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February 01, 2006
#06-06

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Media Advisory, 06-06

Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight Nevada’s Innovation and Competitiveness

Nevada Doubles Patents and Leads Nation with Most Business Start-ups

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will be in Las Vegas to highlight the innovation and economic competitiveness of the area following President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address announcing the American Competitiveness Initiative.

In the past 10 years, Nevada has more than doubled the number of patents awarded to residents. In 1994, Nevadans were granted 212 patents; and in fiscal year 2005, they were awarded 461 patents. Nevada also is ranked first in the nation in having the most business start-ups, according to the most recent State New Economy Index.

WHAT:

USPTO event celebrating competitiveness/innovation -- as follow-up to president’s State of the Union address.

Learn about the state of innovation and competitiveness in Nevada and the U.S. as well as the U.S. patent and trademark systems.

A question and answer session will follow immediately after presentation.

WHO:

Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

John Doll, Commissioner for Patents

Innovators at University of Nevada-Las Vegas, independent inventors, local technology-oriented companies, and those associated with Camp Invention, a summer creativity enrichment program for students in grades 2 - 6.

WHERE:
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV

WHEN: Thursday, February 2, 2006
1 p.m.

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