Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors for the 2014 National Trademark Expo which will be held on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free, two-day event helps support the mission of the agency by educating the public about the value of trademarks and their importance in the global marketplace through informational seminars, children's workshops, displays of authentic and counterfeit goods, and other exhibits featuring registered trademarks.
"In the midst of a dynamic intellectual property landscape, we recognize not only the value of keeping experienced practitioners well-apprised, but also our fundamental obligation to inform and encourage participation across the wider swath of IP creators and users," said Michelle K. Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO. "The National Trademark Expo is one of many USPTO domestic outreach and knowledge enhancement programs that serve this compelling purpose."
The 2014 National Trademark Expo exhibitors will include government entities, non-profits, small businesses, and corporations, each providing valuable information about trademarks. New exhibitors, including Canon U.S.A., Inc., The Lego Group, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will join returning exhibitors such as The Hershey Company, Girl Scouts of the USA, and the United States Air Force. Anson Williams of Happy Days, an entrepreneur, director, and past exhibitor, will discuss the importance of federally registered trademarks during the opening ceremonies on Friday, October 17.
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