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July 12, 2006
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Brigid Quinn
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Media Advisory, 06-43

New Exhibit to Open in Patent and Trademark Office Museum

"Shoes: Innovation at Your Feet" Highlights Shoe Technology Past and Present

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will be joined by David Fink, president and CEO of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the agency's new exhibit, "Shoes: Innovations at Your Feet" on July 13.

Visitors to the museum will learn the history of patented footwear, view stylish innovations, and see how people customize their shoes for work. " Shoes: Innovations At Your Feet" is an entertaining view of all kinds of footwear. The exhibit incorporates 19th century models of patented shoe inventions as well as recent accomplishments of the footwear industry, including children, work, comfort and fashion shoes.

WHO

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Jon Dudas

David Fink, president and CEO of the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Student winners of the ©®EAT Contest

WHAT

Opening of new exhibit, "Shoes: Innovation at Your Feet"

WHEN

Thursday, July 13, 2006
5 p.m.

WHERE

Atrium of the Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Va.

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