The U.S. International Trade Commission, on Friday, overturned an administrative law judge’s order temporarily suspending U.S. Steel‘s 337 petition seeking to block all Chinese carbon and alloy steel products from entering the U.S. market.
The move comes ahead of a meeting of senior US and Chinese officials in Beijing next week. U.S. Steel, in late April, filed the case under the Section 337 rule, which allows trade sanctions for intellectual property theft.
It alleged that some four dozen Chinese companies and their U.S. subsidiaries had both acted as a cartel and benefited from the cyber theft of its production secrets.
The ITC gave the go-ahead for the case to proceed, setting the stage for a legal battle that experts say could probably take more than a year for an administrative judge to decide.