WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation (NAJI) announced the launch of its new State Leaders Program to increase awareness at state and local levels of the critical problem of intellectual property (IP) theft from American manufacturers. Business leaders in five states have already joined the program: Della Williams, CEO of WilliamsRDM (Texas); Roy Paulson, CEO of Paulson Manufacturing Corp. (California); Constantine Grapsas, CEO & Founder of Automated Industrial Machinery, Inc. (Illinois); John Williams, CEO & President of Jamison Door (Maryland); and Boyce Martin, Executive VP and General Counsel of Jamison Door, and President and Owner of Eli Brown & Sons, Inc. (Kentucky).
"We are thrilled to be working with such an influential and well-respected group of manufacturing leaders," said Drew Greenblatt, NAJI Chairman and President of Marlin Steel. "With the help of our State Leaders, we will reach more U.S. manufacturers and empower them to take action against IP theft so that criminals using stolen IP to compete unfairly with American companies will not go unnamed, unchecked, or unpunished."
NAJI is a national non-profit organization working to protect IP, promote U.S. manufacturing, and stop unfair competition by offering free legal services to help U.S. companies stop IP theft and regain their competitive advantage. In addition, NAJI supports public policies that strengthen IP rights and protections and works to raise public awareness through education and research. To date, NAJI has helped drive nine state enforcement actions resulting in over $5 million paid by offending companies in penalties, fees, and restitution. Learn more at: www.naji.org.
SOURCE National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation (NAJI)