United States to Commemorate World Intellectual Property Day

By Gene Quinn
May 4, 2011

Secretary Gary Locke

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will belatedly commemorate World Intellectual Property Day on Thursday, May 5, 2011, in a ceremony at the Rayburn House Office Building in the House Judiciary Committee hearing room.  The event will take place starting at 4:00 pm.  Secretary Locke’s remarks will begin at approximately 4:10 pm, and he is expected to highlight the importance of intellectual property protection and enforcement to the U.S. economy, celebrating the 11th anniversary of World Intellectual Property Day.  World Intellectual Property Day is April 26, 2011, each year.  For more on the worldwide celebration of World Intellectual Property Day this year see Ranting on Congress: Not a Happy World IP Day in the US.

Locke will be joined by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, Teresa Stanek Rea, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office,
James Pooley, WIPO Deputy Director General and Q. Todd Dickinson, a former USPTO Director himself and the current Executive Director of the AIPLA. The event is jointly being sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

What is World Intellectual Property Day? In 2000, WIPO member states decided to designate a World Intellectual Property Day to raise awareness of the role of intellectual property in our daily lives, and to celebrate the contribution made by innovators and artists to the development of societies around the world. The date selected for celebrating World Intellectual Property Day was April 26, which was chosen because it was April 26, 1970 when the Convention establishing WIPO entered into force. So today also marks the 41st Anniversary of the establishment of WIPO.

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Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and President & CEO ofIPWatchdog, Inc.. Gene founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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