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International Trade

  • July 14, 2009

    More Rambus IP Claims Rejected In DRAM Spat

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office initially rejected eight claims in re-examination proceedings for two Rambus Inc. patents related to synchronous dynamic random access memory, Nvidia Corp. announced Tuesday.

  • July 14, 2009

    ITC Denies IBM Bid To Block Asustek Imports

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has rejected IBM Corp.'s bid to stop Taiwanese notebook and computer parts maker Asustek Computer Inc. from importing products that allegedly infringe three IBM patents.

  • July 10, 2009

    CPSC Details Progress In Chinese Drywall Probe

    In its first major accounting of Chinese-made drywall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says it has received over 600 reports from consumers in 21 states complaining of unpleasant odors, metal corrosion and upper respiratory health problems associated with the imported building material.

  • July 10, 2009

    National Semiconductor Settles LSI Infringement Suit

    National Semiconductor Corp. has settled infringement actions filed by computer chip designer LSI Corp. and its subsidiary Agere Systems Inc. over a chip method patent, resolving their dispute before the U.S. International Trade Commission and in federal court.

  • July 10, 2009

    Sony Fights Subpoena In Wireless Patent Probe

    Sony Corp. has objected to a subpoena sought by Palm Inc. calling on Sony to testify in Saxon Innovations LLC's patent infringement action against several electronics makers before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • July 9, 2009

    Saxon, Nokia Strike Deal In Wireless Patent Case

    Patent-holding company Saxon Innovations LLC has settled with Nokia Corp. in a patent infringement action against several electronics makers over wireless technology before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • July 9, 2009

    Vizio Wins US Customs Ruling In Funai Wrangle

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency has ruled that all current models of Vizio Inc.'s televisions do not infringe a Funai Electric Co. Inc. patent, allowing Vizio to continue importing the televisions and opening up another chapter in the ongoing intellectual property battle being waged between the two companies.

  • July 9, 2009

    EU Court Cuts Archer Daniels Antitrust Fine By €10M

    After a lengthy fight, the European Union's highest court has slashed €10 million ($14 million) off a nearly €40 million ($56.2 million) fine imposed on U.S. food processing giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. by the EU for allegedly participating in a cartel to fix the price of citric acid.

  • July 9, 2009

    Senate Bill Seeks To Fry Chinese Chicken Ban

    The U.S. Senate is poised to lift a two-year-old ban on imports of chicken processed in China if federal regulators agree to step up inspections, but a similar bill that would uphold the status quo is awaiting a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives and has raised concerns from the White House.

  • July 9, 2009

    EU Court Shaves Peugeot Fine In Dutch Export Suit

    A European court has affirmed the European Commission's decision to fine Automobiles Peugeot SA based on claims that the French automaker sought to block the export of cars from its Dutch subsidiary to the rest of the continent, but shaved 10 percent off the €49.5 million ($69.2 million) penalty.

  • July 8, 2009

    Experts Push Global Pact On Carbon-Capped Trade

    U.S. industry and trade could suffer if broad carbon regulation is enacted without first laying out ground rules with key trading partners for measuring and taxing carbon impact on imports and exports, international trade experts told members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.

  • July 6, 2009

    EU Court Grants Use Of 'Dr. No' Mark Beyond Bond

    A European court has given a German company the go-ahead to use the trademark Dr. No for a line of products, despite protests from the makers of the 1962 James Bond film "Dr. No" that the mark is likely to cause confusion with the film franchise.

  • July 2, 2009

    Dutch Brewer Can Sell Bavaria Beer: EU High Court

    Europe's highest court has ruled that a Dutch brewer can continue to sell beer called Bavaria, rejecting a challenge from a group of brewers in the Bavaria region of Germany.

  • June 30, 2009

    Chemical Groups Sue Union Pacific Over Transit Rules

    Trade associations The Chlorine Institute Inc. and the American Chemistry Council have filed suit seeking to force Union Pacific Railroad Co. to drop requirements that chemical companies shoulder liability for damages or cleanup resulting from problems in the transit of certain hazardous substances.

  • July 6, 2009

    Top Fed. Circ. Rulings That Came Down Last Quarter

    The appeals court took the opportunity in the second quarter to shed some light on a number of intricate areas of patent law, including the packaging of patents into a pool and product-by-process claims. Here's a roundup of the top rulings by the Federal Circuit in April, May and June and their potential implications for IP law.

  • June 30, 2009

    Belkin Wins Bid To Move Patent Case

    A federal judge has granted Belkin Inc.'s request to transfer a patent dispute between it and Taiwan-based Aten Technology Inc. to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, despite his apparently dim view of a Belkin co-defendant's actions.

  • June 26, 2009

    Enviro Goals May Require Trade Restrictions: WTO

    The World Trade Organization should be a key forum for working out potential trade complications that stem from efforts to combat climate change, the international body said in a report issued Friday, noting that some trade restrictions may be necessary to achieve environmental goals.

  • June 26, 2009

    Enviros Urge Clinton To Reject Oil Sands Pipelines

    More than a dozen environmental groups, including ForestEthics and the Sierra Club, are urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to deny permits for proposed pipelines that would bring in oil from Canada's tar sands, arguing that the U.S. shouldn't become dependent on what has been called the dirtiest oil on Earth.

  • June 29, 2009

    Crowell Draws Antitrust Partner From Cohen Milstein

    Crowell & Moring LLP has added the former European managing partner of plaintiffs firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC as a partner in its antitrust practice.

  • June 25, 2009

    Judge Fells Forest Activists' Lumber Deal Challenge

    A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by environmental activists who claimed the Bush administration broke federal laws when it gave two timber industry-linked nonprofit groups $350 million from a settlement of a long-standing trade dispute with Canada.