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Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Overseas Workshop - Traverse City Sept. 17


Practical Advice for Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Overseas Workshop

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Networks Northwest

600 E. Front Street, 2nd Floor, Conference Room #2, Traverse City, MI 49685

9:30am to 10:00am  – Check in and networking
10:00am to 12:00pm – Presentation: Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Overseas


U.S. businesses lose over $300 billion per year to IP theft. In this workshop, learn how to identify and mitigate potential threats.




Thys DeBruyn is President and co-founder of ADVANCE Resources and Consulting. He spent 24 years as a China specialist at the CIA, including two years as Chief of China Operations. Thys lived and worked in China for nine years; he speaks the language and knows the culture.

Since joining the consulting world in 2008, Thys has helped companies protect their technology and Intellectual Property in China and other high-risk foreign markets. Thys has worked with clients in the energy, aerospace, chemical/biochemical, nuclear, heavy equipment, pharmaceutical, agriculture and financial services industries.

Thys has a degree in Economics from Cornell University. He is a native of Traverse City, where he lives with his wife and two boys.

Advance Resources & Consulting, website:

Advance Resources and Consulting gives Michigan companies a competitive advantage in expanding their business overseas, protecting their technology, their information networks, and their people in risk prone foreign markets. Advance Resources & Consulting info-graphic


Thys DeBruyn is the President and co-founder of Advance Resources and Consulting (ARC), which helps businesses protect their technology, information networks, and people in risk prone foreign markets. DeBruyn will be the featured speaker at the September 17th event being presented by the Global Trade Alliance of Northern Michigan to help businesses learn how to protect their intellectual property rights overseas. Watch the video to find out more about the presentation.



This workshop is free to attend, but pre-registration is required.
Contact: Scott Gest, (231) 929-5091 or



More about the Presenter:

Thys DeBruyn, President and co-founder of Advance Resources and Consulting (ARC), shares more about ARC.



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