The Department of Comerece or DOC is supposed to create economic growth and opportunity.
The DOC is made of twelve different bureaus that all focus on five key goal areas, trade and investment, innovation, environment, data, and operational excellence.
The DOC is currenty run by Penny Pritzker who has been secretary since June 26, 2013. She was given this position because she was a entrepreneur, a business woman, a civics leader and she attended law school.
The International Trade Administration (ITA), a department inside of the DOC who "strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements" (as stated by Commerce.gov), is working on resolving issues such as developing revised performance plans, providing appropriate training for affected employees, developing an employee engagement plan, and assessing the level of resources throughout ITA headquarters.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a department inside of the DOC who are the ones "granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks" (as stated by Commerce.gov), they have working on resolving issues such as the one we learned in class about the Slants.