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1/26/16 - Economic espionage: protecting IP, trade secrets focus of February session

Do you know how to protect your intellectual property or trade secrets? What are the warning signs that someone may be trying to access your protected and most valuable information?

Join the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Economic Espionage: Protecting Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets seminar on Feb. 9 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the theater at Bost Extension Center. Presenters for this session will include Neil Lewis, the director of the Office of Research Security at MSU, and FBI Special Agent Chris Hinkle.

Industries in the United States spend more on research and development than any other country. With that amount of effort expended on developing new processes or technology, companies and other firms want to do as much as they can to protect their trade secrets and intellectual property.

What would happen if a competitor either in the U.S. or from a foreign country were to steal a company's trade secrets or intellectual property? The resulting damage could be enormous with lost revenue, lost employment, lost investment for R&D, damaged reputation, and even the end of the company.

This joint seminar between Mississippi State and the FBI will identify the issues and how to respond. Also a short video, "The Company Man," will be shown. The video tells the story of an actual U.S. company that was targeted by a foreign entity, and how it cooperated with the FBI to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Please register online for this seminar at www.research.msstate.edu/workshops.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Taylor at 662-325-3168 or ltaylor@research.msstate.edu.

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