping Review

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily found that a Mexican distributor of stainless steel sheet and strip in coils has been selling its products at less than market value in the U.S., but that two Japanese distributors should be let off the hook in a probe of anti-dumping duty orders on the imports.

  • August 7, 2009

    Fuji Defendants Ask Court To Stay $16M Award

    About two weeks after a judge ordered them to cough up more than $16 million to Fujifilm Corp., the defendants in a long-standing patent fight have asked a judge to stay the monetary judgment pending appeal.

  • August 6, 2009

    US Chews On Anti-Dumping Fine For Pasta Cos.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily found that two pasta makers from Italy have been selling their products at less than normal value in the U.S., which may trigger anti-dumping fines against the companies.

  • August 6, 2009

    ITC Semiconductor Patent Case Shrinks Further

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has signed off on a settlement between yet another respondent and plaintiffs LSI Corp. and Agere Systems Inc. in a patent infringement battle over semiconductor chips, according to an ITC filing.

  • August 6, 2009

    Spansion Balks At Ch. 11 Discovery Bid By Tessera

    Bankrupt flash memory maker Spansion Inc. has objected to Tessera Technologies Inc.'s bid to seek discovery through bankruptcy court, arguing that the request is unduly burdensome and an effort to gain an unfair advantage in negotiations related to a patent feud between the rivals.

  • August 6, 2009

    Target Seeks DOC Reversal On Chinese Toy Box Order

    Target Corp. has launched a suit against the U.S. Department of Commerce over the regulator's refusal to grant the retailer's request to exclude its toy box product from a 2004 anti-dumping order levying duties on some wooden bedroom furniture imported from China.

  • August 6, 2009

    India To Launch WTO Battle Over EU Drug Seizures

    A battle is brewing between the European Union and India, which reportedly plans to complain to the World Trade Organization about the frequent seizure of Indian generic drugs at European ports over alleged patent violations.

  • August 6, 2009

    DHL Strikes $9M Deal Over Iran, Sudan Shipments

    The U.S. government has reached a $9.4 million settlement with delivery company DHL Express USA over allegedly improper shipments made to Iran and Sudan in violation of trade sanctions.

  • August 6, 2009

    Epistar LED Probe Burns Out Pre-ITC Review

    A unit of Royal Philips Electronics NV has terminated a patent proceeding it brought before the U.S. International Trade Commission against Taiwan-based Epistar Corp. because the patent-at-issue will expire before the ITC is able to complete its investigation.

  • August 6, 2009

    US Trade Hit Record High In 2008: ITC

    The U.S. hit a record high for merchandise trade in 2008 and saw the trade deficit for products increase by more than $24 billion, with deficits with Canada and China seeing the largest individual jumps, according to a new report.

  • August 6, 2009

    US, Mauritius Start Bilateral Investment Treaty Talks

    The United States and Mauritius have agreed to work on a bilateral investment treaty aimed at strengthening investor protections and bolstering market-oriented economic reforms in Mauritius, the U.S. trade representative and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed Thursday.

  • August 5, 2009

    DOC Rules To Lift Tariffs Off Thai Shrimp Cos.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has made an initial determination that Phatthana Frozen Food Co. Ltd. and Sea Wealth Frozen Food Co. Ltd. should be excluded from the agency’s earlier order imposing anti-dumping duties on warm-water shrimp and prawns from Thailand.

  • August 5, 2009

    Senate Supports New Scrutiny For Seafood Imports

    The U.S. Senate has approved a measure directing the Food and Drug Administration to study its seafood import inspection infrastructure and supply chains most vulnerable to contamination in order to fortify its ability to keep tainted foreign seafood products from reaching U.S. consumers.