International Relations, Congressional Relations & Enforcement > Conference on Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace


(* Conferences may be videotaped.)

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held its first free seminar on intellectual property, piracy and counterfeiting in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 23 - 24, 2005.

Future seminars are planned for:

  • Phoenix, Arizona - July 18-19
  • Austin, Texas - September 12-13
  • Miami, Florida - September 26-27

Sessions are designed to help promote and educate the American small business community about intellectual property and the realities of piracy and counterfeiting. In each seminar lawyers and other professionals from the USPTO will provide attendees with specific details and useful tips about how to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights in the United States and internationally in whatever countries they intend to market their products. Each program will be tailored to the particular needs of the city hosting the seminar. In this way the topics of special interest to that city’s business community can be addressed.

Programs will include information on:

  • intellectual property
  • how intellectual property affects your business
  • how to protect and enforce your intellectual property here and abroad
  • a special presentation on biotech/pharmaceutical patents.

Who should attend:

  • small, medium, and large-size business owners and entrepreneurs
  • independent inventors; corporate General Counsel
  • business owners interested in selling products abroad, global trade, and international markets
  • anyone interested in learning more about protecting and enforcing their intellectual property in the global marketplace.

For more information about the upcoming conferences, contact Elizabeth Shaw at 571-272-8494 or IPGlobal.Marketplace@uspto.gov.

“America’s small business industries are a key to this nation’s continued economic vitality. Protecting patents, trademarks and copyrights is extremely important in today’s global marketplace. These seminars will be useful to anyone with an established business as well as entrepreneurs who are just starting up enterprises.”

Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property



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