|Heimtextil 2010 -- Textile Fabrics|
From January 13 to 16, 2010 Heimtextil, a USDOC certified trade fair, will once again be home to exhibitors and visitors from around the world who are interested in home and contract textiles. The product show will be accompanied by special shows and workshops. The Contract Creations exhibition is aimed at the contract sector of the business and offers orientation in all facets of textile interior design. For detailed information please see: http://www.contact-contract.com/
In addition to the extensive international range of home textile and industry service products, the product groups have been expanded to include interiors (non-textile).
Messe Frankfurt USA will be organizing the USA pavilion and is the point of contact for U.S. firms interested in exhibiting or visiting the trade fair.
In support of the U.S. firms either exhibiting or visiting the Heimtextil trade fair, the U.S. Commercial Service in Frankfurt will be conducting a promotional campaign in Germany and around the world with the active assistance of other Commercial Service offices especially focusing on new markets for U.S. products. CS Frankfurt helps U.S. firms establish and expand business contacts abroad by means of partnering programs, social events and through business contacts in our markets.
Working together, OTEXA and the U.S. Commercial Service help American firms make the most of their export opportunities!
IMPORTANT NOTE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS (IPR): The U.S. Commercial Service in Germany is proactively engaged in defending American companies against counterfeit and copyright infringement. IPR is an important part of corporate value and international competitiveness. U.S. trademark, design and patent rights do not of themselves provide protection in Germany or the rest of the European Union (EU); U.S. companies must protect their IPR here in Europe. It is possible to register in countries individually or, for EU-wide trademark and design protection, there are a Community Trademark (CTM) and Registered Community Design (RCD). These provide a single right that protects industrial design or trademark in the entire 25-nation EU mega-market of 450 million people. Both national trademarks and the CTM can be registered through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The U.S. Commercial Service can provide information on EU-wide protection for IPR and defend IPR in Europe at trade fairs. More information is available on our website: http://www.buyusa.gov/germany/en/ipr.html.
Please also visit our website to obtain info about U.S. Commercial Service programs and services designed to help U.S. exporters succeed in the German and European markets, and about VAT recovery procedures: http://www.buyusa.gov/germany/en/vat.html
|Catherine Mayer, Frankfurt|
|Helen Simpson-Davis, Trade Event Programs|
Senior International Trade Specialist
|Emma Jones, Messe Frankfurt|