TechTown Detroit will host a roundtable for a select group of entrepreneurs and business leaders with the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s intellectual property attachés. The attachés will discuss the protection and enforcement of IP rights abroad for patents, trademarks and copyrights in foreign countries.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 11am to 12:30pm
WHERE: TechTown Detroit | 440 Burroughs, Detroit
Dominic Keating, Director, IP Attaché Program
Timothy Browning, IP Attaché for Guangzhou, China
Laura Hammel, Attorney-Advisor for Brazil and South America
Deborah Lashley-Johnson, IP Attaché for the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
Michael Lewis, IP Attaché for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
Donald Townsend, IP Attaché for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
IP Attachés are U.S. diplomats assigned to a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad to advocate U.S. positions on intellectual property matters for the benefit of U.S. stakeholders. IP Attachés work closely with teams of specialized patent, trademark, copyright, and enforcement attorneys to promote high-quality intellectual property protection and enforcement internationally.
Topics of discussion will include:
- The international IP concerns of TechTown Detroit members
- International priorities, concerns and legal considerations for intellectual property (including patents, trademarks and copyright)
- Issues that may be encountered by businesses seeking to conduct business overseas
- Tips and suggestions to consider when planning to export products to foreign countries
- USPTO efforts to improve international IP matters that are important to business owners