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The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Co-Hosted Annual World IP Day Events at USPTO and Senate

April 21, 2017
The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Co-Hosted Annual World IP Day Events at USPTO and Senate
The Standing-Room Only Events Featured Members of Congress, Nike, Inc. and Grit, Inc.

Alexandria, VA & Washington, DC. AIPLA co-hosted two standing-room only events for the 2017's World Intellectual Property Day on Thursday, April 26, 2017, to celebrate this year’s theme – Innovation: Improving Lives. The programs featured informative sessions about World IP Day, why we celebrate it, and the role IP plays in everyday life, the economy, and inspiring innovation. Speakers included John Sandage, Deputy Director General, Patent & Technology Sector, WIPO; Shira Perlmutter, USPTO’s Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs; Joseph Ferretti, Vice President and Chief Counsel, Global Trademarks, PepsiCo, Inc., and INTA President; Frank Cullen, Executive Director, US Intellectual Property Policy, US Chamber of Commerce; Lisa K. Jorgenson, AIPLA Executive Director; and Dana Colarulli, Director, Office of Governmental Affairs, USPTO.

"Every April 26, we celebrate World IP Day to learn about the role that intellectual property plays in inspiring innovation and creativity in the world around us. Innovation is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable, and certainly more enjoyable " said AIPLA Executive Director Lisa K. Jorgenson.

Embracing the theme of innovation and improving lives, the programs featured energetic keynote presentations from two companies who are developing products to improve individual mobility and accessibility. Mario Bollini, Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer, Global Research Innovation and Technology, Inc. (GRIT), presented his company’s journey in developing the GRIT Freedom Chair, a wheel chair specially designed for off-road use, a USPTO 2015 Patents for Humanity award winner. Jeanine Hayes, Chief IP Officer, Nike, Inc., and Tobie Hatfield, Senior Director of Athlete Innovations and Explorations, Nike, Inc., presented on Nike's innovative products and brand, including Nike's FlyEase technology—the award winning product designed to serve and inspire athletes of all abilities.

was honored to collaborate with not only the US Patent & Trademark Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization, but also the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Center and the International Trademark Association on these programs dedicated to educating the public about the importance of intellectual property. The morning's event took place at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) main office in Alexandria, Virginia and the afternoon event took place at the Senate Hart Office Building in Washington, DC. These programs represent only two of the more than 30 events in 25 cities around the US that AIPLA’s Public Education Committee is presenting this year.

Be sure to join us next April 26 in Washington DC for World IP Day 2018! Visit www.creativityinbloom.comfor more information on events happening around the country.

AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, celebrating its 120th anniversary, was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues. AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community.  
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