Are you planning to expand your business internationally to sell or buy innovative goods and technologies? Are you pondering opening a factory abroad, having your products made overseas, or starting an export or import business? Even if you are not planning on going overseas, knowledge of the international aspects of intellectual property may be critical for your business. The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host a series of free 1-hour webinars starting on April 28 to provide business owners with useful information on the international aspects of intellectual property and conducting commerce at home and overseas. Expanding a business globally for growth and profit opportunities requires keen insight about complex international laws that can often vary from country to country.
Tuesday, April 28, 1 p.m. ET: Copyrights
There is no such thing as “international copyright,” but most countries do offer copyright protection to foreign works under certain conditions that have been greatly simplified by international copyright treaties and conventions. Nonetheless, today’s businesses are increasingly facing both national and global copyright issues through protection and use of copyrighted materials in the digital age. This webinar will lay the foundation with a brief explanation of the Berne Convention, followed by a discussion of the ways in which copyright laws in the countries of the world are similar or different, and conclude with examples of typical scenarios encountered by today’s businesses in protecting and using copyrighted works on the internet. Participants also will be provided a “refresher” on what copyright is and the importance of copyright to all businesses, regardless of the industry or nature of the business.
Presenter: Susan Anthony is the Acting Director for the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), in the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs in Alexandria, Virginia. GIPA provides training and education on all intellectual property issues – patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyright – for foreign and U.S. government officials, U.S. small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and to the general public. Ms. Anthony has a broad range of experience and expertise in almost all facets of intellectual property protection and enforcement, in the United States and abroad.
Register today for the webinar series and learn some valuable tips that will help you to protect your innovations and market your products effectively at home and abroad.