Symposium on Intellectual Property Rights to be Held

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: June 12, 2006

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ever-expanding use of the Internet by individuals around the world is continually increasing cyber threats, such as the theft of intellectual property, to the United States. Intellectual property rights violations include the theft of trade secrets, copyright infringement, trademark infringement and signal theft.

To better examine the issue, the Center of Excellence in Information Systems Assurance Research and Education (CEISARE) at the University at Buffalo will host an Intellectual Property Rights Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 21 in the Center for the Arts, UB North (Amherst) Campus.

Co-sponsors of the symposium are FBI's Buffalo Cyber Task Force and InfraGard, an FBI-sponsored association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and others dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States.

Keynote speaker will be Leslie Bryant, chief of the Intellectual Property Rights Unit in the FBI's Cyber Division, who will discuss the strategy of the Cyber Division and emerging trends in intellectual property rights matters. Others scheduled to speak represent Microsoft Corp., the Entertainment Software Association, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry of America and the Business Software Association.

For more information or to register for the conference, which is free of charge, go to