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NFAIS Offers Seminar on The Information Industry in China:  What You Want and Need to Know.  Registration Discount Available Through May 23rd. 

NFAIS is organizing a one-day seminar - The Information Industry in
China:  What You Want and Need to Know - to be held on June 13, 2008 at PALINET Headquarters, in Philadelphia, PA, from 9:00am to 4:30pm.  This highly interactive seminar will provide an informal and intimate venue in which you can learn more about the opportunities and challenges offered by the Information Industry in China and how to protect your intellectual property in a geographic arena with a reputation for piracy.

The main speaker will be Dr. James Chan, President, Asia Marketing and Management.  Born in China, Dr. Chan started his independent consulting practice in 1983 after having served as China Area Manager and International Promotion Manager for Academic Press, Inc. Based upon his extensive knowledge and first-hand experience in dealing with the information market in China, he will provide details and practical advice on a range of topics – from current trends in the Chinese Information Industry, its challenges and opportunities, requirements for success, fighting piracy and more. In addition, Dr. Chan will address areas of interest and specific questions that were submitted to him earlier this year (Click here to see the list). All registrants will receive a written copy of Dr. Chan's answers prior to the seminar in order to provide fuel for even more questions during the session.  Dr. Chan was rated as the top speaker by attendees of the 2008 NFAIS Annual Conference, so this is an opportunity you will not want to miss!
 
Our second speaker will be Jennifer Young, an International Trade Specialist from the Office of Intellectual Property (IP) at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Recently returned from a three-month stay at the U. S. Embassy in Beijing, China where she worked on a range of IP protection and enforcement concerns, Ms. Young will provide attendees with practical advice on the protection of intellectual property in China and an overview of the resources available to content providers for IP protection and enforcement. She regularly leads webinars on the topic for her U.S. Government colleagues and will be an invaluable resource for your IP questions.

China cannot be ignored.  It is predicted that by the year 2050 it will have the world's largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and could surpass the U.S. as early as 2039.  The percentage of Chinese-language articles and patents is already increasing while the percentage of similar English language documents is in decline.   And the China online service, Baidu.com, Inc., has 5.2% of the worldwide search engine market - third only to Google and Yahoo!
                                                        
What does this mean for you as an information or information technology provider or even as a librarian or information professional who has to provide access to the world's key information? Take this opportunity to learn more on
China from experts in the field in this small, interactive venue.  And as an added bonus, there may be a third speaker - an expert on the Internet and online environment in China - who will teleconference in from the field specifically to answer your questions.

The program, registration form, directions to the meeting location, list of nearby hotels and general
Philadelphia information is available at: http://www.nfais.org/events/event_details.cfm?id=50.

Register early, as seating is limited to 50 attendees.  Before
May 23, 2008, NFAIS members pay $375 and non-members pay $450 (registration fee includes continental breakfast, a box lunch and an afternoon refreshment break).  After May 23, 2008 NFAIS members pay $420 and non-members pay $495.    For more information contact:  Jill O'Neill, NFAIS Director, Communication and Planning, 215-893-1561 (phone); 215-893-1564 (fax); mailto: mailto:[log in to unmask].  

Founded in 1958, NFAIS is a premier membership organization of more than 60 of the world's leading producers of databases, information services, and information technology in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, business, and the arts and humanities.

We Thank Elsevier for their sponsorship of this meeting.

 

Jill O'Neill

Director, Planning & Communication

NFAIS

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