Last week, Outsell’s Chief Technology Officer, Bryan Harwood, spoke as part of a panel of experts on enforcement of intellectual property rights for a delegation from Pakistan.
Under the auspices of the Pakistan-U.S. Cooperation, representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan; Federal Judicial Academy, Pakistan; Commercial Law Development Program; and U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, came together with an international mission. Learning about the enforcement of IP laws in the Unites States, the delegates from Pakistan hoped to return home better informed to build out their own newly establishing practices.
Harwood was joined on the panel by The Honorable James D. Smith, Chief IP Counsel for Ecolab, and Kevin Rhodes, Chief IP Counsel for 3M. Harwood was asked to participate to offer a small business perspective. Smaller companies tend to be less concerned with patents and focus more on the protection of trade secrets.
“It was an exciting opportunity to share the stage with such esteemed colleagues, providing our peers in Pakistan what expertise we could share about topics they are only just beginning to explore,” Harwood said.
As part of the American Inns of Court, which “inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education and mentoring,” this event was a prime example of international cooperation in the technology community.