David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
On Wednesday, September 7, the Washington Metro Area Association of Corporate Counsel presents a forum on Technology and Intellectual Property issues. The event will be at the offices of Morrison & Foerster LLP, 1650 Tysons Boulevard in McLean Virginia. It begins at noon and ends at 2:00 pm.
In light of the recent economic downturn, investing in our nation’s innovation infrastructure is a top concern for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and will be key to rebuilding the economy and remaining competitive as a country. Under Secretary Kappos will highlight the importance of the patent and trademark system to protecting intellectual property and building a path for the next generation of jobs, tools and innovation. Under Secretary Kappos will address the Obama Administration’s focus on building a more robust patent office, and how conquering barriers to growth will ensure that American businesses are able to thrive.
Following Under Secretary Kappos’ speech, a panel of esteemed general counsels will discuss IP enforcement and brand protection. While most people use the Internet to shop, communicate with friends, and search for ideas, others take advantage of it to copy intellectual property and then target innocent consumers. Internet counterfeiters create and sell counterfeit and knock-off versions of products, such as software and designer accessories; these counterfeit goods can harm the consumer and the intellectual property rights owner in many ways. The panel will discuss methods to combat online counterfeiting and how to protect intellectual property rights.
The featured Speaker isDavid Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Panelists include: Todd Kahn, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, Coach, Inc.; Seth Krauss, executive vice president and general counsel of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.; Dave Tognotti, general manager, vice president of Operations, and general counsel, Monster Cable Products, Inc.; and Michael C. Wu, general counsel and corporate secretary, Rosetta Stone Inc
To register for this program visit www.acc.com/chapters/wmacca.