SOURCE: INTA

August 17, 2007 10:14 ET

INTA Joins Forces With U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Combat Counterfeiting and Piracy

Association Invites Area Members and Press to Participate in Events Aimed at Protecting Brands, Consumers and Jobs

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 17, 2007) - Today the International Trademark Association (INTA) announces that it is co-sponsoring the Los Angeles Counterfeiting and Piracy Awareness Week. As a member-based organization, INTA is dedicated to protecting brand owners' rights and educating the public against the global threat of illegitimate goods and their harmful impact on consumers and the economy.

This event, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is a weeklong series of educational and media events throughout the Los Angeles area that highlights the costs, risks and threats posed by counterfeiting and piracy.

"We are honored to co-sponsor this event and thank the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for developing this program as it effectively draws attention to the social and economic dangers associated with these fraudulent and illegal activities," said INTA Executive Director, Alan Drewsen.

These events underscore the fact that counterfeiting and piracy are not only local and regional issues, but that they also pose a global threat. Each day's events will address specific topics about this growing crisis and its impact on local businesses and consumers.

To help garner support, INTA cordially invites Association members and the press, free of charge, to participate in these events and to meet with Michelle Sara King, INTA's Government Relations Manager from Washington, D.C.

To arrange an on-site meeting with Michelle Sara King, please contact her at (202) 491-7451.

For additional information about the program or to RSVP, please e-mail Katie Wilson at kwwilson@uschamber.com or call 202-657-2603.

The Los Angeles Counterfeiting and Piracy Awareness Week schedule is as follows:


Monday, August 20
Title: Fighting the Fakes: Los Angeles Model City Launch
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Tuesday, August 21
Title: The Cost of Counterfeiting and Piracy
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Grand at Willow Street Centre
4101 E. Willow Street
Long Beach, CA 90815

Wednesday, August 22
Title: The ABCs of Intellectual Property Rights
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Carver Middle School
4410 McKinley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90011

Title: The True Costs of Fashion Counterfeiting
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: California Market Center
110 East Ninth Street, Penthouse 13 B
Los Angeles, CA 90079

Thursday, August 23
Title: To Catch a Pirate
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Location: Mann Chinese 6 Theatres
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

Title: Counterfeiting and Piracy Town Hall
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: The Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

About INTA

The International Trademark Association (INTA), founded in 1878, is an association of more than 5,300 member companies and firms from more than 190 countries, dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of fair and effective national and international commerce. For more information on the Association and its goals, please visit www.inta.org.

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