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Nov282016

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As the economy becomes increasingly dependent on complex technology, automation and reorganization, the nation will face new workforce and economic development challenges. One prominent challenge is the need to provide the skills for tomorrow’s workforce.

Nov232016

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U.S. companies may understand how to handle their intellectual property (IP) interests within the United States, but selling products and being competitive in foreign markets with varied and unfamiliar local IP laws is a different ball game. Independent inventors and small and medium-sized entities may lack the in-house resources and expertise they need to deal with foreign IP regulations.

Nov222016

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In a keynote address and wide-ranging discussion with the Council on Foreign Relations last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker discussed the need for government and industry leaders to work together to build trust in the digital economy.

Nov212016

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Recent advances in technology have changed how workers and employers interact in the 21st century labor market.  Companies such as Uber, TaskRabbit, Airbnb, and others are cited as examples of new non-traditional modes of employment and income generation.  Although the press has been full of stories premised on the idea that the share of U.S.

Nov182016

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker participated in an armchair discussion at the World Affairs Council of America annual conference titled “Shaping the American Competitiveness Agenda for the 21st Century.” During the discussion, the Secretary highlighted policies that America must pursue in order to stay competitive, grow the economy, and generate opportunity for working families.

Nov182016

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This week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker met with employees of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Va. During a townhall meeting with employees, she recognized the USPTO’s efforts to help inventors and small businesses with limited resources apply for patents through the Patent Pro Bono Program.

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