For almost 25 years, Intellectual Property Owners Association and then Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation have presented PTO Day, a one-day conference, in cooperation with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). PTO Day brings together experts from the USPTO and the private bar to discuss current developments. The objective for the conference is to present high quality education and to promote continuing government-private sector dialogue on intellectual property rights. The luncheon features an address by the Director of the USPTO.
PTO Day is local, so little or no government travel involved. About 150 USPTO employees attend at significantly discounted rate, and many USPTO employees speak at the conference and attend on a complimentary basis as a result. This high level of participation creates a rich exchange between the public and private bar and allows stakeholders to come together to improve all aspects of the patent and trademark application process. A prohibition on the attendance of more than 25 employees from a Federal department or agency at any single conference occurring within the United States would kill PTO Day. We hope this amendment will not be added to the Continuing Resolution. Programs like PTO Day provide a valuable opportunity for government and private experts to discuss professional issues in a professional setting, benefiting everyone.