UK Elections

The primaries to nominate candidates for our Presidential election are still a little less than a year away.  However, if you want to satisfy your political sweet tooth, you can check out the latest happenings in the United Kingdom where voters will vote to elect members to the House of Commons on May 7.  At least seven major parties are seriously contesting for seats in that house of Parliament that will determine the course of the country for the next five years.  You can track election news at the BBC Website and at the two major British newspapers, the Guardian and the Telegraph.


Free USPTO/MBDA Webinars: Going Global with Intellectual Property

Free webinars to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses!

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host a series of free 1-hour webinars starting on April 28 to provide business owners with useful information on the international aspects of intellectual property and conducting commerce at home and overseas.  Expanding a business globally for growth and profit opportunities requires keen insight about complex international laws that can often vary from country to country.

Tune in and get insightful information from senior USPTO intellectual property experts Susan Anthony, Michael Neas, and Susan M. Richey. The information discussed will help you protect and promote your intellectual property rights abroad.

Tuesday: Copyrights – April 28, 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. AZ Mountain Time)

Webinar overview:  There is no such thing as “international copyright,” but most countries do offer copyright protection to foreign works under certain conditions that have been greatly simplified by international copyright treaties and conventions.  Nonetheless, today’s businesses are increasingly facing both national and global copyright issues through protection and use of copyrighted materials in the digital age.  This webinar will lay the foundation with a brief explanation of the Berne Convention, followed by a discussion of the ways in which copyright laws in the countries of the world are similar or different, and conclude with examples of typical scenarios encountered by today’s businesses in protecting and using copyrighted works on the internet.  Participants also will be provided a “refresher” on what copyright is and the importance of copyright to all businesses, regardless of the industry or nature of the business.

Wednesday: Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) – April 29, 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. AZ Mountain Time)

Webinar overview:  Discover how filing an international patent application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) can simultaneously assist you in seeking patent protection for your invention in 148 countries around the world. Also, learn how the PCT provides guidance to collaborating patent offices on patent granting decisions, and offers the public access to technical information relating to intellectual property issues.

Thursday: Trademarks – April 30, 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. AZ Mountain Time)

Webinar overview: Well-protected, strong trademark rights provide a competitive edge in the marketplace. Trademarks distinguish your business from those of your competitors by signaling it as the source of particular goods and services and assuring consumers that a certain level of quality accompanies those goods and services. As such, trademarks often represent one of the most valuable assets that a company can own.

This webinar will equip today’s businessperson with a fundamental understanding of this valuable form of intellectual property and offer a framework for protection of their marks at home and abroad. Although protection of trademarks can be complex and varies country by country, by learning some basic strategies, today’s business person can safeguard these important assets whether the company does business on a national or international basis.

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The Declaration of Arbroath


On this date in 1320, the Scottish people declared their Independence from England via the Declaration of Arborath.  In this document, the concept of the “consent of the governed” was first revealed.  In 1290, these was no heir to throne of the King of Scotland and among the squabbling of the local nobles, the King of England, Edward I, tried to rule the land.  This met with resistance by the Scottish people and it led to the famous battle of Bannockburn in 1314 which resulted in a decisive Scottish victory under Robert the Bruce. Unfortunately, for various reasons, Bruce was not universally recognized as the leader of the Scottish people and there were internal disputes.  The Declaration of Arborath was written to the Pope to plead for the recognition of the Scots as an independent people, to recognize Robert the Bruce as the leader of the Scots and to air its grievances of abuses under Edward I and Edward II.   The most famous line in the document was the following: “Yet if he should give up what he has begun, and agree to make us or our kingdom subject to the King of England or the English, we should exert ourselves at once to drive him out as our enemy and a subverter of his own rights and ours, and make some other man who was well able to defend us our King; for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.”

National Library Week Exhibit Grand Opening!


Join us for the Grand Opening of the Arizona State Library’s National Library Week Exhibit Monday, April 13th at 9:00am.

Grand Opening Day Programs will include a demonstration of 3D printing, e-books, and the Arizona Memory Project.

Meet representatives from the Library Development, Arizona Talking Book Library, and the State Library of Arizona.

  • 9:15am-10:30 Innovation in Libraries: 3D Printing Demonstration
  • 11:00-11:45 ONEBOOKAZ: Arizona Authors, Arizona Readers
  • 12:00-12:45 Reading Arizona: Ebooks: Explore the Literary Landscape
  • 1:00 -1:45  Arizona Talking Book Library: That All May Read
  • 2:00 -2:45 Access Arizona’s History and Culture: The Arizona Memory Project
  • 3:00-3:45 Where to find that: State publications collection items in AMP

Grand Opening: Monday, April 13, 2015

Exhibit Open Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 17

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Location: State Library of Arizona, Third Floor Conference Area (by Reading Room 300)

1700 W. Washington St. (State Capitol), Phoenix, AZ 85007