October 04, 2006
Media Advisory, 06-63
Commerce Under Secretary and Orlando Congressman to Highlight Orlando's Innovation
Conference Call to Focus on Importance of Intellectual Property Protection to Orlando's Economy
[Call in by 1:55 p.m.]
Washington, D.C. — Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will join U.S. Representative Tom Feeney (R-FL) on Friday, October 6, to highlight the importance of intellectual property (IP) protection to Orlando, to the creation of jobs and to the economy, as well as the dangers of piracy and counterfeiting in the knowledge-based U.S. economy. They also will report on the national employment numbers for the month of September, which will be released that morning.
Florida and the Orlando area are helping America grow and lead the world economy. Orlando ranks fourth in the nation for high-technology jobs. The Burnham Institute for Medical Research's recent decision to expand to the Orlando area will create more than 3,000 jobs and an atmosphere for high wage technology job growth. As Orlando diversifies, more intellectual property-based jobs will be created, and the need to understand the importance of IP protection will be ever more critical.
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas
U.S. Representative Tom Feeney
Discussion about U.S. government efforts to curb theft of intellectual property, the importance of intellectual property protection in a global market, as well as to the Orlando economy, and the creation of new jobs in Orlando and the United States.
Friday, October 6, 2006, 2 p.m.
Reporters should call 1 888-459-7564, passcode 58075, by 1:55 p.m. to participate.
Note: The passcode and leader's name (Brigid Quinn) will be required to join the call.
Under Secretary Dudas and Rep. Feeney will take questions after their presentations.