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July 14, 2006
#06-46

Contact:
Brigid Quinn
(571) 272-8400 or
brigid.quinn@uspto.gov

Media Advisory, 06-46

U.S. Government to Hold Copyright Seminar for Tennessee Creators

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will join hundreds of Tennessee area creators on July 17, 2006 in Nashville for a conference on copyright policy being held by the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The day-long conference will focus on how copyright laws can best protect intellectual property in an age when the Internet and other advances in technology are fundamentally changing the way we work, the way we learn, and the way we are entertained. The meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHAT

"The State of Copyright in the Digital Age"

Remarks on the state of U.S. copyright laws and how those laws affect all businesses, including many in Nashville—from healthcare to "Music Row."

WHO

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Stephen Pinkos

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Tennessee small- and medium-size business owners, entrepreneurs and independent inventors

WHEN

July 17, 2006
Congresswoman Blackburn will give keynote address at 9 a.m.

Deputy Under Secretary Stephen Pinkos will talk about the state of intellectual property in the U.S. Congress and globally at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE

Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
2555 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN.

Information about USPTO efforts related to copyright protection and other intellectual property issues can be found at www.uspto.gov

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