NAMM Show to Feature U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Booth

Information About Intellectual Property Rights Available to Show Attendees

December 18, 2006

NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office will be staffing a booth at this year’s NAMM Show in order to educate exhibitors and attendees about intellectual property (IP) rights and the realities of IP protection in America and abroad.

USPTO specialists will be at the Anaheim Convention Center’s main lobby to discuss trademark protection, copyrights, patents, trade secrets and the U.S. government resources available that can help NAMM Members protect their IP assets and enforce them. The booth will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 18, 2007, to Jan. 20, 2007, and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2007.

“Protecting intellectual property assets is an essential part of every company’s business strategy, including songwriters and music product manufacturers,” said Susan Anthony, adviser at the USPTO. “Competitive advantage in the marketplace is dependent on proprietary and confidential business information and knowledge. For example, many people do not know that intellectual property protection is territorial and it must be protected on a country-by-country basis. Intellectual property protection stops at the border’s edge, just like a fence on the edge of your real property.”

According to Judy Dodds, director of membership services at NAMM, as a global leader in the music products industry NAMM supports the protection of intellectual property rights.

“These rights are an important foundation of our industry, providing creators and innovators with necessary benefits of their creativity,” Dodds said. “At NAMM, we believe that inventors, manufacturers, publishers and other creators and owners of intellectual property are entitled to protect their rights in accordance with the law. NAMM is committed to the principle that intellectual property rights are to be respected, and we strongly urge our Members to develop protection and enforcement programs for their creative endeavors in consultation with an attorney experienced in the field of intellectual property rights.”