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 ITC stated that it would release the reasoning in more detail in an upcoming opinion.
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.
What is a tax inversion and 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.
International Business Customs in Business Practices
If you’re engaged in international business, chances are at some point, you’ll need to travel to the country in which you have or conduct business. Whether it’s China, Russia, Vietnam, France, or some other country, knowing the international business customs is imperative. In fact, since English is the business language for most countries, it is often more important than knowing the local language. There are some unique international business customs around the world and today’s blog seeks to highlight just a few of them.
What does it take to win an intellectual property battle?
Apple, Inc. presents a host of interesting case studies for anyone involved in international business, particularly in the area of international intellectual property law. Anyone that’s read Walter Isaacson’s book on Steve Jobs or otherwise followed the company knows that Steve Jobs was passionate, if not fanatical, about the quality and presentation of Apple products. The look and feel of the products themselves, the packing, and eventually the Apple stores, were all designed with a level of detail arguably matched by no other company.
Canada’s Franchise Disclosure Legislation
Due to its proximity to the United States, expanding operations into Canada is a natural progression for many companies, particularly those based out of northern states. Despite its physical proximity, businesses expanding into Canada still face the challenges of conducting an international business. One such challenge is knowing and ensuring compliance with foreign laws; consulting with an attorney is always recommended if you want to move past our northern border.
US-China Relations: Where the Rubber Meets for the Road
US-China relations is a fascinating case study in international law. The two superpowers seem to butt heads on everything. From trade rules to human rights, it seems more newsworthy when the two countries agree than when they disagree. Recent news foreshadowed what may be the next source of tension between the countries: tires. The US International Trade Commission (US ITC) voted to begin an investigation into possible “dumping” of tires imported from China.
Will WTO ruling intensify or lessen Chinese-U.S. tensions?
The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body issued a decision this week in an appeal by China to overturn a U.S. law, Public Law 112 – 99, as inconsistent with international trade rules. Who won? It depends on who you ask, although both sides have issued statements claiming victory. The U.S. rule stands, but the body ruled in favor of China on another related issue.