Consumer equipment. Telecommunications. Medicine. Industrial manufacturing. Construction. Aviation. Military. Entertainment. Information processing. The list of applications in the Optics, Photonics and Imaging (OPI) sector is virtually endless– and currently experiencing dynamic and vibrant growth in New York State and around the world.
Because Phillips Lytle has the expertise to support photonics and optics companies, and we are able to handle a myriad of legal matters, including everything from the protection of intellectual property, analyzing jurisdiction and classification under U.S. export control laws and regulations, to advising on licensing requirements.
The firm is a member of New York Photonics/Rochester where our attorneys have presented on issues related to unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and export controls. Phillips Lytle attorneys have attended and presented at SPIE conferences such as Photonics West and Defense + Commercial Sensing, and are involved with organizations serving the photonics and optics sector, including Greater Rochester Enterprise, High Tech Rochester and Monroe County Finger Lakes Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
Phillips Lytle attorneys are experienced in advising companies on the regulation of technologies and products under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). We also advise OPI companies on importation and supply chain strategies and compliance with U.S. customs laws and regulations. Our attorneys have advised OPI companies on the recruitment and employment of foreign nationals and compliance with export control laws and regulations, as well as on the range of immigrant and non-immigrant visa strategies, including submissions of petitions to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
We also have significant experience representing photonics and optics companies before federal government agencies and offices regarding export control and related international trade matters, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). When these agencies propose new rules and amendments to trade regulations, our attorneys in Washington, DC are prepared to submit comments and meet with Executive and Legislative branch officials and their staffs to advocate our clients’ interests and concerns.
Representative matters in the OPI sector: