Roundtable discussion: Tribes, intellectual property, and consumer protection

Roundtable discussion: Tribes, Intellectual Property and Consumer Protection on teal, yellow and orange adobe backround

Join intellectual property (IP) experts, senior officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and other federal agencies, and Tribal representatives for an in-depth examination of consumer protection, the protection and enforcement of IP, and the impact of counterfeit goods on the economies of Native American communities.

Topics to be explored will include:

  • The scope and impact of IP crime on Native Americans
  • How to protect Native American arts and crafts
  • State and tribal cooperation on consumer protection investigations
  • International developments in the protection of traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, and genetic resources
  • Strategies for raising public awareness and changing consumer behaviors

This program has been organized by the USPTO, the National Association of Attorneys General Center for Consumer Protection, and the Attorney General Alliance, with support from the McCarthy Institute at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Please note that this is a hybrid program: It will be held in person at the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia, and available for remote viewing. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required.

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Additional information

Assistance covering travel expenses, including airfare and lodging, are offered to those in financial need. For additional information, kindly reach out to Travel assistance requests must be received by 5 p.m. ET Friday, November 24, 2023 to be considered. Requests should indicate if lodging or airfare (or both) are being requested along with the attendee’s full name, address, phone number, and email address.

For more information, visit the registration page or contact William Long in the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs.

This program is hosted by the USPTO’s Global Intellectual Property Academy, a unit of the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA). The office advises the administration and other federal government departments and agencies on domestic and international IP legal and policy issues. It also provides technical assistance and training on IP-related matters to U.S. stakeholders and both U.S. and foreign government officials.

Accessibility accommodation


If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request to the contact information listed above.

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