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Heads of International IP Offices to Speak at AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute

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Posted: Jan. 14, 2013 @ 4:18 pm
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Teresa Rea, soon to be Acting Director of the USPTO. Taken January 17, 2012.

Arlington, Virginia –On Saturday, February 2, during the  AIPLA 2013 Mid-Winter Institute, in Tampa, FL, AIPLA will gather Heads of IP Offices from key countries around the world to provide perspective and advice on how to best utilize their IP systems when competing in the modern global economy.

The Heads of IP Offices in Brazil, Hong Kong, and Mexico will give their perspectives on:

(1) the current challenges their offices face;

(2) the role their office plays in the state of business and the economy of their country;

(3) how IP affects the economy in their country, both domestically and in the global economy; and

(4) how this affects US companies doing business in their country.

AIPLA is privileged to feature The Honorable Teresa Stanek Rea, in her first public presentation as Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Ms. Rea will give the USPTO perspective on the global nature of IP as it relates to the world economy, and how businesses compete in the globalized economy utilizing IP as a business asset and strategic tool. She will explain what the USPTO and the US government are doing for IP in key economies around the world, and provide a vision for the next few years at the USPTO.

The Heads of Office will be joined by two noted experts in Technology Transfer from South Africa and Central and Eastern Europe, to further explore the dynamics of maximizing the effectiveness of IP on entering and doing business in their markets, including:

  • In what ways is IP critical to their countries’ economies in recent years, and how will that increase in the coming years?
  • What is the impact of the increasingly globalized economy on how each country deals with the thorny questions of IP protection as a business asset?
  • Has the role of the IP offices changed along with the changing global economy? Is the IP system keeping pace with economic change?
  • How can the IP offices worldwide collaborate in view of the borderless nature of the modern global economy?
  • What do US businesses have to do in order to thrive in the emerging economies?
  • How can US firms that do business there help those economies grow, modernize and thrive?

Register today for the AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute.


Founded in 1897, AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.

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