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.

To Register, use the link below:

http://www.mbda.gov/main/register-going-global-intellectual-property-webinar

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