June 18, 2007

The USPTO, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Michigan Senator Carl Levin will present a news conference today to discus the importance of intellectual property rights and the impact counterfeiting and piracy has on businesses. This forum will target small businesses, as according to the USPTO press release (link below), small businesses "represent more than 98% of employer firms in the State of Michigan," noting further that those small businesses "are most at risk for counterfeiting and piracy because they often lack the knowledge and expertise to combat these problems." Speakers include Senator Levin, Jon Dudas (the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO), Brian Moskowitz (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), George Webber (Ford Motor Company), and Katie Wilson (Communications Manager for the Global Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce). This free conference will begin at 10:00AM today at the Detroit Regional Chamber on Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

USPTO Press Release: LINK
StopFakes.Gov Small Business Website: LINK

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