October 15, 2007
The College of Law, in partnership with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, will host two high-profile events in mid and late October that will showcase the collaboration between law and business in the area of Intellectual Property.
The colleges will host the 2007 IP Legends Award Luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 17, to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in the area of intellectual property, both in the business and legal arenas.
The first recipients to be honored with IP Legends Awards include Miles Alexander, partner at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP; S. Truett Cathy, founder and CEO of Chick-fil-A; and Sandy Evans, former chief IP counsel for BellSouth.
“In the U.S. and around the world, our rapidly evolving, knowledge-based economy is dependent on intellectual capital and driven by ideas and innovation,” explained Scott Frank, President of AT&T Intellectual Property and a founding member and chair of the Georgia State College of Law Intellectual Property Advisory Board. “Intellectual property is one of the primary components of the intangible, conceptual assets in business, which today account for approximately 75 percent of the value of most publicly traded companies. So naturally, there is a strong connection between IP law and success in business.”
Sponsors of the event include AT&T, the Georgia Tech Venture Lab, the Georgia Research Alliance, the State Bar Association of Georgia Intellectual Property Section and the Atlanta Bar Association Intellectual Property Section.
For more information on the 2007 Awards Luncheon, or on how to submit nominations for or be a sponsor for next year's IP Legends Award, please contact Kathryn Wade (404.853.8031 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Natasha Moffitt (404.572.2783 or email@example.com).
Legal experts in the field of corporate intellectual property law will have access to the latest best practices and ideas from global IP experts during College of Law and Robinson College of Business' second joint effort for October.
The first-ever Corporate Intellectual Property Institute is slated for Oct. 23-24 at the Georgia State University Student Center. From technology transfer, brand licensing, business development, legal counsel, patents and much more, the event will include two full days of interactive panel discussions and networking. The Corporate IP Institute was organized by intellectual property and licensing professionals in Atlanta to share best practices, network and discuss emerging business issues.
“The Corporate Intellectual Property Institute will provide a forum for IP professionals from around the world to recalibrate their best practices to the current business climate,” explained Frank. “The first day focuses on infrastructure - Keeping your IP House in Order. Day two has a more outward facing perspective, focusing on value extraction and interacting with other IP holders.”
Topics covered during the event include IP quality assessment and valuation, licensing for high value and assertion licensing.
“With the theme of Offense-Defense-Strategy, the Corporate IP Institute will also offer 12 CLE credits,” added organization member Chason Carroll, Director of Intellectual Property at CompuCredit. “These credits will be applicable for lawyers in both Georgia and Florida, so we encourage lawyers to take advantage of this opportunity for continuing education credits.”
Heads of both Georgia State colleges involved believe the partnership is advantageous for IP professional in Atlanta and beyond.
"The College of Business is extremely pleased to collaborate with the College of Law in developing the Corporate IP Institute, Corporate IP Roundtable and the IP Legends Award event,” commented H. Fenwick Huss, dean of the Robinson College of Business. “These initiatives will assist the business community in maximizing the value of their intellectual property assets and will honor those who have made exemplary contributions to IP development."
Executive speakers are confirmed from more than 20 commercial enterprises representing best-in-class intellectual asset management across various industry sectors. Presenters will include IP professionals from Air Products & Chemicals, AT&T Intellectual Property, The Coca-Cola Company, CompuCredit, Cox Communications, E.I. du Pont de Nemours, GE Energy, IBM, Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc., Motorola, Newell-Rubbermaid, Pitney-Bowes, The Procter & Gamble Company and UPS.
“Likewise, the College of Law is delighted with this linkage between our intellectual property initiative and the College of Business,” added Dean Kaminshine. “These events all serve to demonstrate the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration between law and business. Effective lawyering requires practitioners to appreciate the context within which the law operates, and the Corporate IP Institute is an important example that highlights this truth.”