August 08, 2007

The USPTO recently issued a reminder announcement regarding its free forum to educate business in the State of Washington about the threats of counterfeiting and piracy. As previously announced on the DDIP blog and again by the USPTO (links below), this seminar will be held in Bellevue, Washington, at The Westin Bellevue this Friday and will feature the Washington State Attorney General (Rob McKenna), the Chief of Staff of Washington Congressman Dave Reichert (Mike Shields), the Senior Advisor for the Global Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Initiative of the U.S. Chamber (Brad Huther), an Attorney-Advisor for the USPTO (John Koeppen), a Senior Attorney of the Worldwide Anti-Piracy Team at Microsoft Corp. (Bonnie McNaughton), and the President of Flex-a-Lite Consolidated (Lisa Chissus). According to the USPTO, “[s]mall businesses, which represent more than 98% of employer firms in the state of Washington [SBA Small Business Profile], are most at risk for counterfeiting and piracy because they often lack the knowledge and expertise to combat these problems. This is the first of three seminars to be hosted by the USPTO this month pertaining to piracy and counterfeiting.

USPTO Notice: LINK
DDIP Announcement: LINK

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