WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The IPO Education Foundation (IPOEF) today announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez will address participants at the International Conference on Intellectual Property Law. Secretary Gutierrez is expected to discuss U.S. commitment to international collaboration on intellectual property issues during the luncheon session Tuesday Oct. 25, 2005. The conference, held Oct. 24-26 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC, is designed to advance judicial decision-making in IP cases worldwide by fostering international dialogue and cooperation. Seventy judges from more than 30 different countries will attend a variety of panels on patent litigation, IP rights and judicial processes. The conference comes at a critical time as countries around the world are attempting to enhance their ability to safeguard intellectual property in order to crack down on piracy, increase R&D and attract foreign investment. The U.S. has recently encouraged foreign countries to become more proactive in protecting IP rights. "The protection of intellectual property is vital to our economic growth and global competitiveness, and it has major consequences in our ongoing effort to promote security and stability around the world," Gutierrez said in a departmental release on Sept. 21, 2005. "We are honored to host the international IP community and have Secretary Gutierrez address our guests," said IPOEF President Harry Gwinnell. "We hope that open dialogue and the exchange of diverse ideas will help promote stronger intellectual property protection throughout the world." IPOEF is a non-profit organization that hosts educational and charitable programs to improve IP rights. "The IPO Education Foundation is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of intellectual property rights," added Gwinnell. "It is very appropriate that Secretary Gutierrez, will be addressing those entrusted to strengthen and uphold IP laws around the world." IPOEF is also co-sponsoring a seminar in Beijing, China on Nov. 8-9, 2005 entitled "Corporate IP Management in China and the U.S." The seminar, which is for corporate employees, is cosponsored with the Patent Protection Association of China (PPAC), a relatively new organization formed to provide education to Chinese companies that are interested in intellectual property. The two-day program will provide a forum for U.S. and Chinese corporate employees to share experiences and perspectives on intellectual property practice in their countries. For more information or to register for either conference, please go to http://www.ipo.org, or contact Chris Roche at (202) 775-2675 or firstname.lastname@example.org. About IPO Education Foundation Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to educational and charitable activities designed to improve intellectual property rights. IPO Foundation conducts programs to: Broaden public understanding of systems for protecting intellectual property Sponsor awards for the purpose of recognizing outstanding achievement in the fields of invention, creativity, and IP rights Publish reports dealing with legal, economic, and other aspects of intellectual property.
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