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SelectUSA Investment Summit Spotlight: Innovation in the United States of America

June 17, 2016

This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.

Innovation is the theme of the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summitand for good reason – the United States is the premier destination for foreign investment, due in large part to our strong intellectual property protections, our partnerships with top research institutions, and our global leadership in research and development (R&D).

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Manufacturing Workers

This year’s event takes place next week, June 20-21, at the Washington Hilton hotel and will feature perspectives on the future of innovation in the United States. Representatives from the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and The United States Patent and Trademark Office will be available at the U.S. Government Pavilion to answer questions and speak with Summit participants.

The interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) coordinates the efforts of the federal agencies participating in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).  Each institute in the NNMI is focused on accelerating the development of advanced manufacturing technologies in a specific and promising technology area in order to make new, globally competitive products. Located at Kiosk 8, the AMNPO staff will be able to provide insight into their 2015 NNMI Program Strategic Plan, which describes the vision and goals of the program.  The 2015 NNMI Program Strategic Plan is complemented by the 2015 NNMI Program Annual Report.   Please visit Manufacturing.gov for more information.

Located nearby at Kiosk 10 is The United States Patent and Trademark Office, the federal agency responsible for promoting an understanding of intellectual property protection both domestically and globally. Representatives will be on-site to discuss the processes involved in acquiring patents and registering trademarks, as well as intellectual property policy. This information can enable U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world to protect their most valuable assets.

Looking to learn more about innovation at the Summit? Check out the agenda to find sessions that show how innovation can run through every area of business. To join a discussion on advanced manufacturing, stop by the session on “Everyday Innovation: Optimizing Production,” taking place on Tuesday, June 21 from 11:00 – 11:50 am. This panel, which features government experts, innovators, and investors, examines exciting new trends in advanced manufacturing and explores how companies have benefited the most from America’s innovation culture to optimize processes as well as products.

We are excited for you to join us in a few days for the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit. If you are unable to attend in person, we are available to assist all year round. Please visit www.SelectUSA.gov or contact us.

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