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Protect Your Intellectual Property When Going Global

March 13, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

- $25

Protect Your Intellectual Property When Going Global

The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depend directly on effective ways to protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks, enhances IP protection for U.S. companies worldwide by strengthening IP provisions in international agreements. Learn about the latest tools to protect your IP in both the U.S. and around the world, so you can expand your sales and increase revenue.


  • Overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
  • Understanding the risks of early disclosure
  • How intellectual property and manufacturing overlap
  • Types of resources and assistance available through the USPTO


John Cabeca, West Coast Regional Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

As the Regional Director of the West Coast United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), John Cabeca carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO and is responsible for establishing and leading the USPTO’s west coast regional office located in Silicon Valley. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Mr. Cabeca ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

A veteran of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for over 28 years, Mr. Cabeca previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role, he worked closely across the Agency’s leadership to implement the policies and priorities for the USPTO. He began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from Widener University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Cabeca became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1997 and joined the Senior Executive Service in 2008 serving as a Patent Technology Center Director over the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies.

Program Schedule

7:00-9:00 a.m.
7:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m. – Registration | Breakfast | Networking
7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. – Program

Ticket includes breakfast.

Elizabeth Krauth | Director, U.S. Commercial Service, North Bay Office at Dominican University of California

Hosted by
Cynthia Murray | President and CEO, North Bay Leadership Council

Dr. Denise Lucy | Executive Director, Institute for Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California


March 13, 2018
7:00 am - 9:00 am


Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus
Sonoma Mountain Pkwy #680
Petaluma, CA 94954 United States
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