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July 17, 2006
#06-47

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Ruth Nyblod
(571) 272-8400 or
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Media Advisory, 06-47

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

Nashville Event Part of National Crackdown on Counterfeiting, Piracy

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos will join hundreds of Tennessee small-business men and women during a one-day conference on "Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace," on July 18, 2006, in Nashville, Tenn. The event is part of the federal Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP), a major U.S. government effort led by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to protect American businesses from falling victim to intellectual property theft, both at home and abroad.

During the one-day seminar, patent, trademark and copyright experts 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 Tennessee, are increasingly at risk of intellectual property theft.

WHO

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

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

WHEN

July 18, 2006
Deputy Under Secretary Stephen Pinkos will speak at 8:30 a.m.  

WHERE

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

Information about USPTO efforts to educate small businesses about intellectual property theft can be found at www.stopfakes.gov/smallbusiness.

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