Senator Thom Tillis & Celebrated Inventor James West, Confirmed to keynote IP Awareness Summit, April 28-29

Intellectual property and entrepreneurs, China, diversity & inclusion and overlooked intangible asset value will be among topics addressed at the 4th Intellectual Property Awareness Summit, April 28th and 29th. The registration fee is waived this year. 

Senator Thom Tillis, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and will open the event. IPAS 2021 will be held virtually and feature a total of 18 thought-leaders from a range of disciplines. This year’s theme is ‘IP and the lives it touches’.

Four panels will be held over two days with a keynote speaker on each day. IPAS 2021 will feature leading IP owners, educators, investors and creators.

Policymakers, investors and more

More than 200 persons are expected to attend, including policymakers, investors, educators and students. Day Two keynote is James E. West, Hall of Fame inventor, acoustician and former Bell Labs researcher, who will talk about generating new ideas, minorities and inclusion.

Senator Tillis of North Carolina holds a deep understanding of technology, commerce and policy, having had a 29-year career serving as a top-level executive at PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM. As Chair of the Senate IP Subcommittee in the 116th Congress, Senator Tillis held 140 stakeholder meetings and 17 Senate hearings on IP topics, and introduced draft legislative

text on reforms to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. His subcommittee held three hearings in 2019 on the state of patent eligibility and heard from 45 witnesses. Senator Tillis was elected as U.S. Senator to North Carolina in 2014.

“CIPU does an artful job of bringing together the right folks to catalyze the right conversations,” said James Conley, Clinical Professor of Technology at the Kellogg School of Management and a member of the National Academy of Inventors.

IPAS 2021 panel topics include:

  • Does the IP system effectively promote diversity and entrepreneurship?
  • What does China’s IP rights explosion mean for innovation
  • How can schools better teach students about intellectual property?
  • The ‘Perception’ Premium: How IP understanding promotes value

18 Prominent Speakers

Panelists include David Teece, renowned UC Berkeley economist, author of more than 20 books on IP rights and intellectual capital and successful entrepreneur; John E. Kelly, III, former Chief Technology Officer at IBM; China IP experts Mark Cohen and Hon. Randall R. Rader, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, ret.; and Lisa D. Cook, author of Violence and Economic Activity: Evidence from African American Patents 1870 to 1940.

For the IPAS 2021 program agenda and speaker biographies, visit

Register for free here. Space is limited.

For information about the current and previous IP Awareness Summits, held at Columbia University, Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley, visit the CIPU website,

* Sessions run from noon – 2:30 ET, making them accessible to registrants in Pacific and European time zones.

Focus on Understanding

This unique event – the only IP conference that focuses on IP awareness and its impact – is being held by the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU), an independent non-profit, and the Kellogg School of Management, Center for Research in Technology and Innovation.

Supporting organizations include: Allied Security Trust, Aon IP Solutions, Astellas Pharma, Center for Research in Technology and Innovation, Copyright Alliance, Global Innovation Policy Center, Kellogg School of Management and Open Invention Network. For a full list, please visit the CIPU website.

The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about creations of the mind and the rights that protect them, and their impact on people and business.

The Center for Research in Technology & Innovation (CRTI) at the Kellogg School of Management plays a pivotal role in understanding, solving and forecasting the most pressing issues that innovators in business face today and tomorrow.

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