Government Programs to Assist Businesses Protect Their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Foreign Markets; Notice of Extension of Comment Period, 68325-68327 [2010-27942]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 214 / Friday, November 5, 2010 / Notices Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR part 351, in general. See Initiation Notice. We received no response from the domestic industry by the deadline date. See 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(i). As a result, the Department has determined that no domestic party intends to participate in the sunset reviews. See 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(iii)(A). On September 21, 2010, the Department notified the International Trade Commission in writing that we intended to issue a revocation of the antidumping duty orders. See 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(iii)(B)(2). DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Revocation SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 751(c)(3)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(iii)(B)(3), if no domestic interested parties respond to a notice of initiation, the Department shall, within 90 days after the initiation of the review, revoke the order. Because no domestic interested party filed a notice of intent to participate in any of the reviews, the Department finds that no domestic interested party is participating in the reviews. Thus, we are revoking the orders on certain stainless steel buttweld pipe fittings from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Effective Date of Revocation Pursuant to sections 751(c)(3)(A) and 751(c)(6)(A)(iii) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.222(i)(2)(i), the Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to terminate the suspension of liquidation of the merchandise subject to these orders entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, on or after October 20, 2010, the fifth anniversary of the date of publication of the last continuation notice. Entries of subject merchandise prior to the effective date of revocation will continue to be subject to suspension of liquidation and antidumping and deposit requirements. The Department will complete any pending administrative reviews of these orders and will conduct administrative reviews of subject merchandise entered prior to the effective date of revocation in response to appropriately-filed requests for review. This five-year (‘‘sunset’’) review and this notice are in accordance with section 751(c) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: November 1, 2010. Paul Piquado, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. 2010–28025 Filed 11–4–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:16 Nov 04, 2010 Jkt 223001 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA006 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements; Public Workshops National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of workshop. AGENCY: NMFS, Alaska Region, will present a workshop on seaLandings, a consolidated electronic means of reporting landings and production of commercial groundfish to multiple management agencies for Federal and State fisheries off Alaska, and 2011 recordkeeping and reporting requirements for the Alaska groundfish fisheries and Individual Fishing Quota fisheries. DATES: The workshop will be held on November 29, 2010, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Standard Time. ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the Swedish Cultural Center located at 1920 Dexter Ave., N. Seattle, WA, in the Svea Room located on the Main level. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Hall, 907–586–7462. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The workshop will include a discussion of 2011 recordkeeping and reporting requirements for Alaska groundfish fisheries and Individual Fishing Quota fisheries, and instructions for completing and submitting required reports and logbooks using seaLandings. NMFS will provide a demonstration of the new version of seaLandings for atsea catcher/processors and motherships, and training on how to submit daily production reports, and landing reports with and without Individual Fishing Quota. Beginning in 2011, new regulations implementing Amendment 91 to the Fishery Management Plan for groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area require American Fisheries Act catcher/processors and any catcher/processor harvesting Community Development Quota pollock to use a NMFS approved electronic logbook in lieu of using the NMFS catcher/processor trawl gear Daily Fishing Logbook. At this workshop, NMFS will provide a demonstration of the trawl catcher/processor electronic logbook in seaLandings. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68325 Special Accommodations These workshops will be physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Susan Hall, 907– 586–7462, at least 5 working days prior to the meeting date. Dated: November 2, 2010. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–28065 Filed 11–4–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [ITA–2010–0006] Government Programs to Assist Businesses Protect Their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Foreign Markets; Notice of Extension of Comment Period Office of Intellectual Property Rights, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Extension of Comment Period. AGENCY: The International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a request for written submissions in the Federal Register of September 30, 2010 (ITA–2010–0006) concerning government programs for protecting the intellectual property rights of U.S. businesses in foreign markets. See 75 FR 60408, Sep. 30, 2010. The agency is conducting a comprehensive review of existing U.S. efforts and seeks public input. This document extends the comment period from October 29, 2010 to November 29, 2010. Comments may be submitted as instructed in the original Federal Register Notice. See ADDRESSES. ITA is taking this action in response to requests for an extension to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments. DATES: Submissions must be received on or before Monday, November 29, 2010. ADDRESSES: All comments should be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal, http://www.regulations.gov, docket number ITA–2010–0006. To submit comments to http:// www.regulations.gov, find the docket by entering the number ITA–2010–0006 in the ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID’’ window at the http://www.regulations.gov home page and click ‘‘Search.’’ The site will provide a search-results page listing all SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 68326 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 214 / Friday, November 5, 2010 / Notices documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice by selecting ‘‘Notice’’ under ‘‘Document Type’’ on the left side of the searchresults page, and click on the link entitled ‘‘Submit a comment.’’ (For further information on using the http:// www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on ‘‘How to Use This Site’’ on the left side of the home page). The http://www.regulations.gov site provides the option of submitting comments by filling in a ‘‘Type comment & Upload file’’ field, or by attaching a document. Attached documents are preferable. If a document is attached, please type ‘‘IPR Assistance Review’’ in the ‘‘Type comment & Upload file’’ field. Submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) are preferred. If the submission is in an application other than those two, please indicate the name of the application in the ‘‘Comments’’ field. Submissions must be in English. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions on the submission of comments, please contact Christine Peterson at (202) 482–1432 or Andrea Cornwell at (202) 482–0998. Publication and Confidential Information: Submissions filed in response to this request will be made available to the public by posting them on the Internet. For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. If you have confidential business information that would support your recommendation or that you believe would help the U.S. Government formulate an effective enforcement strategy, please let us know, and we may request that additional information. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the Federal Register of September 30, 2010, ITA published a notice for request for comments with a 30-day comment period. The Agency received and considered requests for an extension of the comment period and extended the comment period for 30 days until November 29, 2010. The text of the original notice appears below. The Department of Commerce invites public input and participation in shaping government programs for protecting the intellectual property rights of U.S. businesses, including Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), in foreign markets. As evidenced by the launch of the President’s National Export Initiative, improving U.S. Government support for VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:16 Nov 04, 2010 Jkt 223001 U.S. business in overseas markets is an Administration priority. Unfortunately, American exporters face various barriers to entry in overseas markets including barriers related to intellectual property rights. In coordination with the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (‘‘IPEC’’) and to implement certain action items in the 2010 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement submitted to Congress by the IPEC, the Department of Commerce is conducting a comprehensive review of existing U.S. Government efforts to educate, guide, and provide resources to U.S. businesses that are: 1. Acquiring intellectual property rights in foreign markets; 2. Contemplating exporting intellectual property-based products or choosing markets for export; 3. Actively entering foreign markets or facing difficulties entering foreign markets; or 4. Encountering difficulties enforcing their intellectual property rights in foreign markets. The goal of the review is to improve efforts to support U.S. businesses facing barriers related to intellectual property rights protection and enforcement in overseas markets. The Department of Commerce is hereby requesting written submissions from the public. In responding, please consider the questions and information requests posed below, but do not limit comments to these areas. 1. Describe your level of familiarity with intellectual property rights in general and intellectual property rights in foreign markets in particular. 2. Identify specific challenges businesses, including SMEs, face in protecting their intellectual property rights abroad. 3. In what countries or regions do businesses need the most assistance protecting their intellectual property rights? In responding please prioritize any countries identified. 4. Which specific types of intellectual property (copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets) present the most challenges to SMEs? Should U.S. government programs focus on specific areas of intellectual property protection? 5. Suggest particular outreach, programs or assistance that the government can provide that would help U.S. businesses overcome those challenges. 6. Describe your familiarity with or use of current U.S. Government services and tools related to IPR protection and enforcement in foreign markets, and assess their usefulness and/or gaps. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7. Assess the adequacy of the intellectual property resources, tools, services and programs that the U.S. government currently provides to SMEs. 8. What specific outreach formats (e.g., conferences, webinars, publications, podcasts) work best for educating U.S. businesses on how to protect their IPR abroad? 9. Identify specific existing programs provided by the U.S. Government or governments of other countries that have been particularly effective at assisting U.S. businesses with protecting their intellectual property rights in foreign markets (including, if possible, specific examples illustrating the effectiveness of those methods). 10. Identify specific existing programs involving cooperation between stakeholders and the U.S. Government (or between stakeholders and other governments) that have been particularly effective at assisting SMEs with the protection of their IP in foreign markets. 11. What additional role(s) should the government play in assisting businesses with the protection of their intellectual property rights abroad? 12. Identify additional resources and tools the U.S. Government could provide to support SMEs as they enforce their intellectual property rights in foreign markets. 13. Identify the most effective and efficient ways to inform U.S. businesses of new and existing government offerings that support U.S. businesses in their efforts to protect their intellectual property abroad. 14. In a recent report by the International Trade Commission, combining resources through trade associations or through less formal groups was one strategy SMEs suggested to reduce trade barriers. Describe ways the government can support SMEs as they pool resources to combat infringement abroad. It is difficult to overstate the value of intellectual property rights (IPR) to innovation, investment and economic development for U.S. businesses. Intellectual property rights are also critical to our small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The U.S. Chamber of Commerce 1 estimates that IPintensive industries employ 18 million Americans, and the Small Business Administration has estimated that SMEs alone employ half of Americans and account for 65 percent 2 of new jobs. 1 Global Intellectual Property Center, Intellectual Property: Creating Jobs, Saving Lives, Improving the World, 2009. 2 Karen Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), speech at ‘‘Jobs on E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 214 / Friday, November 5, 2010 / Notices The theft of IP from SMEs is a serious matter, as it stifles innovation, slows economic growth, weakens the competitiveness of U.S. employers, and threatens American jobs. Intellectual property theft at the hands of foreign companies, consumers, and even governments, has an adverse impact on all IP-based innovation and economic success. SMEs are particularly vulnerable because they are at a distinct disadvantage when confronting these difficulties in foreign markets. The Department of Commerce’s priorities include ensuring that intellectual property remains a viable driver or innovation, and that our IP-based industries can compete effectively in the international marketplace. Commerce Bureaus, namely the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the International Trade Administration (ITA), work alongside the IPEC and the agencies involved in intellectual property rights enforcement to help businesses secure and enforce intellectual property rights at home and abroad. To educate and assist all businesses, and SMEs in particular, the Department of Commerce has developed a number of IPR tools and resources. ITA, on behalf of U.S. intellectual property agencies, launched a Web site in 2004 (http://www.stopfakes.gov) to provide updates and links to Executive Branch IPR programs. On the Web site, there are additional resources for businesses such as an online IPR tutorial, which is available in three languages, countryspecific IPR toolkits and links to other resources such as the American Bar Association’s International IP Advisory Program. The site also allows businesses to file complaints about IPR-related trade problems, which are answered by a trade specialist from ITA. The Department of Commerce also established the 1–866–999–HALT hotline answered by PTO IPR experts, who work with ITA’s Office of Intellectual Property Rights (OIPR) to help businesses secure and enforce their IPR through international treaties. Though this list is non-exhaustive, U.S. agencies recognize that there may be additional government tools and support on IPR protection and enforcement that could assist U.S. exporters. Main Street, Customers Around the World’’ event hosted by USTR 01–21–10. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:16 Nov 04, 2010 Jkt 223001 Dated: Monday, November 1, 2010. Skip Jones, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Trade Agreements and Compliance, Market Access and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. [FR Doc. 2010–27942 Filed 11–4–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DA–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–533–502] Certain Welded Carbon Steel Standard Pipes and Tubes From India: Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: In response to requests from interested parties, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain welded carbon steel standard pipes and tubes from India. The period of review is May 1, 2009, through April 30, 2010. As a result of withdrawal of the requests for review, the Department is rescinding this review. SUMMARY: DATES: Effective Date: November 5, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Romani or Minoo Hatten, AD/ CVD Operations, Office 5, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0198 or (202) 482– 1690, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On June 30, 2010, and in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(g) and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(1), we published a notice of initiation of an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain welded carbon steel standard pipes and tubes from India. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Requests for Revocation in Part, 75 FR 37759 (June 30, 2010). Based on various requests for review, we initiated reviews of Lloyds Group and all affiliates (including but not limited to Lloyds Metals & Engineers Ltd. and Lloyds Steel Industries Ltd.) (collectively, Lloyds) and Ushdev International Ltd. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68327 Rescission of Review In accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), the Department will rescind an administrative review, ‘‘in whole or in part, if a party that requested a review withdraws the request within 90 days of the date of publication of notice of initiation of the requested review. The Secretary may extend this time limit if the Secretary decides that it is reasonable to do so.’’ On October 14, 2010, the U.S. Steel Corporation withdrew its request for a review of the order with respect to Lloyds and Ushdev International Ltd. Lloyds withdrew its request for review on October 18, 2010. Although the parties submitted letters withdrawing their review requests after the 90-day regulatory deadline, the Department finds it is reasonable to extend the deadline for withdrawing review requests because it has not yet devoted significant time or resources to the review. Because we received no other requests for review of Lloyds, we are rescinding the administrative review of the order with respect to Lloyds Group and all affiliates, Lloyds Metals & Engineers Ltd., and Lloyds Steel Industries Ltd. Because we received no other requests for review of Ushdev International Ltd., we are also rescinding the review with respect to Ushdev International Ltd. This rescission is in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1). The Department intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions to U.S. Customs and Border Protection 15 days after publication of this notice. Notifications This notice serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Department’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties. This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning destruction of proprietary information disclosed under an APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[ITA-2010-0006]


Government Programs to Assist Businesses Protect Their 
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Foreign Markets; Notice of 
Extension of Comment Period

AGENCY: Office of Intellectual Property Rights, International Trade 
Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of Extension of Comment Period.

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SUMMARY: The International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. 
Department of Commerce issued a request for written submissions in the 
Federal Register of September 30, 2010 (ITA-2010-0006) concerning 
government programs for protecting the intellectual property rights of 
U.S. businesses in foreign markets. See 75 FR 60408, Sep. 30, 2010. The 
agency is conducting a comprehensive review of existing U.S. efforts 
and seeks public input. This document extends the comment period from 
October 29, 2010 to November 29, 2010. Comments may be submitted as 
instructed in the original Federal Register Notice. See ADDRESSES. ITA 
is taking this action in response to requests for an extension to allow 
interested persons additional time to submit comments.

DATES: Submissions must be received on or before Monday, November 29, 
2010.

ADDRESSES: All comments should be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal, http://www.regulations.gov, docket number ITA-2010-0006. To 
submit comments to http://www.regulations.gov, find the docket by 
entering the number ITA-2010-0006 in the ``Enter Keyword or ID'' window 
at the http://www.regulations.gov home page and click ``Search.'' The 
site will provide a search-results page listing all

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documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice 
by selecting ``Notice'' under ``Document Type'' on the left side of the 
search-results page, and click on the link entitled ``Submit a 
comment.'' (For further information on using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on 
the Web site by clicking on ``How to Use This Site'' on the left side 
of the home page).
    The http://www.regulations.gov site provides the option of 
submitting comments by filling in a ``Type comment & Upload file'' 
field, or by attaching a document. Attached documents are preferable. 
If a document is attached, please type ``IPR Assistance Review'' in the 
``Type comment & Upload file'' field. Submissions in Microsoft Word 
(.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) are preferred. If the submission is in 
an application other than those two, please indicate the name of the 
application in the ``Comments'' field. Submissions must be in English.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions on the submission of 
comments, please contact Christine Peterson at (202) 482-1432 or Andrea 
Cornwell at (202) 482-0998.
    Publication and Confidential Information: Submissions filed in 
response to this request will be made available to the public by 
posting them on the Internet. For this reason, please do not include in 
your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive 
personal information or proprietary information. If you have 
confidential business information that would support your 
recommendation or that you believe would help the U.S. Government 
formulate an effective enforcement strategy, please let us know, and we 
may request that additional information.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the Federal Register of September 30, 
2010, ITA published a notice for request for comments with a 30-day 
comment period. The Agency received and considered requests for an 
extension of the comment period and extended the comment period for 30 
days until November 29, 2010. The text of the original notice appears 
below.
    The Department of Commerce invites public input and participation 
in shaping government programs for protecting the intellectual property 
rights of U.S. businesses, including Small- and Medium-Sized 
Enterprises (SMEs), in foreign markets. As evidenced by the launch of 
the President's National Export Initiative, improving U.S. Government 
support for U.S. business in overseas markets is an Administration 
priority. Unfortunately, American exporters face various barriers to 
entry in overseas markets including barriers related to intellectual 
property rights.
    In coordination with the Intellectual Property Enforcement 
Coordinator (``IPEC'') and to implement certain action items in the 
2010 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement 
submitted to Congress by the IPEC, the Department of Commerce is 
conducting a comprehensive review of existing U.S. Government efforts 
to educate, guide, and provide resources to U.S. businesses that are:
    1. Acquiring intellectual property rights in foreign markets;
    2. Contemplating exporting intellectual property-based products or 
choosing markets for export;
    3. Actively entering foreign markets or facing difficulties 
entering foreign markets; or
    4. Encountering difficulties enforcing their intellectual property 
rights in foreign markets.
    The goal of the review is to improve efforts to support U.S. 
businesses facing barriers related to intellectual property rights 
protection and enforcement in overseas markets.
    The Department of Commerce is hereby requesting written submissions 
from the public. In responding, please consider the questions and 
information requests posed below, but do not limit comments to these 
areas.
    1. Describe your level of familiarity with intellectual property 
rights in general and intellectual property rights in foreign markets 
in particular.
    2. Identify specific challenges businesses, including SMEs, face in 
protecting their intellectual property rights abroad.
    3. In what countries or regions do businesses need the most 
assistance protecting their intellectual property rights? In responding 
please prioritize any countries identified.
    4. Which specific types of intellectual property (copyrights, 
trademarks, patents, trade secrets) present the most challenges to 
SMEs? Should U.S. government programs focus on specific areas of 
intellectual property protection?
    5. Suggest particular outreach, programs or assistance that the 
government can provide that would help U.S. businesses overcome those 
challenges.
    6. Describe your familiarity with or use of current U.S. Government 
services and tools related to IPR protection and enforcement in foreign 
markets, and assess their usefulness and/or gaps.
    7. Assess the adequacy of the intellectual property resources, 
tools, services and programs that the U.S. government currently 
provides to SMEs.
    8. What specific outreach formats (e.g., conferences, webinars, 
publications, podcasts) work best for educating U.S. businesses on how 
to protect their IPR abroad?
    9. Identify specific existing programs provided by the U.S. 
Government or governments of other countries that have been 
particularly effective at assisting U.S. businesses with protecting 
their intellectual property rights in foreign markets (including, if 
possible, specific examples illustrating the effectiveness of those 
methods).
    10. Identify specific existing programs involving cooperation 
between stakeholders and the U.S. Government (or between stakeholders 
and other governments) that have been particularly effective at 
assisting SMEs with the protection of their IP in foreign markets.
    11. What additional role(s) should the government play in assisting 
businesses with the protection of their intellectual property rights 
abroad?
    12. Identify additional resources and tools the U.S. Government 
could provide to support SMEs as they enforce their intellectual 
property rights in foreign markets.
    13. Identify the most effective and efficient ways to inform U.S. 
businesses of new and existing government offerings that support U.S. 
businesses in their efforts to protect their intellectual property 
abroad.
    14. In a recent report by the International Trade Commission, 
combining resources through trade associations or through less formal 
groups was one strategy SMEs suggested to reduce trade barriers. 
Describe ways the government can support SMEs as they pool resources to 
combat infringement abroad.
    It is difficult to overstate the value of intellectual property 
rights (IPR) to innovation, investment and economic development for 
U.S. businesses. Intellectual property rights are also critical to our 
small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The U.S. Chamber of Commerce 
\1\ estimates that IP-intensive industries employ 18 million Americans, 
and the Small Business Administration has estimated that SMEs alone 
employ half of Americans and account for 65 percent \2\ of new jobs.

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The theft of IP from SMEs is a serious matter, as it stifles 
innovation, slows economic growth, weakens the competitiveness of U.S. 
employers, and threatens American jobs. Intellectual property theft at 
the hands of foreign companies, consumers, and even governments, has an 
adverse impact on all IP-based innovation and economic success. SMEs 
are particularly vulnerable because they are at a distinct disadvantage 
when confronting these difficulties in foreign markets. The Department 
of Commerce's priorities include ensuring that intellectual property 
remains a viable driver or innovation, and that our IP-based industries 
can compete effectively in the international marketplace. Commerce 
Bureaus, namely the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the 
International Trade Administration (ITA), work alongside the IPEC and 
the agencies involved in intellectual property rights enforcement to 
help businesses secure and enforce intellectual property rights at home 
and abroad.
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    \1\ Global Intellectual Property Center, Intellectual Property: 
Creating Jobs, Saving Lives, Improving the World, 2009.
    \2\ Karen Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business 
Administration (SBA), speech at ``Jobs on Main Street, Customers 
Around the World'' event hosted by USTR 01-21-10.
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    To educate and assist all businesses, and SMEs in particular, the 
Department of Commerce has developed a number of IPR tools and 
resources. ITA, on behalf of U.S. intellectual property agencies, 
launched a Web site in 2004 (http://www.stopfakes.gov) to provide 
updates and links to Executive Branch IPR programs. On the Web site, 
there are additional resources for businesses such as an online IPR 
tutorial, which is available in three languages, country-specific IPR 
toolkits and links to other resources such as the American Bar 
Association's International IP Advisory Program. The site also allows 
businesses to file complaints about IPR-related trade problems, which 
are answered by a trade specialist from ITA. The Department of Commerce 
also established the 1-866-999-HALT hotline answered by PTO IPR 
experts, who work with ITA's Office of Intellectual Property Rights 
(OIPR) to help businesses secure and enforce their IPR through 
international treaties. Though this list is non-exhaustive, U.S. 
agencies recognize that there may be additional government tools and 
support on IPR protection and enforcement that could assist U.S. 
exporters.

    Dated: Monday, November 1, 2010.
Skip Jones,
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Trade Agreements and Compliance, Market 
Access and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. 
Department of Commerce.
[FR Doc. 2010-27942 Filed 11-4-10; 8:45 am]
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