Southern California February Monthly Newsletter


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Protecting Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights (Intellectual Property) When Exporting

Location: Online

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 6, 10:00am (Pacific Time)

Cost: Free for US companies

Link to register:

Senior Officers from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (US PTO) Washington, DC will provide an overview of the key issues and resources that companies should know about to protect their intellectual property when doing business overseas.

Tools 4 Trade: Mastering Exports

Location: University of California Irvine (UCI) A311 Student Center: Irvine, CA 92697

Date/Time: February 12, 2013 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Cost: $45 (Lunch Included)

Link to register:

Export professionals will help managers avoid the common and not-so-common missteps that can create regulatory headaches and strip them of customers and profits. Valuable work skills imparted in four key areas of international business/trade: Consolidation of goods/containers and bulk/break bulk shipping; Export Financing & Export Compliance.

Fundamentals of Exporting Seminar

Location: 4900 E. Conant St. Bldg.O-2 Ste.108 Long Beach CA, 90808

Date/Time: February 13, 2013, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM PDT

Cost: $20

Link to Register:

This is a must-take opportunity for new exporters to gain an understanding of the export process. Topics will include: Incoterms and other technical terms used in international trade, setting up your business, logistics and insurance.

Seminar Topics:

  • Setting up Your Business
  • INCO Terms and Other Technical Terms
  • Logistics and Shipping
  • Insurance for Your Shipments

Business Opportunities in Qatar Related to 2022 World Cup and Beyond             

Location: JW Marriott Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
February 18, 2013 8am-9:30, one-on-one meetings 10am-noon

Cost: $50
Link to register: 

Incoming delegation of government and business leaders co-led by co-led by Mr. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee and U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, Dr. Susan L. Ziadeh.

For information, contact Terri Batch at

The Foreign Trade Association presents International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) & CBP Processing
Northrop Grumman Corporation, One Space Park, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
February 19, 2013; 8:00 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. program
$50 FTA Members / $80 non-members / on-Site Registration $100
Link to Register:

Imports and exports of defense articles are subject to complex and difficult procedures and are definitely considered high risk transactions. To make things more interesting ITAR will be undergoing major changes in the near future. This seminar will feature information from industry and US Customs & Border Protection on: Procedures for licensed imports, exports, and hand carries;  Best practices;  How to avoid difficulties; How to deal with detention and seizure of ITAR shipments, and a preview of changes expected due to the Export Control Reform Initiative.

Export Opportunities for U.S. Businesses: CleanTech in China

Location: online

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cost: Free to US companies

Link to register:

Mr. Yumin Yeh, Manager, Sustainable Development and Strategic Partnerships with the US-China Clean Tech Center will present on latest trends in Clean Tech – and highlight key business opportunities for US companies. He will also explain how companies can leverage the US-China Clean Tech center to develop sales in China.

VITA Networking Breakfast: U.S. – Korea Free Trade Agreement

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 27th from 8:00 am – 9:15 am

Cost: $20 for Members/ $25 for Non-members

Register : Contact or call 818-379-7000 ext 109

The entry into force of the U.S. – Korea Free Trade Agreement on March 15, 2012 means countless new opportunities for U.S. exporters to sell more Made-in-America goods, services, and agricultural products to Korean customers and to support more jobs here at home. Attend the next VITA Breakfast to learn about how the U.S. – Korea trade agreement can work for you business

Innovation Economy Expo and 19th Annual CIEDEC World Trade Conference

Location: Ontario California Convention Center

Date/Time: May 9, 2013

Cost: $399

Link to register:

The 19th annual California Inland Empire District Export Council (CIEDEC) World Trade Conference will be held jointly with Innovation Economy Expo on May 9 in Ontario, CA. The California Inland Empire District Export Council will host foreign consulate generals, one-on-one meetings and presentations that spotlight opportunities and explain the ins and outs of doing business overseas. The Innovation Economy Expo is a global community of business stakeholders coming together to create high-growth business opportunities by exchanging knowledge and ideas, creating projects, building teams and sharing international commercialization resources.


Asia Pacific Business Outlook 2013, Access 18 Asia Pacific Markets Including Brazil, Russia, and India in 2 days! New in 2013 - Myanmar!


Date/Time: APRIL 8-9, 2013

Cost: $699 - $849

Link to register:

The Asia / Pacific Business Outlook, hosted by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, with the full support of the U.S. Commercial Service, is the longest running, most successful regional conference of its kind focusing specifically on Asian markets. This conference has made a difference for U.S. exporters, and has become the premier U.S. commercial trade event focusing on the Asia / Pacific region. APBO 2013 brings the experts closer to you. It is a very rare opportunity for U.S. exporters to meet with Senior Commercial Officers (SCOs) from throughout the East Asia Pacific region and India, as well as Burma, Russia, Brazil, and Mexico at one venue. The SCOs from American embassies, consulates and institutes in Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam will speak in small-group workshops.

Access the Western Hemisphere

Location: Minneapolis, MN Radisson Plaza Hotel

Date/Time: APRIL 23-24, 2013

Cost: $299

Link to Register:

This annual conference will bring 10 Senior Commercial Diplomats covering over 15 markets across the Western Hemisphere. Participants will discover how to identify new export opportunities, increase market share and competitive edge, and develop strategic relationships with those that are on the forefront of business and exporting in these key markets.

ACCESS 2013 International Trade Forum – Africa, Middle East, South Asia

Venue: San Diego Marriott La Jolla - San Diego, CA

Date: May 1-2, 2013

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Learn more/register:

Cost: $495 prior to March 31 ($595 after March 31)

Discover export opportunities and expand your company’s global reach at the ACCESS 2013 International Trade Forum. U.S. Department of Commerce Senior Commercial Officers and Commercial Specialists from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia regions including Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, India, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates will provide information, help you identify new export markets, and develop market entry strategies. To learn more about the ACCESS 2013 forum and the one-on-one meetings with the Commercial Service Officers and Commercial Specialists, contact Julia Rauner by phone 858-467-7038 or email or Larry Tabash by phone 512-936-0039 or email

Gateway to Europe Conference

Venue: Minneapolis, MN Radisson Plaza Hotel

Date: June 4-5, 2013

Cost: $299 Early bird rate, $349 regular rate

Learn more at:

The MN District Export Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service, is pleased to present the Gateway to Europe conference, the second of two regional International Trade Administration conferences to be held in Minneapolis in 2013!

This annual conference will bring more than 25 Senior Commercial Diplomats and U.S. international trade officials covering the European, Russian and Turkish markets. Participants will discover how to identify new export opportunities, increase market share and competitive edge, and develop strategic relationships with those that are on the forefront of business and exporting in these key markets.