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Restrictions Eased for Communications-Related Items Exported to Sudan

On February 18, 2015, in a coordinated action, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced and implemented changes to the...more

Supreme Court Asked to Clarify the Reach of U.S. Antitrust Laws to Foreign Conduct

On March 16, 2015, AU Optronics Corporation America Inc. (AU Optronics) and Motorola Mobility LLC separately asked the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA) and the extent to which...more

USITC Declines to Institute Investigation of Induced Patent Infringement as Unfair Method of Competition or Unfair Acts

In a recent decision, the International Trade Commission rejected a petitioner’s attempt to use allegations of unfair competition and unfair acts as a possible way of working around the Federal Circuit’s bar on claims of...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Institutes Investigation Under 100-Day Pilot Program Examining Complainant’s Standing to File...

The U.S.I.T.C. instituted its first investigation under its 100-day pilot program for early determination of a specific potentially case-dispositive issue....more

Shifting Claim Constructions Does Not Make For “Watertight” Claims

Order on Claim Construction and Partial Summary Judgment, Aquatic AV, Inc. v. Magnadyne Corp. et al., Case No. C 14-01931 (Judge William Alsup) - A patent plaintiff typically hates getting boxed into a specific meaning...more

Sony to Pay $85,000 under Decree Resolving EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Electronics Giant Allegedly Engineered Firing of Employee Because of Her Prosthetic Leg - CHICAGO - Sony Electronics, Inc. will pay $85,000 under a consent decree entered in federal court today ending a lawsuit brought...more

ITAR/EAR Amendments for Military Electronics Become Effective December 30

The amendments affecting military electronics products under Export Control Reform become effective on December 30, 2014. This will cover a large number of products in the electronics, computer, telecom and avionics...more

Motorola Oral Arguments Today – Will the Seventh Circuit Revise Its Interpretation of the FTAIA, and If so, How?

Today the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral argument from the parties and amicus curiae the United States concerning the reach of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (“FTAIA”), 15 U.S.C. § 6a, in Motorola...more

Travelers, Beware the “Darkhotel” Hacks Over Hotel Internet

Business travelers may be targeted and hacked through hotel Wi-Fi networks, according to a recent report by Kaspersky Lab. Hackers have been stealing company data from top executives at luxury hotels in an attack known as...more

New Export Control Requirement for Electronics Manufacturers in Defense and Aerospace Industries

The State and Commerce Departments recently issued significant new regulations under Export Control Reform affecting the export control requirement for military electronics. These will have a major impact on manufacturers of...more

Developments in the Capacitor Cartel Litigation: Class Counsel Appointed and the Antitrust Division Intervenes

In July, we wrote about two putative class action lawsuits alleging that Panasonic, Samsung, and other electronics manufacturers had formed a cartel to boost prices of certain electronic capacitors. Since then, the cases have...more

You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover: When Are Domestic Negotiations a “Sale” or “Offer to Sell”?

In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 2013-1472, - 1656 (October 22, 2014), the Federal Circuit concluded that there was no direct infringement when substantial activities of a sales transaction – including...more

Cartel Suits Filed Against Capacitor Manufacturers after Reports of Cooperation with Authorities

A pair of putative class actions has been filed in the past two weeks charging Panasonic, Samsung, and other electronics manufacturers with forming a cartel to boost prices in the sagging market for certain electronics...more

Rooting Out Conflict Minerals

If your company manufactures consumer electronics, avionics, or any product incorporating even trace amounts of gold, coltan, cassiterite, or wolframite— including their derivatives, tantalum, tin, and tungsten—you may need...more

"Latest US Export Control Reforms Impact Companies in the Military Electronics Industry"

On July 1, 2014, the U.S. government issued the latest in a series of ongoing reforms to the U.S. export controls on defense articles, defense services and “dual-use” items (i.e., items that have both civilian and military...more

EPA Issues Final Rule Revising RCRA Standards for Cathode Ray Tubes Exported for Reclamation

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) strengthening the standards for cathode ray tubes (CRTs) exported for reclamation....more

Proposed Counterfeit Parts Rule Would Expand Coverage to Commercial Products Sold to Any Federal Agency

On June 10, 2014 the federal government proposed to expand the coverage of the rule designed to weed out counterfeit electronic parts in products sold to the Government. The new rule, if adopted in the form proposed, would...more

“They’re Here” – What You Need to Know Now About the Chilling New DoD Counterfeit Parts Rule … and its NASA “Spinoff”

If you are a contractor that interacts with both the Department of Defense and “electronic parts,” it is time to grab the caffeinated beverage of your choice, crack open 79 FR 26,092, and begin the bone-tingling read that is...more

Gaps in New DOD Counterfeit Parts Rules Raise Compliance Questions for Contractors

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) published, on May 6, 2014, its first set of final regulations imposing specific obligations on defense contractors and their suppliers for the detection and avoidance of counterfeit...more

Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Announced

Following on the coattails of the Youngstown, Ohio, manufacturing hub, President Obama announced three more public-private manufacturing institutes – in North Carolina, Chicago and Detroit – to focus on advancing...more

Liability Insurance and a Plan Review are warranties worth paying for

The warranty in the electronics business is gravy for the retailers who sell it. You’ll be surprised how many people pay $20 to get a warranty on a $100 Blu-Ray player. When Best Buy was going national, they advertised how...more

A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace

In This Issue: - Introduction - Social Media And The Employment Relationship - Wage And Hour Considerations - Discrimination Laws - Protected Activity Laws - Applicant Screening...more

Estate Administration In A Paperless World

While our current digital, paperless world has made life more efficient for most, when someone dies, it can be difficult for the survivors to obtain the keys to unlock all of the digital information that is left behind. As a...more

FTC Settles with Device Manufacturer HTC America over Charges that HTC Products Had Security Design Flaws

In taking action against HTC America, a mobile device manufacturer, last week for alleged data security design flaws in its devices, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission demonstrated a broad view of the scope of its authority...more

RoHS 2: New Obligations for Manufacturers, Importers and Distributors from 2 January 2013

On the 2nd of January 2013, the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012 (RoHS 2) came into force in the UK. As previously reported on our blog of 18 May...more

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