Commerce Department

(Department of Commerce)

Regional Patent Office To Open In Silicon Valley

The federal government is opening regional patent offices in Silicon Valley and three other areas as part of efforts to reduce a backlog and hire experts not willing to move to the Washington area.



New Federal Report Calls For Online Privacy Bill Of Rights

The Commerce Department is calling for the creation of a “privacy bill of rights” for Internet users to set ground rules for companies that collect consumer data online and use that information for marketing and other purposes.

CBS San Francisco–12/16/2010

Economy Slows As Trade Gap Widens

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The economy grew at a much slower pace this spring than previously estimated, mostly due to the largest surge in imports in 26 years and a slower buildup in inventories.