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July 18, 2005
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MEDIA ADVISORY
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Brigid Quinn
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Press Release, 05-35

Government Seeks Help from Arizona School Children in Fight Against Illegal Downloading and Copying of Music, Movies, Video Games


Washington, D.C. – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will speak with young innovators attending Camp Invention at Lone Mountain Elementary School in Cave Creek, Arizona on July 19, 2005. Under Secretary Dudas will speak to students on the importance of intellectual property rights and remind them that downloading and copying music, movies and video games without the permission of the artists’ or copyright holders’ permission is illegal—and that the government needs their help in stopping these crimes. Dudas will also talk to the children about the importance of intellectual property, describing the value of patents, copyrights and trademarks to our economy.

Camp Invention, cosponsored by the USPTO and the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is a nationwide educational outreach program designed to give children an alternative to traditional classroom experiences. The weeklong day camp emphasizes problem-solving techniques while trying to stimulate the imaginations of America’s next generation of inventors. The experience provides children with an opportunity to explore new ideas while learning the importance of the patent and trademark system in our economy.

WHO:

The Honorable Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property,
Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

WHAT:

Discussion with elementary students attending Camp Invention,
Lone Mountain Elementary School, Cave Creek, Arizona.

WHEN:

Tuesday, July 19, 2005
10:00 a.m.

WHERE:

Lone Mountain Elementary School
5250 E. Montgomery Road
Cave Creek, Arizona 85327

WEB:

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