The United States Patent and Trademark Office will present a National Trademark Expo May 8 and 9, 2009. The event will be held on the agency’s campus in Alexandria, Virginia, at 600 Dulany Street in the atrium of the Madison Building. The Expo is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 8 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. There will be an opening ceremony with ribbon cutting for the Expo at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 8. The Expo is free, fun and informative for the whole family.
The Expo will feature exciting colorful interactive exhibits that illustrate the pervasive and important role trademarks play in our economy. Visitors will learn about the many different kinds of trademarks such as sound, shape and color, and will also learn about the history and evolution of trademarks, some of which are more than 100 years old. Iconic trademarked characters like the Pillsbury Doughboy, Hershey’s Kiss, and Sprout will make appearances during the two day event. They will be joined by the USPTO’s Trademark Expo character, T.Markey.
Companies exhibiting at the Expo include Travelers, the Hershey Company, Callaway Golf and UPS among others. A complete list of the exhibitors and a description of their exhibit is attached. In addition to Trademark Exhibitors, local businesses will also participate in the Expo. For example, Hooray For Books of Alexandria will present a Story Time especially for children.
The Expo will highlight anti-counterfeiting efforts and how counterfeit goods cause great harm to the economy. Counterfeit goods not only cost American businesses billons of dollars annually, but they also undermine consumer confidence in brand integrity when purchasers encounter knock-off goods of inferior quality.
More information about the National Trademark Expo is available at www.uspto.gov or by calling 571-272-8400.
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