U.S. Department of Commerce Seeks Comments from U.S. Businesses on Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in Foreign Markets

U.S. Department of Commerce Seeks Comments from U.S. Businesses on Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in Foreign Markets

Summary

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 foreign markets.

The deadline for comments is Friday, October 28, 2010.

Discussion
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:

  • Identify specific challenges businesses face in protecting their intellectual property rights abroad.
  • In what countries or regions do businesses need the most assistance protecting their IP rights?
  • Which specific types of intellectual property (i.e., copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets) present the most challenges?
  • Identify specific existing programs provided by the U.S. Government or governments of other countries that have been particularly effective in assisting U.S. businesses with protecting their intellectual property rights in foreign markets. If possible, include specific examples illustrating the effectiveness of those methods.
  • What additional role(s) should the U.S. Government play in assisting businesses with the protection of their intellectual property rights abroad?

The full list of questions/issues is provided in Federal Register Notice. The DOC's full notice can be viewed in the attached document.

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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