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Export Solutions

Connecting You to Global Markets

Learn how to export, connect with foreign buyers, handle trade challenges and expand operations in new markets. These 12 Export Solutions give you advice, tools and market intelligence for a successful international sales strategy. 

Commercial Diplomacy

International offices help U.S. firms overcome trade obstacles to successfully enter international markets.

Introduction to Export Controls

Export regulations apply to organizations of all sizes, including one-person operations and private individuals exporting items to family and friends. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) regulates exports of most commercial items and some defense items through the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

U.S. Commercial Service

If you're looking for export assistance local to you, start with a U.S. Commercial Service trade professional in more than 100 U.S. Commercial Service offices nationwide and in more than 70 international offices.

Intellectual Property

General Information Concerning Patents

Commonly asked questions about intellectual property and patents are answered in this guide.

IP Awareness Assessment

In conjunction with the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”), the USPTO offers an intellectual property awareness assessment for entrepreneurs and business owners. This approximately twenty minute survey asks questions about what products are being sold, where and what current intellectual property protection measures are in place, so the user can identify what intellectual property they may have and future steps to protect their IP.

USPTO Search Engine

Before dedicating capital to an invention, many inventors find it helpful to search and see what is already out there. The USPTO Full Text and Image database offers searching of every patent database based on text queries.

Minority Business Growth

MBDA Business Centers

Minority-owned firms seeking to penetrate new markets — domestic & global — and growing in size and scale, can access business experts at a MBDA Business Center. Locate an MBDA Business Center near you.


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