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Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on August 30, 2017

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.  This tactical move comes as a response to accusations that Russia has and continues to provide weaponry and other types of violent support to pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine.  Russia fervently denies the accusation and has stated the bans are being imposed with “the goal of guaranteeing the security of the Russian Federation” and asks for “measures to guard against quick price hikes.”

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Topics: International Law

Interdigital Loses On International Patent Issue…Again

Posted by Brandon Selinsky on January 12, 2015

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.

The International Trade Commission’s Powerful Role

The ITC is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency that lends its trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches. It has become the focus of this international patent dispute (and others like it) because it has the authority to block imports made overseas that violate U.S. intellectual property rights. Thus, it holds special power over large multi-national companies involved in patent disputes because it can ultimately block the U.S. as a revenue source.

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Topics: International Law

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

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on December 22, 2014

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.”

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Topics: International Law

Maine, International Trade, and Lobster

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on November 22, 2014

What do Maine, International Trade, and Lobster have in common?

When one thinks of Maine, a few things come to mind: fresh lobster, cold winters, its beautiful coastline bordering the Atlantic Ocean.  Next on the list: international trade?  While it’s not currently the first thing to pop into the mind when thinking about Maine, that could soon change.  Maine has a strong international trade center, aptly named the Maine International Trade Center (MITC), which was recently approved by the federal government to receive a grant of over $800K to promote exports from and attract foreign investment to Maine.

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Topics: International Law

Researching International Business Customs Before the Trip

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on October 5, 2014

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.

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Topics: International Law

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