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Legal Essentials to Exporting: Export compliance, International Intellectual Property and Foreign Business Partners

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September 19, 2018

Businesses that are new to exporting or those looking into entering new foreign markets will benefit from attending the "Legal Essentials to Exporting" seminar on Wednesday, September 19 from 12:00-4:00 pm. "Legal Essentials" are put into place to help businesses in identifying legal and compliance issues that need to be addressed prior to pursuing export opportunities.

This program is delivered by Foster Swift's international trade attorneys and sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) as part of the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), a grant program designed to develop or expand export-related activities in an attempt to empower eligible small businesses. This seminar will be held at the firm’s Grand Rapids office located at 1700 East Beltline, N.E. Suite 200 49525.

Topics covered in this program include but are not limited to:

  • Types of intellectual property and the importance of protecting intellectual property when exporting
  • Process & time frame for protecting intellectual property in foreign countries
  • Tips on avoiding litigation and conflict related to US and international trademark infringement
  • Why due diligence is important and resources available to help with due diligence  regarding foreign business partners

In the United States, exporting is a privilege and not a right. This program is a practical means for business owners and employers to educate themselves on complying with the regulations, procedures and best practices relevant to their products or services.