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April 18, 2006
A new EU WTO initiative will help businesses increase access to raw materials.
European businesses are increasingly unable to source basic raw materials locally. Instead they depend on materials extracted and processed in developing countries. Due to the extensive use of export taxes in these countries, businesses are however finding it difficult to gather sufficient supplies to keep up production. Commodity dependent industries can now put their hope to a renewed EU initiative to increase their access to raw materials. More…

Electronics
The EU, the U.S., Korea, and Taiwan have agreed to scrap all duties and charges on multi-chip integrated circuits, the new generation of semiconductors. This is good news for the world's producers of electronic devices, including mobile phones, MP3-players, personal organizers and electronic devices in cars. More…


Recent Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Enforcement-related Developments in China
In advance of the scheduled meeting of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade on April 11, China announced new proposed regulations designed to strengthen enforcement against IP infringement. More…



Cuban embargo enforcement lands Sheraton in violation of Mexican Law
A Sheraton hotel in Mexico City received a letter from the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, warning of violations of U.S. law if it hosted  Cuban guests in February. That the Sheraton in Mexico was subject to U.S. law, as a subsidiary of a U.S. company, was not surprising, but that was not the end of the matter. More…



American investors conducting business in Uruguay may soon have an additional source of protection for their foreign investments
Earlier this month the White House submitted a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) with Uruguay to the Senate for ratification. Uruguay, whose largest trading partner is the United States, ratified this treaty last December, intending to enhance bilateral relations and trade and investment ties. More…


The U.S. continues to assert jurisdiction over re-exports of U.S.-made content in non-U.S. made components
U.S. controls delay Korean business project. Korea Telecom’s efforts to connect the south with a North Korean city’s telephone grid was delayed for five months because the equipment made in Europe with U.S. content required authorization from the U.S. Department of Commerce. More…



Huge fines in QRS-11 sensor cases underscore importance of properly classifying exports
Anyone who doubts the importance of properly classifying products, technology and software before exporting them should read the State Department's charging letters to Goodrich Corporation/L-3 Communications ("Goodrich/L-3") and the Boeing Company. These two enforcement cases, imposing fines of $7 million and $15 million respectively, arose from the companies' actions involving tiny State Department-controlled QRS-11 quartz rate sensors contained in standby flight instrument systems ("CSISs") used on commercial aircraft. More…


Origin rules create risks as well as opportunities
As policy makers tout the benefits of Free Trade Agreements, many companies are considering how to establish operations to maximize the benefits of each agreement. More…



Revised International Trademark Law Treaty Adopted
WIPO member countries have adopted the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks which updates the 1994 WIPO Trademark Law Treaty to reflect changes in technology over the past decade. More…



April 27, 2006
Brian Peck will give a speach titled U.S. Trade Policy Related to Intellectual Property and Its Impact on Your IP Assets in the Global Marketplace in Tokyo, Japan.

June 20, 2006
Jeff Snyder will be speaking on customs regulation for the import and export of ITAR related items at the National Forum on ITAR Compliance in Washington, DC.

June 28-July 5, 2006
Kim Nobles will be in a panel discussion session titled, "Breaking the Piracy Food Chain" at the Global Piracy Prevention Conference in California. More…

International Asbestos Issues
The asbestos litigation crisis that has dominated the legal landscape in the US for so many years is going global. The expansion of litigation targets is accelerating, with issues arising in the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia, among others. The lessons learned by companies in the United States will play a key role in developments offshore, as courts and legislatures in other countries wrestle with the legal and policy issues that have been tested in the US. For more on the latest developments in asbestos, please be sure to read Crowell & Moring's International Asbestos Update. You may also subscribe to receive electronic alerts from Crowell & Moring on asbestos, torts law and other matters by clicking here.

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