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Patents: China's Draft Patent Law Revisions Boost Enforcement; IP Anti-Monopoly Guide Done

08/17/12 - By Michael Standaert - SHENZHEN, China—China's State Intellectual Property Office has released draft revisions to the Patent Law that are expected to address patent enforcement challenges, particularly administrative enforcement issues related to patent infringement, according to a statement from its official website on Aug. 9....

International Trade: Customs Union Negotiating Trade Deals With Nonmembers, Russia's Lavrov Says

08/17/12 - By Sergei Blagov - MOSCOW—A top Russian official pledged that the Customs Union of Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan will continue to negotiate free trade agreements with countries outside the union, the Foreign Ministry announced Aug. 16...

Export Controls: BIS Posts Comments on Rules For ‘Specially Designed,' Transition

08/16/12 - By Len Bracken - The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security posted comment letters the week of Aug. 6, responding to the proposed rules on the definition of “specially designed” and on the transition-related regulations that will be required as part of the export control reform initiative...

EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Team Announces Plans to List Chemicals

08/16/12 - EPA has announced plans to post on the EPA/Design for the Environment (DfE) website a list of chemicals that are acceptable for use in DfE-labeled products. The Agency explains that its intent is for this list to serve as a resource for product formulators and consumers, to increase...

EPA Issues Significant New Use Rules on 25 Chemical Substances

08/16/12 - EPA is promulgating significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 25 chemical substances which were the subject of ...

International Trade: China Issues New Rare Earth Industry Rules; Production Capacity Could Be Cut 20 Percent

08/14/12 - By Michael Standaert - SHENZHEN, China—China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released new rules for rare earth producers on Aug. 6 that could lead to cuts in production capacity of about 20 percent as smaller players in the industry are forced out due to the more stringent requirements, according to official statements...

Intellectual Property: USTR to Seek Comment for 2012 Review Of Physical, Internet ‘Notorious Markets'

08/14/12 - The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is set to publish Aug. 14 a Federal Register notice seeking public comment for its review of “notorious markets” that violate U.S. intellectual property rights...

International Trade: Single Market Access Schedule to Result From Multiple Separate Negotiations in TPP

08/13/12 - By Amy Tsui - The Trans-Pacific Partnership group of nine countries will be negotiating a single market access schedule, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative spokeswoman Carol Guthrie told BNA Aug. 9.

Casey Committee Reports Rise In Intellectual Property Theft

08/12/12 - Infringement of U.S. intellectual property holders' rights has increased, causing increasing harm to the U.S. economy, according to a report issued Aug. 13 by staffers of a joint congressional committee...

International Trade: Taiwan, China Sign Pacts on Protection For Investments, Cooperation on Customs

08/10/12 - By Yu-Tzu Chiu - TAIPEI—Taiwan and China Aug. 9 signed an investment protection pact and a customs cooperation agreement in Taipei, further facilitating economic exchange, according to Taiwan's semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF)...
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