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Understanding the U.S. Regulatory Environment for Business and Intellectual Property Protection: A Road to U.S. Business Success

June 15, 2016

Arnold Lutzker, Attorney, Lutzker & Lutzker, LLP, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., and  Jack Rovner, Attorney, The Health Law Consultancy, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. are proud members of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms.

U.S. Regulatory Schemes.  The United States is a federation of States, each with its own government structure and regulatory scheme. The national government has regulatory authority over inter-State commerce, foreign trade and other business activities of national scope and interest. Each State has its own regulatory environment applicable to businesses operating within its territory. There are also local jurisdictions, such as counties, municipalities, and other local political units, that may have regulatory authority over matters such as land-use, zoning, permitting, building codes, sanitation, and the like. Which regulatory schemes may apply to U.S. business operations depends on (a) how the U.S. business is organized; (b) where and how it operates; and (c) what industry it participates in.

Regulations tend to fall into four categories:

  • Those generally applicable to all businesses, such as business registration and licensure, tax codes, public health and safety requirements.
  • Those generally affecting specific aspects of business operations, such as employee relations, workplace safety, zoning and building codes.
  • Those generally focused on particular industries, such as health care, insurance, banking and finance, agriculture and pharmaceuticals.
  • Those generally protective of business activities and interests, such as intellectual property protection, due process, and prevention of unfair competition and deceptive trade practices.

These regulatory schemes are readily and affordably manageable with appropriate attention, diligence and competent professional support. Importantly, many regulations benefit business. Intellectual property protection is a prime example.

Intellectual Property Protection. Intellectual Property or “IP” is the product of creativity; it’s what makes your goods and services attractive to consumers. IP consists of:

  • Trademarks—words, phrases, symbols, slogans and images that differentiate you from your competitors.
  • Copyrights—original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium, such as books, photographs, movies, videos, music, software and art.
  • Patents—novel ideas and inventions reduced to practical form.
  • Trade Secrets—private data and resources, like formulas and customer lists, that are carefully guarded from public view.

For businesses looking to launch operations in the U.S., these are your prime assets—your IP “Crown Jewels.” Like all precious objects, you must protect them.

The United States, at the federal and State levels, offers a strong legal regime to protect these IP assets, enabling you to exploit them fairly. To do your part, here are three essential steps:

  • Conduct an IP Audit Before You Enter the U.S. Take stock of your IP assets and prioritize their worth. Identifying those IP assets that create the greatest value for you will enable your business to thrive.
  • Create a Plan for Protection. Once you identify and prioritize your IP Crown Jewels, plan to protect them. This requires two steps. First, register the Crown Jewels with the trademark, copyright and patent authorities in your home country and in the U.S. Second, review all key contracts to ensure that employees, investors and contractors recognize your ownership rights.
  • Exercise Diligence. Be watchful. There will be those who covet your IP and will trespass on your rights. In our digital age, IP assets can be stolen with a mouse click. Be diligent in monitoring for infringement or misappropriate of your IP Crown Jewels.

Don’t Fret, Invest. The U.S. regulatory environment is no cause to fret and certainly no reason not to invest in the U.S. Indeed, much U.S. regulation is business beneficial, such as the confidence you can have that U.S. IP law will provide strong remedies for wrongful appropriation or infringement of your IP rights. Competent professional support of attorneys, accountants and other professional advisors is readily and affordably available throughout the United States to guide you to regulatory compliance and ensure that your IP and other key business assets enjoy the full protection of U.S. law. Take confidence that, as you build your business or invest your money in the United States, its regulatory environment, such as its IP laws, can be one of your best allies.

Arnold Lutzker is an attorney and co-founder of Lutzker & Lutzker, LLP, a boutique law firm focused on intellectual property protection located in Washington, D.C.

Jack Rovner is an attorney and co-founder of The Health Law Consultancy, a Chicago-based boutique law firm that provides legal counsel and support for the business of health care.

Both law firms are proud members of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms, a distinguished network of boutique law firms across the United States and Canada and independent full-service firms internationally that offers businesses, investors and entrepreneurs seamless access to quality legal services in their home countries and the United States.


SelectUSA Investment Summit Spotlight: Workforce Development

June 14, 2016

Peggy Philbin is Deputy Executive Director and Cheif Operating Officer for SelectUSA

The right workforce is critical to business success. Investors often prioritize workforce factors when deciding where to locate their operations, looking at the skill level and expertise of the workers, as well as opportunities to form local partnerships to ensure that education and training programs match ongoing recruitment needs. By both counts, the United States is well positioned: U.S. workers are diverse, skilled, and innovative.  Our productivity is among the highest in the world, and there are many resources at the federal, state and local levels that businesses can use to tap into that workforce and build the skills to support global competitiveness.

SelectUSA 2016 Investment Summit

SelectUSA 2016 Investment Summit

The 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit (June 19-21) brings together companies from all over the world, as well as economic development organizations (EDOs) from every corner of the country, government officials, and others working to facilitate investment in the United States. Workforce resources will be featured on the stage, in the exhibition hall, and in the U.S. Government Pavilion.

On the stage, we are excited to feature an armchair discussion on Monday, June 20, led by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. Secretary Perez will be speaking with Ms. Marion Blakey, the President and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Vice-Chair of the National Governors Association, about the ways that federal and state programs and public-private partnerships are empowering workforce innovation.

On slightly smaller stages, three breakout sessions will also focus on workforce. On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Suzi LeVine will lead a discussion examining best practices from global apprenticeship and occupational training programs. On Tuesday, Ms. Karin King, Managing Director of the Office of Visa Services at the U.S. Department of State, will moderate a panel focused on providing practical information regarding international employees. Later that day, Mr. Eric Seleznow, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Employment and Training Administration, will lead a conversation on cultivating top talent.

Throughout the exhibition hall, participants can meet directly with state and local economic developers to learn about training programs, recruitment assistance, and other incentives. Managers are often surprised to learn about the wealth of resources available, so we encourage attendees to visit each state and local booth to learn more.

At the U.S. Government Pavilion, which is located in the International Terrace, across the lobby from the exhibition hall, participants can meet with officials from the U.S. Departments of Labor, Commerce, and Veterans Affairs, as well as UNICOR and the Small Business Administration.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will be in Kiosk 21, ready to share information on ApprenticeshipUSA, the Foreign Labor Certification program, and the National Workforce Investment system –the primary vehicles for employment and training opportunities for America’s workers and businesses. Each year, the United States invests approximately $11 billion into this system, including nearly 2,500 American Job Centers and apprenticeship consultants who are available across the country.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions, and other forms of assistance to small businesses. Speak with team members from SBA at Kiosk 22, or check out their online guide to the hiring process, which describes how to comply with federal and state labor regulations, so that you can hire your first U.S. employee.

UNICOR is a corporation, run by the U.S. Department of Justice, that is dedicated to employing inmates and helping them develop the job skills needed to succeed in life. With modern factories nationwide, a proven history, and a diverse range of production capabilities, UNICOR offers American manufacturing excellence. The team at Kiosk 20 is seeking opportunities with industry to manufacture products that would otherwise be produced offshore, as well as subcontracting opportunities.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) works with U.S. veterans across the country – men and women who offer a wide variety of skills and experience. The VA provides online and in-person resources to help veterans find and prepare for careers, including the Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO). Stop by Kiosk 19 to learn how the VA can help you tap into this network of well-trained and hard-working potential employees.

At the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Secretary Penny Pritzker is leading the “Skills for Business” initiative, partnering across the federal government with agencies like the Department of Labor and the Department of Education to assure that training programs meet the needs of industry and workers are prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century. Several DOC agencies will be on-site: find data on the U.S. population from the Census Bureau (Kiosk 3), learn how the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Kiosk 9) works with small and midsized manufacturers to assist with workforce challenges, and check out the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) (Kiosk 8) to discover how industry, academia, and government partners are collaborating to develop the qualified workforce needed for advanced manufacturing.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the SelectUSA 2016 Investment Summit.  If you’re interested in learning more, but unable to attend in person, SelectUSA can help you find information on federal regulations and resources all year long. Visit our website and contact us.


International Economic Development Council Partners with SelectUSA

June 13, 2016

Mr. Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM, is the 2016 Chair of the International Economic Development Council, and the President and CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership in Richmond, Virginia.

As Chairman of International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Board of Directors, I am very pleased to attend the 3rd SelectUSA Investment Summit this summer. Since 2011, SelectUSA has facilitated more than US$19 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States, creating and retaining thousands of jobs while continuing to spur economic growth and promote American competitiveness. Last year’s Investment Summit was especially remarkable, welcoming 2,600 participants from more than 70 international markets and 500 economic development officials from across the United States. Since March 2015, participants have already announced approximately $5.5 billion in new American investments and supporting more than 9,000 American jobs. IEDC has always appreciated the partnership it shares with SelectUSA, as we jointly build a collaborative platform for federal and state economic development officials and establish a better understanding of the role EDOs play in securing FDI.


International Economic Development Council celebrates 90 years of service

With SelectUSA, EDOs now have an advocate at the national level that helps attract, retain, and grow investment in the United States by coordinating a platform for international marketing and high-level advocacy to assist economic developers’ efforts in competing globally for investment. Together, these efforts stimulate FDI flows into our nation by allowing foreign investors to develop stronger relationships with American economic developers.

Improving the economic well-being and quality of life for a community through job creation and retention is one of the main objectives of EDOs. Our partnership with SelectUSA strengthens the ability of EDOs to attract FDI to their communities by developing and promoting awareness of regional assets, identifying investor leads, establishing relationships between EDOs and foreign investors, and reinforcing the local supply chain by connecting investors with small businesses and other service providers in their communities. Because of this, EDOs are in part responsible for contributing to the creation of 12 million direct, indirect and spillover jobs that arise from FDI. That accounts for 8.5% of total American labor force.

IEDC is the premier organization for economic development practitioners, with over 4,800 members, that has always been on the leading edge of economic development practice and research. IEDC actively supports FDI attraction by offering an ever increasing number of conferences and events, as well as enhanced partnerships with partner organizations and federal agencies. I am excited to be part of IEDC’s initiatives as we help open the doors to expanded opportunity. This is why I designate 2016 as the Year of Economic Developer, to coincide with IEDC’s 90th anniversary. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of economic developers and recognize the efforts of development professionals in all corners of the world.

I would like to further highlight the importance of EDOs in securing FDI in my home state of Virginia. We have more than 700 internationally owned companies, including Canon and Rolls-Royce. And since 2014, more than 160 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia that will create more than 13,806 jobs and over $4.2 billion in capital investment. Our EDOs are also making a strong play for Chinese investment. Last year, Shandong Tranlin Paper Co., Ltd., a Chinese paper manufacturer, announced plans to invest $2 billion with a pledge to create 2,000 jobs to establish its first U.S. advanced manufacturing operation in Chesterfield County. This investment represents the largest one of Chinese greenfield project in Virginia and the United States.

I would like to extend a very warm thank you to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Under Secretary of Commerce Stefan M. Selig and the Executive Director of SelectUSA Vinai Thummalapally for their leadership, remarkable work with the business community, their investment promotion labours and their acclaimed efforts in expanding growth and opportunity for all Americans. My best wishes to all attendees for a great Summit.


SelectUSA Investment Summit Spotlight: U.S. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) & Economic Data and Statistics

June 8, 2016

This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.

Guest blog post by Leeann Ji, Intern, SelectUSA

The United States welcomes foreign investment, and the numbers show that investors have confidence in the opportunities here. With a population of 320 million and a GDP that’s over $18 trillion, our nation is home to more foreign direct investment (FDI) stock than any other country: $2.9 trillion as of 2014. The U.S. affiliates of foreign companies directly employ 6.1 million people in the United States, and they spent $53 billion on American research and development in 2013.

FDI graphic

Graphic on U.S. Jobs Attributable to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

These numbers paint the big picture and America’s Data Agency, the U.S. Department of Commerce, provides a wide range of data that companies looking to invest in the United States need to inform their decision-making strategies.

Looking for U.S. economic data and analysis? The U.S. Government Pavilion in the Exhibition Hall at the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit will have representatives from federal agencies that can help participants find and understand U.S. economic indicators. They include:

  • The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) which performs high-quality economic analysis, disseminates national economic indicators   and fosters the mission of the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) , the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE).  OCE created the Assess Costs Everywhere (ACE) tool for businesses to evaluate locating in the U.S.;
  • The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is a trusted and impartial source of data and statistics on the U.S. economy. BEA data is comprehensive and available for free to all;
  • The U.S. Census Bureau is the leading source of data about the nation’s people and economy;
  • The Commerce Data Service, which works across all Bureaus of the Department of Commerce to rapidly create and develop projects to advance the Department’s mission. The CDS is a team of data engineers, data scientists and technologists focused on applying user-centered design and agile methodologies to the process of data insight and product creation.  

Looking for data specifically on FDI? The new SelectUSA Stats is a data visualization tool that allows you to compare data on direct investment into the United States. The tool features interactive dashboards that display graphical data. The data, from sources like BEA, includes useful categories such as greenfield investment by country, U.S. FDI position and flow, and the characteristics of foreign companies operating in the United States.

Learn how to use this new tool! Sign up today for a free webinar on June 14, 2016. Two times are available: 12:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. EST. To register, please contact Micah Escobedo.

Looking to invest or find tools to help you attract investment? If you are coming to the SelectUSA Investment Summit, be sure to stop by the U.S. Government Pavilion, located across the lobby from the Exhibition Hall. If you aren’t able to attend in person, we are standing by to assist all year round. Please visit and contact us to learn how we can help investors and U.S. economic development organizations with business investments in the United States.

Together, our colleagues work to ensure users have access to timely and reliable economic information to move their investments forward. We look forward to working with you!


SelectUSA Investment Summit Spotlight: The U.S. Government Pavilion

June 6, 2016

Felicia Pullam is the Director of Outreach for SelectUSA.

The 2016 A.T Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index surveyed global executives about their plans for foreign investment, and they ranked the United States at the top for the fourth year in a row. A.T. Kearney also asked executives to identify the two most important factors for deciding where to establish or expand their businesses. “Regulatory transparency and lack of corruption” tied for first place with the size of the domestic market and the cost of labor; each factor was chosen by 15 percent of respondents. The “efficiency of legal and regulatory processes” was just a few points behind at 13 percent.

Secretary Perez

Secretary Perez visits DOL’s ‘Apprenticeship USA’ booth last year in the U.S. Government Pavilion

The United States is a stable democracy with a transparent and predictable legal system, and we offer an even playing field to businesses operating within our borders, regardless of country of origin. Ranked in the top ten overall for ease of doing business by the World Bank, the United States ranks first among nations with populations over 100 million. When companies locate operations here, they find an environment that is friendly to businesses because we understand that FDI creates jobs, drives exports, and contributes to innovation. An estimated 12 million American jobs can be attributed to FDI through direct employment, sourcing, productivity growth, and other economic effects.

While the U.S. system is considered to be among the most transparent, we recognize that learning how to navigate a new regulatory system can be challenging for first-time investors or small and medium-sized businesses. SelectUSA assists companies to find the answers they need to move their investments forward by working with more than 20 U.S. federal agencies through the Interagency Investment Working Group. At the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit, participants will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from these federal agencies in person.

If you are coming to the SelectUSA Investment Summit, be sure to stop by the U.S. Government Pavilion, located near the Exhibition Hall. Representatives from SelectUSA and a wide variety of other agencies will be available to discuss federal programs and services. You will find experts who can walk you through data on the economy, population, and FDI trends. Officials will also be standing by to provide information on workforce and training programs, U.S. exports, supply chain, research and innovation, U.S. visas, and the Global Entry program.

The following agencies and offices are looking forward to meeting you:

If you aren’t able to attend the SelectUSA Investment Summit, we are standing by to assist all year round. Please visit and contact us to learn how we can help investors and U.S. economic development organizations with business investments in the United States.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit or online!



h1 Redesigned: A “First Stop” for Companies and Economic Development Organizations

June 6, 2016

This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.

Guest blog post by Genilson Brandao, Senior Communications Specialist at SelectUSA

Earlier today, SelectUSA launched our newly redesigned website, The new website was developed as a “first stop” for our clients – companies seeking information about investing in the United States and economic development organizations (EDOs) looking to attract investment to their communities – to provide keyforeign direct investment (FDI) data, resources, and news and updates.

SUSA Website

Graphic of the Newly Redesigned SelectUSA Web site

In addition to a new design and fresh content, the newest feature is SelectUSA Stats, an investment data tool that will enable users to effortlessly access, understand and manipulate FDI data. The data visualization functionality will help site visitors see and compare the useful statistics in new ways. Interactive dashboards display graphical data on direct investment by foreign companies into the United States from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The data categories include U.S. FDI position and flow, FDI in the United States by country, employment, characteristics of foreign firms operating in the country, greenfield investment by country, and venture capital and private equity country attractiveness scores.

Additionally, the site highlights the benefits and advantages of investing in the United States. In the “Why Invest” section on the website, users can find facts and information, and can explore the many reasons that make the United States a top investment destination. Fromconsumer markets to innovation and workforce, site users can build their case for investing in the United States. Visitors can also get an overview of thriving U.S. industries, federal programs, and state business incentives to identify opportunities to move their investments forward.

SelectUSA continues to offer a variety of services to companies and EDOs to help them find answers to their investment questions. Similarly,SelectUSA events like road show and seminars and special events, gives the opportunities for foreign investors and EDOs to connect.

The launch of the new and upgraded is a step toward better user experience and engagement with all audiences seeking to learn about the importance of FDI as well as investing and attracting investment into the United States.

To discover and explore the new website, visit, and share your feedback via  email or tell us in person when you stop by the U.S. Government Pavilion at the upcoming 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit!


Let the Countdown Begin: 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit

May 23, 2016

Felicia Pullam is the Director of Outreach for SelectUSA.

The countdown to the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit begins today! In four weeks, June 19-21, President Barack Obama will welcome economic developers from across the country and companies from around the world to Washington, D.C. The SelectUSA Summit is the highest profile event to promote job-creating foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States.

SelectUSA 2016 Investment Summit

SelectUSA 2016 Investment Summit

Registration for the Summit will reach capacity soon. In fact, the pre-Summit SelectUSA Academy is already oversubscribed. If you are thinking about attending this year’s Summit, don’t hesitate to apply.

Why are so many people planning to travel from roughly 60 countries to attend this year’s Summit? Because business representatives are looking for a place where they can establish or expand their operations. They recognize what many others have seen: there is no better time than now to invest in the United States.

Earlier this month, AT Kearney released its annual FDI Confidence Index, which showed that global executives ranked the United States as the top destination for FDI for the fourth year in a row. The U.S. lead widened: “Bullish sentiment among global business executives on the economic outlook for the United States reinforces this trend. More broadly, executives’ outlook on the U.S. economy is considerably more positive today than it was in 2015.”

With more than $2.9 trillion in stock, the United States is home to more FDI than any other country. For nine of the past 10 years, the United States attracted the largest amount of FDI inflow. And this investment is important to our economy: approximately 12 million jobs in the United States can be attributed to FDI. The scale of investment shows a consistent recognition among investors that the U.S. market — and the American workforce — offers quality, innovation, and opportunity.

That’s exactly what participants will find at the 2016 SelectUSA Summit, where they will be able to explore opportunities from every corner of the nation—all in one building—through four types of activities:  

  • On Sunday, June 19, the SelectUSA Academy will include sessions designed for first-time investors and economic developers;
  • Plenary and breakout sessions on June 20-21, will feature high-level government and business speakers;
  • The exhibition hall will provide U.S. economic developers with an unparalleled opportunity to showcase their locations to some of the world’s top companies; and
  • An improved, online matchmaking system will enable investors, economic developers and others to connect directly and meet face-to-face.

The team at SelectUSA stands ready to help you get the most out of the Summit. Housed within the U.S. Department of Commerce, SelectUSA assists U.S. economic development organizations to compete globally for investment by providing information, a platform for international marketing, and high-level advocacy. SelectUSA also helps investors find the information they need to make decisions; connect to the right people at the local level; navigate the federal regulatory system; and find solutions to issues related to the federal government.

From established multinationals to small or medium-sized enterprises and high-growth startups, companies of all sizes can find the location, the people, and the resources they need to be successful in the United States. There is still time to register for the Summit. Visit and apply to attend today!