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Trade Alert: New Antidumping (AD) and Countervailing Duty (CVD) Petitions on Certain Tin Mill Products from Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom

On January 18, 2023, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, filed a petition to impose (a) antidumping (AD) duties on imports of Certain Tin Mill Products from Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom; and, (b) countervailing … Continue Reading

BIS Amends EAR to Apply Recent Advanced Computer and Semiconductor Export Controls to Macau

On January 18, 2023, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register an Interim Final Rule, 88 Fed. Reg. 2821, amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730-774) by adding Macau to the recent controls implemented on certain advanced computing and semiconductor manufacturing items destined for … Continue Reading

BIS ISSUES FIRST FAQS FOR CHINESE SUPERCOMPUTERING AND SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING EXPORT CONTROLS

On Friday, October 28, 2022, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued its first Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the Interim Final Rule, 87 Fed. Reg. 61286, entitled “Implementation of Additional Export Controls: Certain Advanced Computing and Semiconductor Manufacturing Items; Supercomputer and Semiconductor End Use; Entity List Modification.” These FAQs cover … Continue Reading

Failure to Follow the Rules Dooms Requests for ITC Sanctions

The U.S. International Trade Commission is a popular venue for patent litigation under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. The ITC’s unique rules, however, can catch inexperienced counsel off guard. Our colleagues, Adam Hess and Alex Wolcott, review a recent decision emphasizing the need to know and understand the ITC’s rules regarding sanctions. … Continue Reading

Proposed Rule Would Require Government Contractors to Disclose Climate-Related Risks

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration released the Federal Supplier Climate Risks and Resilience Proposed Rule (also known as the Gas Emissions and Climate-Related Financial Risk Proposed Rule), which would require contractors of the federal government to disclose their climate-related risks. Of particular note: Under the proposed rule: Federal contractors receiving more than $50 million in annual contracts … Continue Reading

BIS Implements New Chinese Supercomputer and Semiconductor Manufacturing Export Controls

On Thursday, October 13, 2022, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register an Interim Final Rule, 87 Fed. Reg. 62186, amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR parts 730-774) to impose new export controls on Chinese advanced computing integrated circuits (ICs), computer commodities containing such … Continue Reading

Executive Order on CFIUS Review Factors Provides Insights into Heightened CFIUS Risks Faced by Specific Activities

On September 15, 2022, President Biden signed an Executive Order 14083 (the “Order”), titled “Ensuring Robust Consideration of Evolving National Security Risks by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States” (87 Fed. Reg. 57369). The Order does not expand the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ (“CFIUS” or the “Committee”) authority … Continue Reading

CFIUS Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines

On October 20, 2022, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) released its first non-binding Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines (“Guidelines”), providing clarity to parties on how CFIUS approaches violations of the mandatory filing requirements, mitigation agreements, or material misstatements, omissions, or false certifications made to CFIUS.  (For details about CFIUS, transactions subject … Continue Reading

BIS Updates Policy Regarding Enforcement of Antiboycott Rules 

On October 7, 2022, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register (87 Fed. Reg. 60890) a final rule updating its guidance regarding BIS’s penalty determinations in the settlement of administrative enforcement cases involving violations of the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The final rule … Continue Reading

BIS Issues New Export Controls on Russia and Belarus

On Friday, September 16, 2022, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a Final Rule, 87 Fed Reg. 57068, amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR parts 730-774) to impose several new controls on exports, reexports, and transfers (in-country) of items to or within Russia … Continue Reading

Upcoming/New CFIUS Filing: Yuhan Optoelectronic Technology Co., Ltd. and Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.

Status:  Upcoming/New Filing Acquirer: Yuhan Optoelectronic Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (China) Acquired: Manufacturing facilities located in the People’s Republic of China and certain assets related to the transceiver business and multi-channel optical sub-assembly products of Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (United States) Value: $150 million Industry Tags: Telecommunications; Electronics Design & Manufacturing… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Compliance on U.S. Government Contracts and Subcontracts

The U.S. Department of Justice announced late last year that it would utilize the False Claims Act, the U.S. government’s primary civil tool to redress false claims for federal funds and property, to bring actions against U.S. government contractors and subcontractors who do not meet the cybersecurity requirements of a particular contract or grant.  DOJ … Continue Reading

BIS Proposes Designating Automated Peptide Synthesizers as a Section 1758 Technology 

On September 13, 2022, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register (87 FR 55930) an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) and request for comments regarding certain instruments for the automated synthesis of peptides (automated peptide synthesizers). This proposed rule seeks to identify such automated peptide synthesizers … Continue Reading

Recent Regulatory Developments: Expanding Control Exemption for Standard-Setting to All on Entity List—Analysis 

Under an interim rule published in the Federal Register on Friday, September 9, 2022, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) is loosening restrictions on the sharing of specific technology with blacklisted firms, to maintain the United States’ lead in setting international standards. Under that rule, no license will be required to export certain … Continue Reading

BIS Issues Rule on Export Controls for Semiconductor and Gas Turbine Technologies

On August 12, 2022, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security issued an interim final rule establishing new export controls on four technologies that support the production of advanced semiconductors and gas turbines. The agency has determined Gallium Oxide and diamond, Electronic Computer-Aided Design (ECAD) software specially designed for the development of … Continue Reading

A New Look at US Sanctions and Practical Guidelines for Compliance (Encore presentation on the West Coast) – September 29, 2022

Join us in person at the Embassy Suites Santa Clara – Silicon Valley on September 29 to hear from this select panel of high-level government and industry policy leaders who will explore emerging sanctions and embargoes compliance trends in 2022 and beyond to include: BIS/OFAC Panel on Advancing U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security through … Continue Reading

A New Look at US Sanctions and Practical Guidelines for Compliance – September 26, 2022

Join us in person at the Schar School of Policy and Government at the George Mason University Arlington Campus on September 26 to hear from this select panel of high-level government and industry policy leaders who will explore emerging sanctions and embargoes compliance trends in 2022 and beyond to include: BIS/OFAC Panel on Advancing U.S. … Continue Reading

BIS Proposes New US Export Controls on Marine Toxins

On May 23, 2022, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule and request for comments. This proposed rule seeks to amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR parts 730-774) by adding four dual-use biological toxins to Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) 1C351 on … Continue Reading
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