Remarks by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison at the 2016 Trademark Expo

| October 21, 2016

Remarks by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison at the 2016 Trademark Expo
Thank you, Richard, and good morning everyone – including those of you watching remotely from home or work. I want to welcome everyone to the 2016 National Trademark Expo.  We are excited that the expo has returned to the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium for the first time since the early 1990’s. This is my first Expo as Commissioner for Trademarks and I chose to move the expo from the USPTO campus in Alexandria, VA to Washington, DC to make it more accessible for a wider range of attendees. An important part of the mission at the USPTO is education and outreach and this venue certainly aligns with the agency’s ongoing education outreach efforts. What better location to connect with and educate citizens on the important role of trademarks in the national and global economy than here a few feet from the National Mall and so close to Capitol Hill. Speaking of Capitol Hill, I recently attended a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Lanham Act on Capitol Hill.  Also in attendance were Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle Lee, Senators Coon and Grassley, and Representative DelBene. As Director Lee noted in her remarks, “The advantages enshrined in federal trademark law because of the Lanham Act are critical to competing and thriving in today’s global economy.”

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