The STEP program hosts an unusually high volume of public outreach activities each year. These activities include workshops, symposia, and conferences and often attract over 100 participants, and provide opportunities for knowledge transfer, networking, and the exchange of viewpoints. Board members and staff are frequently invited to participate in other organizations’ meetings on related topics, confer with government officials, testify at congressional hearings on STEP work recently completed or in progress, and brief policy makers on the Hill.
A growing foreign interest in STEP work is demonstrated by the steady increase in the number of invitations to participate in conferences and meet with government officials abroad. Originally limited to international organizations (e.g., various committees of the OECD, parts of the European Commission, and World Intellectual Property Organization) and leading industrial countries, this interest has now extended to governments, academics, and NGOs in many emerging economies – among them China, India, Brazil, Vietnam, and the republics of the former Soviet Union.