3D printing – A New Industry Made in America


Image of Additive Manufacturing Partnership meeting held at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Increasingly, we’re seeing the products of additive manufacturing – better known as 3D printing – all around us: in retail stores, in classrooms, and even in medical technologies.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received over 8,000 patent applications last year alone in the field of additive material technologies. These represent a range of products – from household items to prosthetics – that are being manufactured with 3D printing and are having a positive impact on people’s lives and the economy.

One of the founding minds in 3D printing is National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee Charles Hull. Troubled how long it could take to create a prototype of a new device or tool, he created stereolithography in the 1980s, the first commercial rapid prototyping technology, now known as 3D printing. In recent years, the growth and popularity of 3D printers has skyrocketed, as they are increasingly being used by small businesses, hobbyists and entrepreneurs because of their speed and accuracy. There is now even a 3D printer on the International Space Station.

Exciting advances are being made with 3D bioprinting, a method of using 3D printing to create new tissues and organs. The USPTO works with the National Inventors Hall of Fame in running the annual Collegiate Inventors Competition, which has showcased the next generation of 3D printing innovation, such as previous graduate school winner Dave Kolesky for 3D bioprinting of vascularized human tissue. Learn more about 3D bioprinting in the USPTO’s Science of Innovation video, produced by NBC Learn.

The USPTO plays an important role in supporting American businesses in new and growing industries to get new products and technologies to the marketplace faster. This ultimately drives innovation and creates new jobs for American workers, benefitting consumers and manufacturers alike.

Lastly, to stay ahead of the curve in new areas, the agency partners with private industry in other areas such as cyber security and bioscience, all while providing the most up-to-date technical training to patent examiners who examine these new technologies every day.

Just In! Global Smart Cities Decision Makers Coming to Chicago!

Hear from top decision makers and learn about India’s
100 Smart Cities Program!
November 1-3 | Chicago, IL

Meet International Market Experts from Brazil to China to Europe!

Meet with key officials from Visakhapatnam (Vizag), one of the leading smart cities in India:
Praveen Kumar, District Collector & Magistrate of Visakhapatnam
Hari Narayanan, Commissioner of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation

India is set to become the most populous country in the world by 2030, making it the home to the biggest and the most under-penetrated market for global manufacturers and service providers. This growing population is shifting, giving rise to new megacities estimated to generate 80% of economic growth, with potential to apply modern technologies and infrastructure.

More to come on decision makers from Vietnam and Qatar

At Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities learn about export opportunities and market trends by meeting with in-country experts on a broad range of industries associated with Infrastructure & Smart Cities, including:
21st Century Infrastructure
Airport & Ground Support Equipment
Building Materials
Cyber Security
Disaster Risk Mitigation
Energy & Smart Grids
Intelligent Traffic Management
Information & Communication Technology
Intelligent Lighting
Smart Building Design
Smart Governance & Citizen Services
Training and certification programs
Water & Wastewater Management
Waste-to-Energy Technologies

Pre-Schedule One-on-One Meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from key markets:

Register today for the best opportunity to pre-schedule your meetings with experts from the markets listed below and obtain market knowledge. Meetings are arranged on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t wait.

Brazil Canada Chile China Colombia Hong Kong India
Kenya Korea Mexico Panama The Philippines Qatar
Singapore South Africa Taiwan Vietnam
Europe: Cyber-security
Europe: Energy Efficiency/Design & Construction
Europe: Infrastructure / Transportation / IoT
Europe: E-Mobility

At Discover Global Markets…”You are able to speak with Commercial Diplomats from all over and gather market intelligence for many countries; all at a single event.” said Cameron Javdani, Director of Sales and Marketing for Louroe Electronics.

Top 3 Ways EXIM Can Grow Your Export Business

Top 3 Ways EXIM CanGrow Your Export Business

1. Protect Against Risk: EXIM insurance safeguards you against nonpayment from foreign buyers. With this protection, you can safely extend credit terms and lock in margins.
2. Unlock Cash Flow: EXIM support can ease your working capital constraints and expand your borrowing base. Our backing empowers businesses to borrow against export-related assets, providing cash flow to build products for foreign buyers.
3. Win on Quality: You might have the best product, but can you match your competitors’ credit terms? With EXIM insurance, you can offer customers credit terms up front, without the uncertainty of repayment, and win the deal.

Are you exporting American-made goods or services and ready to leverage EXIM support?

EXIM have trade finance specialists in 12 regional offices around the country that serve as on-the-ground experts for American exporters. Request a FREE consultation today, and your local specialist will be in touch within two business days to talk through your needs and how EXIM can help you reach your goals.

Trade Americas: Business Opportunities in Central America Conference

Costa Rica | Honduras | El Salvador | Guatemala | Nicaragua | Belize | Panama

Central American markets are seeking quality American-made products, and our upcoming Trade Americas Business Opportunities in Central America Conference can connect your company to promising opportunities.

This U.S. Commercial Service trade mission March 26-31, 2017 will connect you to business leaders and opportunities in Central America:
Gain market insights,
Make industry contacts,
Solidify business strategies,
Advance specific projects, and
Identify potential partners.

Business Opportunities in Central America Conference

The mission targets five markets under The Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) and the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA). These trade agreements make it affordable, easier, and faster for businesses to get their products to market by creating efficient and transparent customs procedures that help move goods quickly through borders.

Apply early, spaces are limited!

Cost:

Conference plus B2B meetings in Costa Rica
$2,100 for small and medium-sized enterprises* (<500 employees)
$3,300 for large firms

Conference plus B2B meetings in Costa Rica & One Additional Country
$3,100 for small and medium-sized enterprise* (<500 employees)
$4,300 for large firms

*Expenses for travel, transportation, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant.

Additional Representative: $450

2016 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange

October, 23-26, 2016
McCormick Place – Lakeside Center

The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange is the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations will convene in Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Guide available Fall 2016) at McCormick Place – Lakeside Center to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain.

A one-day Business Opportunity Exchange highlights the opening day of the conference. More than 700 exhibit booths provide the perfect backdrop for corporations and minority business enterprises to showcase their products, services and solutions. In the days that follow, thought leaders, chief procurement officers and seasoned minority business executives engage in panel discussions, plenary sessions and workshops to share best practices, current trends and issues, and next practices to bolster the value that minority suppliers deliver to its corporate customers.

The event culminates in a black-tie Awards Banquet to recognize outstanding achievements by corporate members, MBEs and affiliate regional councils in the NMSDC network. The event is expected to add more than $30 million to the economy of Chicago.

This one-of-a-kind event features:

  • Thousands of corporate executives, procurement professionals and Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners
  • More than 20 targeted sessions and workshops
  • A one-day Business Opportunity Exchange with more than 700 exhibit booths
  • A black-tie Awards Banquet
  • Endless opportunities to network, network, network!

Register

Making Global Goals Local Business – Dubai

Oct 24 – 27, 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The UN Global Compact invites you to Dubai for a series of events as part of our Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, where we will bring together leaders across sectors to explore the transformative platforms and partnerships needed to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the ground. In Dubai, over 600 participants from business, civil society, government, the UN and Global Compact Local Networks will focus on moving from awareness to action, showing that companies that do business responsibly and find opportunities to innovate around the SDGs will be the market leaders of tomorrow.

Oct 24-25, 2016
Annual Local Network Forum
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 24-25, 2016
UN Private Sector Focal Points Network Annual Meeting
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 25, 2016
PRME Business for Peace Forum 2016
American University of Sharjah | United Arab Emirates

Oct 26, 2016
Business for Peace Annual Event
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 27,2016
Pearl Initiative & United Nations Global Compact 2nd Regional Forum
Conrad Hotel
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Contact
AICC UN Global Compact Office: ungc@aiccus.org

2016 IP Strategy Innovation Summit

IP Strategy Innovation Summit
September 28 & 29, Boston, 2016
Marriott Copley Place Boston

Learn to Optimize your IP Strategy to Protect Yourself and Foster Innovation

IP Strategy is the backbone of successful innovation management. It not only bridges the gap between the legal and innovation departments but can also help build relationships with external partners.

Confirmed speakers include:

Chief Patent Counsel, Schnieder Electric
Senior Intellectual Property Manager, Stryker
SVP & General Counsel, Spartan Race
Senior IP Counsel, Sonos
Head Of Innovation, Aramco
Patent Counsel, HP
Business Unit Patent Officer, Schneider Electric
Assistant Director of IP, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
IP Rights & Clearance Associate, Viacom

To join 100+ in-house counsel, industry experts and thought leaders.

Secure your passes, please contact AICC membership service.

17Th Annual Asian Small Business Expo 

Saturday, September 10th, 2016
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)
Almansor Court Conference Center
700 S Almansor St.
Alhambra, CA 91801

“Recipes for Growth”

The Asian Small Business Expo is the only business-to-business Expo that engages the Asian business community and brings this growing economic force into the mainstream to connect and utilize your company and its services.

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with small businesses, market your organization and tap into a network of entrepreneurs, service providers, financial organizations, franchises and governmental and legislative representatives.

Event Highlights
Network with hundreds of business owners, entrepreneurs start-ups.
40+ Exhibitors
Establish valuable new contacts.
Learn about new start-up opportunities.
Attend FREE business workshops.
Discover new and useful business services and methods.

It’s FREE to attend!

Workshop Schedule

9:30a – 10:30a
Recipes for Funding Opportunities
Financing options for your business at every stage of growth

9:30a – 10:30a
Finding Your Target Marget
Learn savvy marketing strategies and tips
Guest speakers: Ji Young Denick of MineMR
Esther Tseng, Freelance Food Writer
Stan Lee, Food Videographer

10:45a – 11:45a
Ingredients for a Successful Business (Women’s Entrepreneur Panel)
​Come listen to three amazing & inspiring women entrepreneurs and their paths to business success!
Annie Choi, Owner of Found Coffee
Ginger Dimapasok, Owner of Cafe 86
Khiow Hui Lim, Founder, iDigBrand, Inc.

​10:45a – 11:45a
Important Changes to the Minimum Wage & Labor Law
Is your business ready for the new minimum wage requirements?

12:15p – 1:15p
​The Art of Effective Business Networking
It’s all about relationship-building
Featured Speaker: John Bwarie, Co-Founder, Stratiscope

12:15p – 1:15p
New Opportunities in Financing
What alternative lending options are available for small businesses?
Speakers: Kiva, CDC Small Business Finance, Opportunity Fund

FREE Admission, FREE Workshops, FREE Parking, Networking, Business Advice

http://www.apisbp.org/expo
smallbiz@apisbp.org

Container Housing Project “Affordable Home Program” in Los Angeles



Affordable Home Program by Pacific Rim Business Council.

Tuesday, August 22, Holmes Stoner, Chairman of American International Chamber of Commerce ( AICC), Pacific Rim Business Council (PRBC) held a press conference of Container Housing Project “Affordable Home Program” for the presentation by government officials and the veterans administration in Marina City Club Los Angeles.

Cascon Industries, one of the largest container manufacturers in the world, based in Hai Duong Vietnam, will donate a container home to a deserving homeless veteran to show sincerity and respect for America and its deserving veteran soldiers making an event of historic importance.

Cascon leads in the world of container home manufacturing providing new ideas and development in eco living and sustainability through their exclusive relationship with the Pacific Rim Business Council based in Los Angeles. With the upcoming TPP trade talks this offer is of great importance showing the priority Vietnam and America relations share in the future; making this a very historic event!

This monumental event is being supported by Support our Servicemen (SOS), a public charity set up to support and assist American who have needs.

Vietnamese VIP’s including Mr. Pham Thang, Chairman of Cascon industries builds modular container homes in his state of the art factory in Hanoi, Vietnam. In a gesture of friendship between Vietnam and America he presented an home to a Veteran. 

A homeless veteran and his family were given a home that is part of the tiny houses trend and is a way to fight homelessness in the U.S.

Tommy Weir and his family had been living in a homeless shelter, but now they have a place to call their own. They were the first to receive a new prefabricated home that was built from a steel container.

The home was created by Affordable Homes 4U, which mass produces steel and container-based homes as a way to house the homeless. It was started in Las Vegas and brought over to Los Angeles.

The Affordable Home Program hopes this move is just the beginning as one homeless veteran family has been taken off the streets. They said their mission is for everyone to enjoy the American dream of home ownership.

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United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch “promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries.” The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation’s technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.