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Celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week

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The following is a cross-post from Tradeology, the official blog of the International Trade Administration (ITA) National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), now in its 34th year, is the annual salute to travel and tourism in America. During the first full week in May, communities across our nation unite to showcase the impact of travel to policymakers, business leaders and local media with rallies...

2017 Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees Honored at the National Building Museum

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On May 4th, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) inducted fifteen of America’s greatest innovators into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., CBS News correspondent and television personality Mo Rocca moderated the event, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee gave...

Intellectual Property Resources for Small Businesses

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Helping small businesses and independent inventors with limited resources is an important goal of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as they serve a vital role in our country’s economy. The USPTO has several free or reduced fee programs to assist independent inventors and small businesses in securing patent protection for their inventions, including the Patent Pro Bono Program, Pro Se...

Recognizing the Hard Work and Life-Saving Sacrifices of Our Nation's Firefighters and First Responders

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The following is a cross-post from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) blog May is an ideal time to thank our nation’s first responders. There are several events this month dedicated to recognizing the hard work and life-saving sacrifices our fire service personnel, law enforcement and emergency medical technicians do every day. May 4th marks the annual International Firefighters Day...

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Reaching New Markets

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The following is a cross-post from Tradeology, the official blog of the International Trade Administration By Natalie Soroka, Economist, International Trade Administration, Office of Trade and Economic Analysis As we kick off Small Business Week, the Census Bureau released its “Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies, 2014-2015.” A joint project of the Census Bureau and International...

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics in Honor of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Today marks the beginning of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Month. In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to...

Patents and Trademarks of World War One

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This month marks the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I on April 6, 1917, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has taken a look back into its archives of patents and trademarks from that era. World War I, and the years that came after it, resulted in a surge of American ingenuity and technological innovation. As soldiers faced different types of warfare, new...

Celebrating World IP Day

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On April 26th, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) celebrated World Intellectual Property (IP) day in Washington, D.C., as well as across the country in Houston, Chicago and Silicon Valley. The theme of this year’s World IP Day is “Innovation – Improving Lives.” One program which is a prime example innovation improving lives is Patents for Humanity, the USPTO’s awards competition...