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International Trade

  • January 21, 2010

    USTR To Rethink Duty-Free Status Of Sleeping Bags

    U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to look into the economic impact of removing sleeping bags from the list of articles eligible for duty-free treatment under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences.

  • January 21, 2010

    WTO To Investigate US Tariff On Chinese Tires

    The World Trade Organization has agreed to commence an inquiry into whether a steep tariff the U.S. has imposed on Chinese tire imports violates international trade policies.

  • January 21, 2010

    Lawmakers Urge USTR To Fight Taiwan's Beef Ban

    Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee are urging the U.S. trade representative to pressure Taiwan to lift its ban on American beef imports, reinstated earlier in January in a reversal of a trade agreement the two countries reached in October.

  • January 20, 2010

    Foreign Saw Blade Makers Sue US Over Duty Review

    Foreign manufacturers of diamond saw blades have refiled a lawsuit over anti-dumping duties that had previously been dismissed as premature by the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • January 20, 2010

    Apple Takes Fresh Aim At Nokia Over Tech Patents

    Apple Inc. has stepped up its patent war with Nokia Corp., lodging a Section 337 action in the U.S. International Trade Commission against the cell phone manufacturer over a slew of patents for technology used in smartphones and computers.

  • January 20, 2010

    Toshiba Seeks ITC Probe Of Wistron Laptops

    Toshiba Corp. has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to conduct a patent probe into Wistron Corp.'s notebook computers, seeking to block certain of its Taiwanese rival's imports into the United States.

  • January 20, 2010

    CIT OKs Dumping Margin On Turkish Steel Imports

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge has upheld the Department of Commerce's recalculation of the dumping margin for steel concrete reinforcing bars from Turkey after receiving no major resistance from the parties.

  • January 20, 2010

    Japan Extends Clunker Subsidy Program To US Cars

    The government of Japan has announced that it will extend a program that gives subsidies to people who trade old cars in for more fuel-efficient ones to include U.S.-made cars, two weeks after the authors of America's similar Cash for Clunkers program criticized Japan's program as “discriminatory.”

  • January 19, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Denies Chrysler Export Tax Refunds

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to deny Chrysler Corp. more than $782,000, an amount that the automaker had requested as compensation for money paid on a 1986 export tax that the U.S. Supreme Court later ruled to be unconstitutional.

  • January 19, 2010

    High Court Won't Take Up Norgren, SMC Patent Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court will not wade into the debate over whether the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit acted correctly in reversing an International Trade Commission finding that SMC Corp.'s devices used in compressed-air systems do not infringe Norgren Inc.'s patent.

  • January 19, 2010

    Patent-Sharing Deal Ends Kodak, LG Camera IP Case

    Citing a settlement, the U.S. International Trade Commission has closed the book on a patent dispute between Eastman Kodak Co. and South Korea-based LG Electronics Inc. over digital camera technology.

  • January 19, 2010

    Funai Seeks Default For Proview In ITC TV Probe

    Funai Electric Co. Ltd. has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to find Proview Technology Inc. in default because the company has not responded to Funai's complaint accusing several electronics companies of infringing a patent for television technology.

  • January 19, 2010

    Ta Chen Returns To Court Over Pipe Fitting Duties

    Ta Chen Stainless Pipe Co. Ltd. is again challenging a determination by the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose anti-dumping duties on certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Taiwan.

  • January 19, 2010

    Sens. Call On Russia To Ease Meat Trade Barriers

    Sens. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., have accused the Russian government of imposing “baseless” restrictions on U.S. beef, pork and poultry producers' access to Russian markets, urging U.S. trade officials to take action during talks this week to reopen the critical markets.

  • January 15, 2010

    US Moves To Toss Xerox Suit Over Nu-Kote Products

    The U.S. government is seeking dismissal of Xerox Corp.'s challenge to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's determination that toner cartridges made by Nu-Kote International Inc. are not products of the United States.

  • January 15, 2010

    WTO Chief Urges Unity Between Human Rights, Trade

    World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy has called for a “mindset change” that would align trade and human rights, and "institutionalize the relations" between the two communities.

  • January 15, 2010

    Lincoln Abusing ITC Resources In Wire Spat: Sidergas

    Sidergas SpA has rebuffed discovery requests by Lincoln Electric Co. in a patent dispute over imported bulk welding wire containers, saying Lincoln has posed more questions than allowed and is abusing the resources of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • January 15, 2010

    Google's Decision Prompts Call For Congress To Act

    Google Inc.'s decision to stand up to Chinese censorship has prompted renewed calls for implementation of the Global Online Freedom Act, which would ban the harvesting of personal information from any Internet server in countries that restrict freedom of information.

  • January 15, 2010

    US Catfish Farmers Drop Bid For Rehearing On Duties

    A group of U.S. catfish farmers has dropped its request for the U.S. Court of International Trade to reconsider an order affirming the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision not to charge anti-dumping duties on two Vietnamese frozen fish fillet exporters.

  • January 14, 2010

    US Challenges Philippines' Taxes On Spirits In WTO

    The United States has filed a challenge with the World Trade Organization to Philippine excise taxes on distilled spirits that it says discriminate against U.S.-made brands.