The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has issued notice of the following actions on petitions requesting a review of certain country practices under the Generalized System of Preferences. – deferred a decision on acceptance of a petition concerning expropriation in Russia – closed its review of intellectual property rights in Lebanon in view of
The White House released Feb. 20 a strategy for mitigating the theft of U.S. trade secrets. The introduction to the strategy states that it reflects a commitment to act vigorously to combat the theft of trade secrets that could be used by foreign companies or foreign governments to gain an unfair economic edge. However, many of the specific initiatives set forth in the strategy are merely a continuation of existing efforts.
According to the introduction, emerging trends indicate that the pace of economic espionage and trade secret theft against U.S. corporations is accelerating. Foreign competitors of U.S. corporations, some with ties to foreign governments, have increased their efforts to steal trade secret information through the recruitment of current or former employees. There are also indications that U.S. companies, law firms, academia and financial institutions are experiencing cyber intrusion activity against electronic repositories containing trade secret information. These activities threaten U.S. businesses, diminish U.S. export prospects and undermine U.S. national and economic security.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the establishment of a National Freight Advisory Committee to provide recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system. A strong freight transportation system is critical to the nation’s economy and essential for helping meet President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015.
“Our freight system is the lifeblood of the American economy,” said Secretary LaHood. “We must ensure that our freight system is stronger and better connected.”
Hardys became Britain’s best-selling Australian wine brand by selling for as little as $5 a bottle, despite the 37 percent rise in its home country’s currency since 2009. To do that and still earn a profit, the winemaker turned to plastic bags.
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