Trade & Manufacturing Alert - June 2012

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In This Issue:

- 01 United States Continues To Make Progress At The U.S. - China Strategic And Economic Dialogue

- 02 New U.S. Model Treaty Text To Promote Bilateral Investments With Emerging Economies

- 03 California Congressman Floats Draft Legislation That Would Make Fundamental Changes To Intellectual Property Litigation At The U.S. International Trade Commission

- 04 White House Issues Executive Order On International Regulatory Cooperation

- 05 News Of Note

- 05 Contacts

Excerpt from News Of Note

U.S. Manufacturing Growth in April By T. Augustine Lo

A report by the Institute of Supply Management (“ISM”) signaled continuing expansion of activity in the manufacturing sector since the beginning of this year. ISM’s purchasing managers’ index for April was 54.8, which was at the highest level since June of last year. An index above 50 indicates growth. The ISM report for April also reported strong growth in new export orders. The manufacturing sector has contributed significantly to economic recovery for the past three years, including job creation.

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