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treatment on the importance of intellectual property rights for entrepreneurs my name is gene Bonilla and i am the director of the Office of International intellectual property enforcement in the bureau of economic and business affairs here at the State Department I am your moderator for today's discussion as we are just under one week away from President Obama's global entrepreneurship summit which takes place in palo alto california it is important to highlight the critical role that intellectual property rights plays in creating a healthy climate for entrepreneurship protecting intellectual property means giving peace of mind to creative thinkers who want to turn their products into profit entrepreneurship means economic prosperity for individuals growth for communities and stability for entire nations but there's little to gain from starting a business when the core idea can be stolen by someone else I would like to thank our impressive set of audience members for this event we're joined on camera by attendees from abuja nigeria and hvar ona botswana thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to speak with us on this important topic we would also like to extend a warm welcome to other audience members watching from Baghdad bujumbura and from around the world thank you all for being with us today were privileged to be joined by mr. russell's Slifer deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the united states patent and trademark office russ provides strategic leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world and we're excited that he's able to join us for this important conversation Russ thank you for being with us today thank you it's my pleasure to on you and thank you for the audience and joining us well did you want to say something about your past experience and your your wits at your background brings you to USPTO I'd love to I have an electrical engineering degree I went to college because i had an excitement about solving problems in creating new things and when I got out of college I decided to join a corporation and work as a design engineer and it was there that I first got introduced to intellectual property i sat down with one of the attorneys at our corporation was talking about one of the inventions that one of my colleagues and I had come up with we're learning about patents and that was really my first introduction into I guess if you want to think of it this way a little behind the curve a couple hundred years but it was my exposure into what our founding fathers had recognized in the late 1700s and that is an incentive to invent by obtaining a patent on an invention provides the motivation to not only disclose your invention to others so that they can learn but gives you that motivation to build a business and in even an entire industry around it so that was my introduction to intellectual property and from there I obtained a law degree in a practice intellectual property law for the last 22 years and have been with the Patent and Trademark Office for coming on two years now outstanding well we're very very happy to have you with us here today and I would like to begin today's program with several questions of my own and they may sound very basic but I think that particularly it's important to start the conversation this way so I do want to start by asking you what is IP and how does the Patent and Trademark Office define it it's a great question and when I first joined the Patent Office i worked in one of our newest regional offices and for more than 200 years that patent office was in one location and we opened regional offices around our country so we could better connect with the communities across the u.s. and one thing that I did in that role was go out and meet with entrepreneurs and startups and actually the inventive and creative communities within that region in addressing this topic was usually one of the first things that we wanted to do also intellectual property is defined I guess the best definition is creations of the mind so inventions artistic work literary works things that individuals think of and create with their mind maybe symbols are names that are used in business to represent your your business so that's intellectual property a little bit different from intellectual property is the way in which we protect intellectual property or you might hear it as IPR intellectual property rights so there are several categories of protection for the intellectual property one would be patents we most people have heard of a patent a patent is is a right granted by a government that gives you exclusive rights to make use or sell that invention for a limited period of time in exchange for your disclosure of that invention so the public as a whole can benefit not only from the product that you make but from the knowledge that went into that creation we also have trademarks which cover a name or an image that is used in commerce to represent the origin of the product that is being presented a third would be copyright so copy light copyright laws are provided to protect the artistic creations the literary creations so songs poems movies that are created that part of intellectual property and I throw one more category and that would be trade secrets and trade secrets are intended to protect those secrets that are beneficial to the business operations so an economic benefit to the entrepreneur or the startup or the large corporation and this could be the recipe for the product it could be a method of making the product it could even be the the list of your customers or your suppliers so that in a nutshell is intellectual property and the types of rites that protect them well and I asked you also how PTO protects those rights so maybe you could elaborate a little bit on how we well to patent and trademark office united states patent and trademark offices as you mentioned one of the largest SAR largest in the world we're just short of 13,000 people at our agency and two of our primary missions are to grant patents and registered trademarks so we work very closely not only with our stakeholders are the applicants to examine their patent applications and then grant a patent when it's appropriate but also we work very closely with communities both internationally and domestically to help educate on intellectual property we registered trademarks so we received trademark registrations for the u.s. community or to protect the trademarks in the US so we examine those and then registered trademarks we also are tasked with educating or counseling the executive branch of our government in other intellectual property including copyrights trade secrets we work closely with other departments around government when we're working on trade issues or you know international training things like that well in fact I know that both state and pto are members of the IPR Center which is a an entity that's designed to bring together those federal agencies that are specifically involved in enforcement of intellectual property but I realize we're
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