As I begin my second full year leading the Minority Business Development Agency, I want to take a moment to express how honored I am to work with the Agency’s network of minority business centers and our public and private sector partners on behalf of the minority business community. Minority-owned firms continue to grow and flourish despite tough economic conditions.
With the election of 104 new Representatives and Senators, the 112th Congress will be marked with changes in both the House of Representatives and Senate following the November elections.
On behalf of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Initiative), I would like to invite you to submit comments to agency plans posted online at www.aapi.gov under “Agency Implementation Plans” in the right-hand column. In order for the federal government to take meaningful steps, it is critically important that the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community provide feedback to help guide the final review.
Advocacy Strongly Supports Focus on Small Business
Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant praised President Obama’s efforts on behalf of small business following the President’s signing Executive Order, “On Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.” The executive order requires federal agencies to review and remove outdated regulations and, where consistent with law, consider the costs and benefits of a regulation and choose the least burdensome path.
A trademark "bully" may be described as a trademark owner that uses its trademark rights to harass and intimidate another business beyond what the law might be reasonably interpreted to allow. The Department of Commerce is requesting feedback from U.S. trademark owners, practitioners, and others regarding their experiences with litigation tactics, especially those involving an attempt to enforce trademark rights beyond a reasonable interpretation of the scope of the rights granted to the trademark owner.
The deadline for remarks is February 7th. Please visit The United States Patent and Trademark Office website for more information.