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June 23, 2000
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Media Advisory 00-40

Under Secretary of Commerce Q. Todd Dickinson Gives Annual State of the USPTO Address to ABA Intellectual Property Group

Q. Todd Dickinson, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will deliver a major address outlining the current state of the USPTO on Friday, June 23, 2000, in Boston. In a luncheon speech before over 400 members of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Section, Dickinson will highlight the major domestic and international accomplishments in intellectual property since the beginning of the Clinton-Gore administration and detail the major issues currently before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These items include implementation of the American Inventors Protection Act, which for the first time permits publication of patent applications, ending the diversion of patent and trademark fees, and keeping pace with the rapid advances in technology.

Who

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Q. Todd Dickinson

What

Luncheon speech before the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section

Where

Marriott Copley Hotel Boston, Mass.

When

Friday, June 23, 2000
Noon (EST)

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