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
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
SOURCE Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation