• Luncheon with U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property

    March 15 2012, 01:00 - 01:00
    Location: AmCham France - 77 rue de Miromesnil 75008 Paris

    Paris, March 15, 2012 – the American Chamber of Commerce in France had the honor of hosting Teresa Stanek Rea, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property at our new offices for a private roundtable luncheon and discussion. The principal focus of the luncheon was the bill Leahy-Smith America Invents Act signed into law on September 16 2011. This bipartisan and bicameral bill will update the US patent system, and aims to reduce the confusion behind the meanings of patents, claims and promote innovation in all sectors of activity.

    Several Intellectual Property representatives form companies present including: Microsoft France, Verizon Business, Vivendi, Longchamp were given the opportunity to openly discuss their questions with Under Secretary Teresa Rea.

    The Under Secretary also mentioned that Patents are currently being used as a business weapon, further discussing the issue with “patent trolls”, or entities who buy Patents without the intent to use, aggressively protecting anyone else from manufacturing the product. She also painted a portrait of the actual “signing” of the legislation by President Barack Obama, done at Thomas Jefferson High School, a brilliant math and science magnet, further promoting equality and strengthening the “nurturing” of young thinkers and inventors.

    We are very grateful to Under Secretary Teresa Stanek Rea for providing the American Chamber of Commerce and its members with a unique opportunity to meet and discuss the intellectual property policies in the United States of America.

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