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June 10, 2005
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Press Release, 05-27

U.S. Government to Offer Michigan Businesses Comprehensive Program on Protecting Their Intellectual Property from Theft in China

Press Release

Part of federal effort to combat intellectual property theft in China and other high-risk nations 

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will join over 100 Michigan businessmen and women for a conference on “General IP Protection and Enforcement in China: Practical Information for Companies Doing Business in China” on Wednesday, June 15, in Dearborn, Michigan . The event, sponsored by the Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), is part of a major USPTO and U.S. government effort to protect American businesses from falling victim to intellectual property theft—both domestically and abroad. Under Secretary Dudas will give the keynote luncheon address.

In today’s global marketplace, American products and branding can be stolen by an individual or a business halfway around the world without the rightful owner even being aware of it. This seminar will provide comprehensive information on protection and enforcement of intellectual property in China for companies ranging from small businesses contemplating entering the China market to large corporations with an established presence in China.

During the one and one-half-day seminar, USPTO experts and other government and private sector specialists in China’s intellectual property-related laws and enforcement procedures will provide attendees with specific details and useful tips about protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights in China.

WHAT:

Remarks about General IP Protection and Enforcement in China and how businesses, including those in Michigan, can protect and enforce their IP rights.

WHO:

The Honorable John Dudas , Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
Michigan business owners and law firms

WHEN:

Wednesday, June 15, 2005
12:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Ritz Carlton Hotel
Presidential Ballroom
300 Town Center Drive
Fairlawn Plaza
Dearborn, MI

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