Surgeon, inventor and philanthropist, Gary Michelson, to keynote the 2020 IP Awareness Summit

An orthopedic surgeon and one of medicine’s most successful inventors, Gary K. Michelson will deliver a keynote at the third Intellectual Property Awareness Summit on March 5 in Berkeley, CA.

Dr. Michelson, inventor of the most widely used spinal surgery technologies, is the most prolific inventor in the history of medicine. He currently holds over 340 U.S. patents, and he has nearly 1,000 issued or pending patent applications throughout the world. He is the founder of the Michelson 20MM Foundation and one of its flagship initiatives, the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property. His full biography can be found here.

IPAS 2020, the third event of its kind, is being held by the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU), an independent non-profit, in conjunction with UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and the Tusher Center for the Management of Intellectual Capital.

Today’s IP Climate

The subject of Dr. Michelson’s talk will focus on today’s IP climate, and what is required to communicate the message to students, consumers and educators.

“Gary Michelson is the Thomas Edison of surgical innovation,” said Marshall Phelps former Vice President of IP Business and Strategy at Microsoft and IBM, and a member of the CIPU board. “Dr. Michelson is uniquely aware of the transformational power of IP rights, like patents, and equipped to convey the need to broadly understand them. His ideas, energy and commitment to IP education for every college student have provided valuable leadership.”

Confirmed Speakers

Confirmed speakers and panelists thus far include senior executives from AT&T, Tivo, Intertrust Technologies, the USPTO, EUIPO, INTA, France Brevets, the Global Innovation Policy Center and IBM, as well as educators from Stanford University and the Kellogg School of Management.

Mark Cohen, China IP expert, also has agreed to speak, as has Don Clark, former technology editor for the Wall Street Journal and now with the New York Times. David J. Teece, Director of the Tusher Center, a successful entrepreneur and one of the most cited economists, will deliver the opening remarks on IP and international trade and investment.

To view the IPAS 2020 agenda and speakers, as well as partners and supporters, visit

Registration for IPAS 2020 is by invitation. Space is limited. For persons and organizations wishing to receive an invitation, please write

Image source: MIIP; CIPU

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