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June 08, 2007
#07-23

Contact:
Jennifer Rankin Byrne
(571) 272-8400 or
Jennifer.Rankin_Byrne@uspto.gov

Media Advisory, 07-23

USPTO, U.S. Chamber Team with N.C. Secretary of State to Educate Local Businesses about the Risks of Counterfeiting and Piracy and the Importance of Intellectual Property Protection

Washington, D.C. —The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark (USPTO) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will team with the North Carolina Secretary of State on Wednesday, June 13, to present a free educational forum and news conference that will highlight the growing threats of counterfeiting and piracy, while also providing information on how businesses can protect and enforce their own intellectual property rights in the U.S. and overseas. Small businesses, which represent 98 percent of employer firms in the state of North Carolina*, are most at risk for counterfeiting and piracy because they often lack the knowledge and expertise to combat these problems.

Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, will discuss the risks and impacts of counterfeiting and piracy and how businesses can mitigate those risks by making intellectual property protection part of their business plan. Dudas will also highlight U.S. government resources that are available to help businesses protect their intellectual property rights.

WHAT

Free educational forum to educate businesses about the threats of counterfeiting and piracy and how to protect their intellectual property.

WHO

Featured speakers to include:

  • Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO
  • North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall
  • George E.B. Holding, United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Brian Monks, Vice President, Anti-Counterfeiting Operations, Underwriters Laboratories
  • Rob Calia, Senior Manager, Global Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Initiative, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

WHEN

Wednesday, June 13, 2007
News Conference 9 - 9:30 a.m.
Educational Forum 9:30 a.m - 4 p.m.

WHERE

McKimmon Conference and Training Center
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695

There is no charge to attend this event. Lunch will be provided.

Media who would like more information or wish to RSVP for the event should email Jennifer.Rankin_Byrne@uspto.gov or call 571-272-8400. 

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*U.S. SBA “Small Business Profile: North Carolina, 2006

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