|IMM - The International Furnishing Show -- Furniture|
Background: With over 1,000 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors, IMM Cologne is one of the world's largest furniture trade fairs. The show features the following exhibitor groups: suppliers of furniture, kitchen furniture, mattresses and sleep systems, suppliers of floor coverings, home textiles, wall coverings, lighting and accessories, suppliers of home entertainment, bathroom and kitchen equipment, suppliers of furnishing products for contract.
Don't miss this excellent opportunity to enter the international arena and present your products to buyers from all over the globe while receiving complementary and professional support from the US Commercial Service every step of the way.
The U.S. Commercial Service in Germany offers a wide range of support services to American exporters wishing to do business in Germany. Commercial Specialist Klaus Jonas (Email: Klaus.Jonas@mail.doc.gov) will attend IMM 2010 to counsel and assist American companies exhibiting at the trade fair, and to collect latest industry and market information. Before, during and after the show we offer the following services:
- We alert potential partners in Germany that you will be at the show to generate interest in your products or services.
- We feature the U.S. exhibitors on our official U.S. Commercial Service website in Germany to generate additional business leads.
- We can follow up for you with the contacts you make at the trade fair, or the trade leads we collect for you.
- We can introduce you to an International Trade Specialist at your nearest Commerce Department Export Assistance Center in the United States.
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:
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.
|Klaus Jonas, Dusseldorf|