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Intellectual Property Law and Enforcement: Protecting North Carolina Businesses and Citizens

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North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall, North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, Raleigh
Donya M. Strong, North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, Raleigh

Intellectual property law violations exist in every retail venue. The North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State investigators and task force agents have found counterfeit products of every type, from counterfeit medications and apparel to electronics and household goods.

Compounding the problem of increasing types of counterfeit goods are the negative consequences that flow from their purchase, such as threats to health and safety, job and revenue loss, organized crime, child labor, and gang activity. Criminal enforcement of intellectual property laws is not only critical to protecting NC citizens from fraud and harm, but also to safeguarding the economic innovation of NC businesses.

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  • North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall

    North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall, in 1996, became the first woman elected to a statewide, executive branch office in North Carolina and has served as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State. A former teacher, small business owner, and private practice attorney, Secretary Marshall was elected to the NC State Senate before rising to statewide office. Secretary Marshall has pioneered e-commerce in government, reduced the cost of doing business, protected investors and intellectual property owners, and promoted financial capital formation in North Carolina.

    She has received numerous state and national awards, including the 2020 John A. (Pete) Eberhart Ray of Light Award from Boundless Impact, the 2020 N.C. Bar Association's Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake, Jr. Public Service Award, Leadership North Carolina's 2016 Award for Public Service, and the 2007 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award for a State Government Official. In addition, she was honored with the 2019 Brand Protection Hero Award from the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP), the Charlotte Business Journal's 2017 International Trade Lifetime Achievement Award, and Meredith College's 2017 Woman of Achievement Award, Secretary Marshall has been honored with four honorary doctorates, Triangle Business Journal's Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Business, and was a 2018 Inductee for the NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame. She has also received Lifetime Achievement Awards from North Carolina 4-H and the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

    Click here for more information about Secretary Marshall.

  • Donya M. Strong

    Donya M. Strong is the Trademark/Intellectual Property Prosecutor for the North Carolina Secretary of State. In this capacity, Ms. Strong prosecutes or assists in the prosecution of criminal cases that arise from the counterfeit trademark investigations throughout the state.

    A seasoned prosecutor, she comes to the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State after more than a decade practicing criminal law. As an Assistant District Attorney, Ms. Strong has prosecuted a variety of cases in the District Attorney's Offices of Durham and Wayne counties, including arson, child abuse, domestic violence, embezzlement, fraud, homicide, identity theft, notary violations, property crimes, and sexual assault. She has also worked as an associate at Harris & Associates PLLC, where she represented clients in various courts throughout the State.

    Before attending law school at North Carolina Central University, Ms. Strong worked as journalist at two major daily newspapers and has a journalism degree (Spanish minor) from Howard University in Washington, DC.

    Click here for more information about Ms. Strong.

May 12, 2021
Wed 11:55 AM EDT

Duration 1H 5M

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