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United States Department of Commerce (DOC)

(U.S. government) An executive department which encourages and promotes the United States’ economic growth, international trade, and technological advancement. The Department provides a wide variety of programs to increase American competitiveness in the world economy and to assist business. The DOC also: works to prevent unfair foreign trade competition, provides social and economic statistics and analyses, supports the increased use of scientific engineering and technological development, grants patents and registers trademarks, and provides assistance to promote domestic economic development. Organizations within the DOC include the Bureau of Industry and Security (formerly, Bureau of Export Administration), Tel: [1] (202) 482-2000; the Census Bureau, Web: www.census.gov; the Economic Development Administration, Tel: [1] (202) 482-2000; the International Trade Administration, Tel: [1] (202) 482-2000; the Minority Business Development Agency, Tel: [1] (202) 482-2000; the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Tel: [1] (301) 975-6478; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, E-mail: answers@noaa.gov; the Patent and Trademark Office, Tel: [1] (703) 308-4357 (Public Affairs) or [1] (800) 786-9199; and the Technology Administration, E-mail: Public_Affairs@ta.doc.gov. Contact: United States Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20230 USA; Tel: [1] (202) 482-2000; Web: www.commerce.gov. See Bureau of Industry and Security; International Trade Administration.

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