The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is seeking comments from the public
(including small and medium-sized companies) designed to help shape government
programs for protecting intellectual property rights of U.S. businesses in
The deadline for comments is Friday, October 28, 2010.
The DOC is conducting a comprehensive review of existing U.S. Government
efforts to educate, guide and provide resources to U.S. businesses seeking to
protect their IP rights in foreign markets. Companies that should consider
submitting comments to the DOC are companies that are: acquiring IP property
rights in foreign markets; exporting IP-based products; entering foreign
markets or facing difficulties entering foreign markets; or encountering
difficulties enforcing their IP rights in foreign markets.
Companies are invited to comment on any IP protection issue they face in a
foreign market. However, the DOC also has posed a number of questions and
information requests for companies to consider commenting on, including:
The full list of questions/issues is provided in Federal
Register Notice. The DOC's full notice can be viewed in the attached
If you have any questions concerning the DOC's Notice or would like assistance
in filing any comments with the DOC, please contact your attorney at Brinks
Hofer Gilson & Lione.
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