USPTO to Hold Small Business Seminar in Raleigh June 13

The USPTO is joining forces with the United States Chamber of Commerce and the state of North Carolina to hold a free conference on counterfeiting and piracy on June 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the McKinnon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property will speak along with North Carolina Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall and Ron Calia, Senior Manager Global Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Initiative, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Counterfeiting and piracy cost the U.S. economy between $200 and $250 billion per year in lost sales. It is responsible for the loss of 750,000 American jobs and poses a real threat to health and safety. The trade in illicit goods steals North Carolina jobs, North Carolina tax dollars, and threatens the lives of North Carolina citizens. Seminar attendees will learn what state and government resources are available to protect brands, how they can work with law enforcement to safeguard intellectual property, how to protect the supply chain here and abroad, and what the USPTO and Chamber are doing to defend American business as a whole.

Other speakers on the agenda include: Brian Monks, Vice President, Anti-Counterfeiting Operations, Underwriters Laboratorie,Christina Garner, Associate Licensing Counsel, NASCAR and Del Richburg, Supervisory Special Agent, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Charlotte Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

There is no charge for the seminar and lunch will be provided. Registration is required.