International Trade Agreements

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The Pacific Rim Free Trade Deal

President Obama’s controversial Pacific Rim free trade deal (“the deal”), a trade agreement to enhance trade and investment among 11 Asian Pacific countries to boost economic growth in the United States, has sparked...more

SMEs Face Big Risks without Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs

Over the past year, the highest profile Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions involved very large multinational companies (MNCs) paying very large fines: Alstom ($772 million fine), ALCOA ($384 million),...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2015

In This Issue: - Congressional Debate Begins Over Trade Promotion Authority Bill - U.S. Paper Industry Fights Unfair Imports on Several Fronts - Progress on Iran Nuclear Deal Contemplates New but Uncertain...more

Bipartisan deal results in trade promotion authority bills that could pave the way to major trade agreements

On April 16, 2015, senior lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement on a trade promotion authority bill: The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015). The bill was marked up in record...more

A Week of Trade: Congress Advances Numerous Trade Bills

This past week saw more congressional activity on trade legislation than has been seen in some time. Both houses of US Congress marked up and advanced badly needed and long-overdue legislation in a number of areas relevant to...more

Medtronic Settles Federal Lawsuit for $4.41 Million

On April 2, 2015, the United States Department of Justice announced that Medtronic, a medical device manufacturer based in Ireland, reached a settlement agreement with the United States government for $4.41 million over...more

Africa Update - March 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the News: Nigeria - On March 6th,...more

International Trade: Sanctions and Export Controls - The Importance of Trade Compliance

Compliance with international sanctions and export control regulation is a significant issue for companies and their legal and compliance teams. Recent significant sanctions enforcement actions, large fines and resulting...more

Mainbrace - January 2015 No. 1

In this issue: - A Sea Change Sweeps over Congress: A Look Back and a Look Ahead - Shipping & International Trade Law (Second Edition 2015) - Congress Passes Coast Guard Bill in Waning Hours of 113th...more

"Important but Frequently Overlooked Reporting Requirements for Inbound and Outbound Direct Investment Involving US Entities"

Pursuant to the requirements of the International Investment and Trade and Services Survey Act and related statutes, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) collects information on international...more

United States Imposes Duties Against Unfairly Traded Imports Of Non-Oriented Electrical Steel Clint Long

On November 6, the U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) determined that imports of non-oriented electrical steel (NOES) from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan have materially injured the sole U.S....more

US Presidential Permits for cross-border infrastructure

As the U.S.'s international trade in energy grows, so too has interest in the process for securing a federally required approval known as a Presidential Permit. The construction, operation, and maintenance of...more

Trans Pacific Partnership Negotiations Struggling

As election season kicks into high gear, one thing is clear: there will not be any movement on manufacturing legislative policies on Capitol Hill until the “lame duck” session in December, if then. On the campaign trail,...more

Doing Business in the United States

In This Book: - Choice Of A Business Entity - Introduction To Federal Securities Laws - From Let’s Go Shopping To Closing: M&A Process In The United States - Employment Considerations -...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Commerce Department Action on Solar Trade Case - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce -...more

China Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S-China Relations - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: 6th Round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue On July 9-10, Secretary of...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - July 2014

Yemen Becomes the 160th Member of the WTO - Yemen became the 160th and newest member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on June 26 – 30 days after depositing its "Instrument of Acceptance." WTO Members approved...more

Commerce Issues Preliminary Determination Finding Chinese Solar Producers Receive Countervailable Subsidies

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determined on June 3 that the Chinese government subsidizes the production and export of crystalline silicon photovoltaic solar cells (solar cells), as well as modules,...more

Cross-Border Insolvency Proceedings: Recent Chapter 15 Filings in the United States

It is not surprising that the amount of Chapter 15 bankruptcy filings is growing in the global economy. Chapter 15 was added to the Bankruptcy Code by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. It is...more

Exporters Pushing Back On Threats of Further Sanctions on Russia

Until recently, American trade associations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers have made their opposition to the imposition of further sanctions on Russia known to the...more

Solar Installer Alert: New Countervailing Duties on Imports of Chinese Solar Products Take Effect June 10, 2014

The U.S. International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce (“ITA”) made the preliminary countervailing duty (“CVD”) rates announced last week effective today, June 10, in a published notice, 79 Fed. Reg....more

Proposed Legislation Seeks to Limit Patent Trolls’ Access to ITC Investigations

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, U.S. Congressmen Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) introduced legislation aimed at reducing the ability of patent trolls to initiate ITC investigations....more

US China Trade War Newsletter

Dear Friends, There have been major developments in the trade, solar cells, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. REASON FOR THIS NEWSLETTER - Some readers have commented that this newsletter is...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2014 (#2)

In This Issue: - Downturn in Chinese Economy May Be Triggering An Export Surge - EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion In FY 2014 Clean Water And Drinking Water State...more

Do the USPTO 101 Guidelines Violate International Trade Agreements?

One advantage of being a blogger in the relatively small world of patents is that I have gotten to know practitioners in other countries who also have a keen interest in patent law. One such person is Australian Registered...more

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