PUBLIC LAW 100-418—AUG. 23, 1988
102 STAT. 1339
(1) identifying United States businesses with the potential to export goods and services and providing such businesses with advice and information on establishing export businesses; (2) providing United States exporters with information on economic conditions, market opportunities, the status of the intellectual property system in such country, and the legal and regulatory environment within foreign countries; (3) providing United States exporters with information and advice on the necessary adaptation of product design and marketing strategy to meet the differing cultural and technical requirements of foreign countries; (4) providing United States exporters with actual leads and an introduction to contacts within foreign countries; (5) assisting United States exporters in locating reliable sources of business services in foreign countries; (6) assisting United States exporters in their dealings with foreign governments and enterprises owned by foreign governments; and (7) assisting the coordination of the efforts of State and local agencies and private organizations which seek to promote United States business interests abroad so as to maximize their effectiveness and minimize the duplication of efforts.
Patents and trademarks. Copyrights.
State and local governments.
(1) IN GENERAL.—The Commercial Service shall conduct its activities at a headquarters office, district offices located in major United States cities, and foreign offices located in major foreign cities. (2) HEADQUARTERS.—The headquarters of the Commercial Research and Service shall provide such managerial, administrative, research, development. and other services as the Secretary considers necessary to carry out the purposes of the Commercial Service. (8) DISTRICT OFFICES.—The Secretary shall establish district offices of the Commercial Service in any United States city in a region in which the Secretary determines that there is a need for Federal Government export assistance. (4) FOREIGN OFFICES.—(A) The Secretary may, after consultation with the Secretary of State, establish foreign offices of the Commercial Service. These offices shall be located in foreign cities in regions in which the Secretary determines there are significant business opportunities for United States exporters. (B) The Secretary may, in consultation with the Secretary of State, assign to the foreign offices Commercial Service Officers and such other personnel as the Secretary considers necessary. In employing Commercial Service Officers and such other personnel, the Secretary shall use the Foreign Service personnel system in accordance with the Foreign Service Act of 1980. The Secretary shall designate a Commercial Officer as head of each foreign office. (C) Upon the request of the Secretary, the Secretary of State shall attach the Commercial Service Officers and other employees of each foreign office to the diplomatic mission of the United States in the country in which that foreign office is located, and shall obtain for them diplomatic privileges and immunities equivalent to those enjoyed by Foreign Service personnel of comparable rank and salary. (D) For purposes of official representation, the senior Commercial Service Officer in each country shall be considered