International Law

International Law

Are Incontestable Trademarks Contestable?


Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Focused on Hacking

Don’t Be Like Those Guys

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has added five Russian entities to the Entities List that are now prohibited from doing business with the United States because they are involved in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy of the United States.  This is meant to be a “tongue-in-cheek” reminder that the Federal government has export licensing requirements and the failure to follow these

USCOFC Overturns CVE Determination Revoking SDVOSB Status

Should you protest a CVE determination with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims?

A negative CVE determination can be devastating to your company.  On October 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims granted construction company Ambuild’s summary judgment motion in its protest against the CVE and the VA’s OSBDU.  According to the case Ambuild Co. LLC v. United States, the protest began after Ambuild successfully bid on a VA issued construction project

Interdigital Loses On International Patent Issue…Again

Inside an ITC International Patent Dispute

Last week, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) upheld, with modifications, its Administrative Law Judge’s (“ALJ”) June findings that neither ZTE Corp.’s devices nor Nokia’s phones (now made by Microsoft Corp.) violated InterDigital Inc.’s international patent rights. The ITCstated that it would release the reasoning in more detail in an upcoming opinion.

Anti-Dumping Order is An International Trade Win For U.S Steel Pipe Makers

Why do anti-dumping measures benefit U.S. steel manufacturers?

On August 22nd, U.S. Steel producers were handed a big win in an international trade case against six nations for dumping gas and oil pipe onto the United States market.  This decision comes after a complaint was filed last year by U.S. steel companies against foreign manufacturers who were, according to the U.S., “negatively impacting the U.S. steel production companies with their unfair

U.S. ITC Issues Groundbreaking Stay on Cease and Desist

Why did the USITC issue a stay on a cease and desist order?

On June 11, 2014, the United States International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a stay of a cease and desist order (“CDO”) for the first time in its history. The stay was issued in In the Matter of Certain Digital Models, Digital Data, and Treatment Plans for Use in Making Incremental Dental Positioning Adjustment Appliances, the Appliances Made Therefrom, and Methods of Making the

Experience and Past Performance Factors: Technically Acceptable When Essentially Absent

It appears that no past performance and old experience can still rise to the level of "technically acceptable."

Recently, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) returned from the Labor Day Holiday to determine whether the Department of the Army properly picked its role play partner. The Army’s Request for Proposals (“RFP”) sought offers to provide civilians the chance to perform battlefield role-player services for military exercises. The

What is a Tax Inversion & Can it Save your Company Money?

Apple, Inc. made headlines this year when it managed to avoid over $70 million in taxes that the U.S. said the company owed to the federal government. Estimates vary as to the amount of money Apple keeps offshore, but the numbers are consistently in the billions of dollars range.  In fact, forty and fifty billion dollars are numbers seen in some recent news stories on international tax.


The Apple issue is not an uncommon issue with large

Decrease in Trade Deficit: Good News For U.S. Exporters

What is a decrease in the trade deficit and what does it mean for U.S. Jobs Numbers?

Businesses involved in international trade were pretty happy recently when the Commerce Department announced that the total July exports of $198.0 billion and imports of $238.6 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $40.5 billion, down from the $40.8 billion in June.

More specifically, July imports were $1.6 billion more than June imports of $237.0