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The White House Business Council and Greater New York Chambers' members participated in a "Winning the Future Roundtable with American Business", featuring Mr. David Kappos, Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office over breakfast.

May 2011


White House Business Council Roundtable Breakfast meeting with Greater New York Chamber members featuring Mr. David Kappos, Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Small businesses and entrepreneurs require better access to resources, according to Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos, who spoke to a group of Greater New York Chamber of Commerce members on Tuesday.

At the “Winning the Future Roundtable with American Business”, Mr. Kappos lead a discussion with seventeen Chamber members on a variety of business issues, including intellectual property law in the age of the Internet, challenges facing women and minority owned businesses and a more efficient copyright registration process.

While the lively discussion among Chamber members and Kappos covered a wide range of issues, the “key message of the morning,” according to GNYCC President Mark Jaffe, was helping connect businesses with the resources they need.

Seeing business owners with enthusiasm and great ideas “gives me tremendous optimism about the future of this country,” said Kappos. “The problem,” he said, “is connecting the people who have those ideas with the people who can make those ideas reality.”
The primary purpose of the Roundtable discussion, explained Kappos, was to listen. After his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama asked senior administration officials to “get as far out of DC as possible,” according to Kappos, in order to host roundtables with business leaders in at least 100 cities across the country and determine the critical issues facing businesses.

Kappos said the information he gathered from Chamber members at the Roundtable was “enormously helpful,” and emphasized the importance of “using the Chambers of Commerce as a communication vehicle.”

Attendants at the Roundtable included Christopher John Bossa of AFEX, Jon Gelberg of Blue Fountain Media, Kristin M. Howlett of CH2MHill, Nikhil Gadkari of Citibank, Charles Klein of Davidoff Malito & Hutcher LLP, Marcel Florestal of Florestal Law Firm, Kimberly Giese of Goldstar, Jaime Glover of Green Hybrid Energy Solutions, Jaime Brickhouse of Harper Collins Publishing, Francesco Ciccone of New York RX Card, Joe Rojas of Nex5 and Rashida A. Karmali, Cynthia DiBartolo, Esq, of Tigress Financial Partners and Lilli Steinberg of Tri Utility Cost Reductions.