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USPTO Meets Critical Goals to Reduce Patent Examination Pendency

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For many years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been working to reduce patent pendency times. And since 2018, the agency has had specific goals of under 15 months for first office actions and under 24 months for total pendency, on average. We have now achieved these goals! As of September 30, 2019, which is the end of our 2019 fiscal year (FY), the averages are 14.7...

U.S. Department of Commerce Initiates Circumvention Inquiries into Imports of Uncoated Paper from Australia, Brazil, China, and Indonesia

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the initiation of new inquiries into imports of uncoated paper from Australia, Brazil, China, and Indonesia, to determine if imports of uncoated paper in roll form, which are then converted into sheets of paper after entering the United States, result in circumvention of the existing antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders. U.S...

Cybersecurity While Traveling

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In a world where we are constantly connected, cybersecurity cannot be limited to the home or office. When you’re traveling — whether domestic or international—it is always important to practice safe online behavior and take proactive steps to secure Internet-enabled devices. The more we travel, the more we are at risk for cyberattacks. #BeCyberSmart and use these tips to connect with confidence...

Spotlight on Commerce: Laura Espinal, Materials Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Blog post by Laura Espinal, Materials Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. I am the oldest of three sisters, raised in a home filled with great appreciation for Latin music. I learned very early on that music brings friends and family together. At home, my dad played the cuatro all the time. (The cuatro is an instrument with four...

Don't overlook the unique skills of first-generation professionals

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Posted with permission from cyberFEDS IN FOCUS: Traditional assessment methods may overlook first-generation professionals when identifying the best and brightest candidates for a position, but FGPs often bring top skills to the table, according to Gregory White, a data analyst in the Commerce Department's Office of Human Capital Strategy and Diversity. Research, he said, shows that the top five...

U.S. Department of Commerce Finds Dumping and Countervailable Subsidization of Imports of Vertical Metal Filing Cabinets from China

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of vertical metal filing cabinets from China, finding that exporters from China have sold vertical metal filing cabinets at less than fair value in the United States at the rate of 198.5 percent. In addition, Commerce determined...

U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Determinations in the Countervailing Duty Investigations of Imports of Quartz Surface Products from India and Turkey

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the affirmative preliminary determinations in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of certain quartz surface products from India and Turkey, finding that exporters received countervailable subsidies ranging from de minimis to 4.32 percent for India and 3.81 percent for Turkey. Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border...

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Reaffirms Excellent Bilateral Ties

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Secretary Ross called on Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on October 7, 2019 during his visit to Singapore. Secretary Ross and Prime Minister Lee reaffirmed the excellent state of bilateral relations, underpinned by our strong defense and economic ties. Secretary Ross emphasized the United States’ continued engagement in the region. Secretary Ross also met with Minister for Trade and...