International RelationsRay Addie
Shelly A. Chase
The International Relations Committee serves to welcome visiting guests, and most especially foreign scholars, to the Patent and Trademark Office. Interacting with the Office of Legislative and International Affairs, the committee provides information, assistance, and friendship to scores of people who visit the PTOS each year. With visitors generally coming in groups semi-annually to attend PTO provided training classes, the committee schedules luncheons, dinners and sightseeing opportunities for visitors. At these functions, committee members meet people from patent and trademark communities around the world and share their thoughts and experiences concerning their system of intellectual property and their everyday lives.