NAMM members have the unique opportunity to connect with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at both the NAMM Show and Summer NAMM and to learn ways to protect intellectual property (IP), including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights, domestically and abroad, particularly in China. The USPTO has been a strong supporter of NAMM for many years, hosting the USPTO Strategy for Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP) Booth at the NAMM Show, making presentations on IP "hot topics" and handling calls from NAMM members on its STOP Hotline, 1-866-999-HALT. USPTO also supports NAMM members on specific IP preparation for trade shows in China and Russia. Global Acting Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) Acting Director Susan Anthony leads the USPTO initiative with NAMM and has nearly 30 years’ experience and expertise in almost all facets of intellectual property protection and enforcement. For more information please visit USPTO.
USPTO also hosts NAMM members at an annual IP Academy designed to support music products business leaders in understanding intellectual property issues and strategies for protecting IP globally. The NAMM IP Academy takes place in Alexandria, Virginia during the spring. Please check back later in the year for more details or email Eric Ebel.