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February 16, 2006
#06-10

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Media Advisory, 06-10

Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight North Carolina's Innovation and Competitiveness

Charlotte event to focus on UNC Charlotte leadership in health care-related innovation

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will speak at UNC Charlotte to highlight President Bush’s competitiveness initiative and agenda to make the health care system more efficient while continuing to lead the world in cutting edge medicine.

What    USPTO event celebrating competitiveness and innovation in health care technology as follow-up to president’s State of the Union address.

              Learn about UNC Charlotte’s leadership in bringing ideas to market, their benefits to the region and the country, and important role of the U.S. patent and trademark systems.

              A question and answer session will follow immediately after the speech.

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

              Congressman Robin Hayes (NC-8th District)

              Researchers and administrators at University of North Carolina-Charlotte and the Charlotte Research Institute, independent inventors, local technology-oriented companies.

Where  UNC Charlotte Campus
              Woodward Hall / Science and Technology Building
              Room 106

When   Friday, February 17, 2006
             2 p.m.

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