Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Export Admistration Penalty for Industry Member

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced today that RF Micro Devices, Inc. (RFMD) of Greensboro, N.C. has agreed to pay a $190,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it exported spread-spectrum modems in violation of the Export Administration Regulations to the People’s Republic of China.  http://www.bis.doc.gov/news/2009/bis_press08142009.htm.   RFMD designs and manufactures high-performance semiconductor components and voluntarily disclosed these violations.   

 Although most companies doing defense department work are familiar with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is regulations, less commonly known are the The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Export Admistration Regulations governing the export of dual-use commodities, technology, and software for reasons of national security, missile technology, nuclear non-proliferation, chemical and biological weapons non-proliferation, crime control, regional stability and foreign policy.

The BIS maintains a list of products requiring an export liscense, known as the Commerce Control List (CCL). Companies working with overseas partners should be aware that CCL controls apply not only to actual products, but to designs, plans, formulas, and other types of intellectual property (IP) related to items on the CCL list.  For more information, please visit www.bis.doc.gov.

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