International Trade

  • August 4, 2008

    Doha Debacle Sparks Talk Of Suit Against U.S.

    In the wake of the Doha talks at the World Trade Organization falling apart last week, Brazil has reportedly voiced its intention to sue the United States over what it believes are illegal subsidies and other trade barriers.

  • August 4, 2008

    Microsoft Takes Primax Patent Spat To Court

    In a two-pronged battle to stop a Taiwanese rival from allegedly infringing on several electronics patents, Microsoft Corp. has filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to award past damages and enjoin Primax Electronics Ltd. from further infringement, days after it petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the company from importing the products in question.

  • August 4, 2008

    Fed. Circ. Allows Tessera ITC Patent Case To Proceed

    A federal appeals court panel has decided not to re-stay a case brought by Tessera Technologies Inc. against Motorola Inc., Qualcomm Inc., Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and others for allegedly infringing its chip-packaging patents.

  • August 15, 2008

    Pharma Suits Still Low Despite ITC Surge

    Though litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission is surging, the pharmaceutical sector still accounts for a relatively small portion of the cases on the ITC docket. But that could change as pharmaceutical industries in emerging markets like China gain momentum, some lawyers say.

  • July 31, 2008

    2nd Circ. Nixes Arbitration In Nokia-InterDigital Case

    A federal judge should not have ordered arbitration in a patent dispute between InterDigital Inc. and Nokia Corp., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled, finding that Nokia waived its right to arbitration in the case.

  • July 31, 2008

    Microsoft, Primax Go Before ITC Over Plug-And-Play

    Microsoft Corp. has brought a complaint before the U.S. International Trade Commission against Taiwanese rival Primax Electronics Ltd. for allegedly infringing patents related to peripheral devices for computers.

  • July 31, 2008

    Litepanels Tries To Dim Sony's Lights In LED Suit

    Litepanels LLC has hit Sony Corp. and two of its U.S. subsidiaries with a lawsuit, alleging the electronics giant’s camera-mounted lights infringe two patents that cover light-emitting diode technology.

  • July 28, 2008

    National Semiconductor Sues LSI For Infringement

    National Semiconductor Corp. hit LSI Corp. and a subsidiary with a lawsuit Friday, accusing its rival chip makers of widely infringing two patents related to semiconductor processing.

  • July 24, 2008

    Nokia, Qualcomm Settle GSM Patent Dispute

    Nokia Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. have agreed to settle all litigation between the two companies in a global battle over licensing fees for Qualcomm's global system for mobile communications and other patents.

  • July 23, 2008

    U.S. Offer Of Farm Cuts Underwhelms At WTO Meeting

    As a starting point for negotiations at World Trade Organization meetings in Geneva on Tuesday, the United States offered to lower the subsidies it pays to farmers to $15 billion, an offer that has reportedly struggled to pass the “laugh test.”

  • July 23, 2008

    German Court Rules Qualcomm Patent Invalid

    The German Federal Patent Court reportedly struck the latest blow to Qualcomm Inc.'s GSM patent infringement claims against rival cell phone giant Nokia Corp. on Wednesday, ruling the patent invalid.

  • October 7, 2008

    IP Practice: Fish & Richardson

    Great patent attorneys develop a knack for knowing how the law will look at a client's invention now and also five years down the road, said David L. Feigenbaum, principal at Fish & Richardson PC.

  • July 21, 2008

    Chinese-Imported Sacks Harmed U.S. Industry: ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has unanimously ruled that U.S. producers of laminated woven polypropylene sacks are being materially injured by dumped and subsidized imports of the products from China.

  • July 18, 2008

    WTO Scolds China On Anti-Competitive Tariff Policy

    The World Trade Organization said Friday that China is violating global trade rules by requiring Chinese automobile makers to buy most of their components from local suppliers or face exorbitant tariffs.

  • July 18, 2008

    Judge Won't Dismiss LED Patent Suit Against Cree

    Cree Inc. has lost its summary judgment bid in a patent infringement suit filed by a retired Columbia University professor over light-emitting diode semiconductors.

  • September 16, 2008

    IP Practice: Akin Gump

    Both the economic turmoil at home and emerging markets abroad are affecting patent litigation in the U.S., as an increasingly diverse group of companies fights to retain market share and attack both established and would-be competitors, say the intellectual property lawyers at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • July 17, 2008

    WTO Rules Against U.S. Over Shrimp Import Bonds

    The World Trade Organization's highest court has sided for the most part with India and Thailand in their claims against the U.S.' bond requirements for shrimp imports.

  • October 21, 2008

    IP Practice: Hogan & Hartson

    Companies have begun to realize the importance of protecting not only their brand names but any nontraditional trademarks, such as the color combination in their logos or their product packaging, thereby creating new and different work for IP attorneys, said Raymond Kurz, head of the intellectual property group at Hogan & Hartson LLP.

  • July 15, 2008

    Three IP Lawyers Jump From Hogan To Orrick

    The intellectual property group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has gained three new partners from Hogan & Hartson LLP.

  • September 2, 2008

    IP Practice: McDermott Will & Emery

    If you own a patent these days, you'd better be sure that the terms are rock solid because the stakes for protecting your intellectual property have gotten much higher, according to the attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.