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Lisa Kuuttila, President & CEO of STC.UNM, will speak at a national conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 21.  The conference is being sponsored by Innovation Alliance, a coalition of entrepreneurial companies whose mission is to improve the quality of U.S. patents and protect the integrity of the U.S. patent system in order to promote innovation and job creation in the U. S.

The conference, titled "Patents, Innovation and Job Creation:  A Virtuous Circle," will explore the critical importance strong patents play in investors' decisions to invest in new companies and the ways in which a strong patent system can serve companies of all sizes and business goals.  Kuuttila will participate in a panel discussion on "Job Creation and Innovation:  How an Idea Can Create Jobs and Economic Growth," as an academic leader and expert on IP protection and technology commercialization within the research university community.   

Keynote speakers include Paul R. Michel, Chief Judge, Retired U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a recipient of many awards for contributions to the area of intellectual property law such as the 2010 Federico Award from the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office for "outstanding contribution to the Patent and Trademark Systems of the United States of America," and David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

To find out more about the free conference visit: Innovation Alliance RSVP.

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