U.S. Government Urges Arizona's Businesses to Protect their Intellectual Property from Theft Overseas

Press Release

Brigid Quinn

Phoenix Seminar Part of National Effort to Combat Theft in China and Other High-risk Nations

Washington, D.C.--On Monday, July 18, 2005, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will join hundreds of Arizona small-businessmen and -women in Phoenix, Arizona for a conference on the "Global Intellectual Property Marketplace." The event, sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), is part of the federal Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP), a major U.S. government effort to protect American businesses from falling victim to intellectual property theft-both domestically and abroad.

In today's global marketplace, American products and branding can be stolen by an individual or a business halfway around the world without the rightful owner even being aware of it. Small businesses are particularly at risk because they may lack the knowledge and expertise to effectively combat such theft. In recognition of this need, USPTO is hosting a series of seminars across the country to help educate American small businesses about the realities of piracy and counterfeiting and steps they can take to protect themselves.

During the two-day seminar, patent, trademark and copyright experts and lawyers from the USPTO will provide small- and medium-sized businesses, entrepreneurs and independent inventors interested in manufacturing or selling their products abroad with useful tips on protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights in the United States and around the world.


Remarks on the global intellectual property marketplace and how small businesses, including those in Arizona, are increasingly at risk of intellectual property theft

Media availability with Under Secretary of Commerce Jon Dudas


The Honorable Jon Dudas , Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
Arizona small-business owners


Monday, July 18, 2005
8:15 a.m.


Hyatt Regency Phoenix
122 North Second Street
Phoenix, Arizona

Visit www.uspto.gov/ to learn more about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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