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April 27, 2004
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Brigid Quinn
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Media Advisory, 04-10

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property to Host Capitol Hill Luncheon Commemorating World Intellectual Property Day

Inventor of Fiber Optics and President of the Authors Guild will be Featured Speakers

Wednesday, April 28, 2004
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902
Washington, D.C.

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas, in coordination with the International Intellectual Property Institute, will host a luncheon program celebrating the Third Annual World Intellectual Property Day beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2004, in room 902 of the Hart Senate Office Building. Members and staff of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees are expected to attend.

The World Intellectual Property Organization established World Intellectual Property Day three years ago to provide “an opportunity for the people of all nations to reflect on the importance of creativity and innovation in building a better world.”

Featured Speakers:

  • Peter C. Schultz, Ph.D., co-developed the world’s first practical glass optical fiber for communications in 1970 as a scientist at Corning, Inc. He is co-inventor of the fiber optics now used worldwide for telecommunications. Dr. Schultz is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology and member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
  • Nick Taylor is a best-selling author and president of the Authors Guild, the oldest and largest organization of published writers in the United States. Mr. Taylor has written or collaborated on nine non-fiction books on a variety of topics. Most recently, he wrote Laser: The Inventor, the Nobel Laureate, and the Thirty-year Patent War. He also collaborated with John Glenn, astronaut and former senator, on his best-selling 1999 autobiography, John Glenn: A Memoir.

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