US Int'l Trade Commission Hits Chinese Patent Infringers With a GEO

US Int'l Trade Commission Hits Chinese Patent Infringers With a GEO

National Products Inc. (NPI), a US company based out of Seattle, filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) against Chinese companies claiming possible patent infringement.  NPI is known for manufacturing and distributing mounting apparatuses for holding portable electronic devices known as RAM® Mounts.

Intelligence Officer Who Shared Secrets With China is Sentenced

Intelligence Officer Who Shared Secrets With China is Sentenced

On September 24, 2019, former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer Ron Rockwell Hansen was sentenced to 10-years in federal prison after pleading guilty in March 2019 to one count of attempting to gather or deliver national security information belonging to the United States to the People’s Republic of China.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ALERT – RUSSIA MAKES BOLD MOVES

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ALERT – RUSSIA MAKES BOLD MOVES

If you’re involved in international business, the country to watch right now is Russia.  Moves by the country which seems intent on isolating itself could impact your business.  Russia recently announced its plans to ban or limit agricultural imports from countries that had imposed sanctions on it.  Dmitri A. Medvedev, Russia’s prime minister, announced that “all beef, pork, fruit, vegetables and dairy products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway” would be banned for one year.

Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Focused on Hacking

Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Focused on Hacking

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 requirements results in a ban on doing any import/export-related business.  These entities violated the Government's Export Administration Regulations when they engaged in 

International Patent Decision Not Good for InterDigital Inc.

International Patent Decision Not Good for InterDigital Inc.

 

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 ITC stated that it would release the reasoning in more detail in an upcoming opinion.

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

Anti-Dumping Order is A 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 trading standards.”

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 Same.

Background

The Commission instituted the investigation on April 5, 2012 based on Align Technology, Inc’s (“Align”) complaint that

Experience and Past Performance Factors

Experience and Past Performance Factors

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 Army’s RFP stated that it would award the contract to the lowest-priced, technically acceptable offeror. As is typical in the world of government procurement, nothing is quite that simple.

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.

Inversions

The Apple issue is not an uncommon issue with large corporations.  You could replace the name Apple with almost any other famous company (Starbucks, GE, Facebook, etc.), and you’d see similar news

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 billion. This is the lowest deficit since January. Overall, the Commerce Department has reported that the growth in exports has steadily outpaced the