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February 24, 2006
#06-12

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Media Advisory, 06-12

U.S. Government to Assist California Small Businesses in Combating Intellectual Property Theft

San Diego Event Part of National Crackdown on Counterfeiting, Piracy

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will join hundreds of California small-business men and women for a conference on "Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace" on February 27-28, 2006, in San Diego, Calif. The event is part of the federal Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP), a major USPTO and U.S. government effort to protect American businesses from falling victim to intellectual property theft, both at home and abroad.

During the two-day San Diego seminar, patent, trademark and copyright experts as well as lawyers from the USPTO will provide small- and medium-sized businesses, entrepreneurs and independent inventors with useful tips on protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights in the United States and around the world.

What    "Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace" seminar

               Remarks on the global intellectual property marketplace and how small businesses, including
               those in California, are increasingly at risk of intellectual property theft

Who      The Honorable Jon W. Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and
               Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

               Congressman Darrell Issa, (CA-49) [invited] California small-business owners

When     February 27, 2006
               8:30 a.m.

Where   Westin Horton Plaza Hotel
               910 Broadway Circle
               San Diego, California

Information about the seminars and other USPTO efforts to educate small businesses can be found at www.stopfakes.gov/smallbusiness.

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