Special Event:

“IP Awareness Summit 2017 will Confront the Growing Frustration over IP Rights”

The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) in conjunction with Chicago-Kent College of Law (CKCL), Illinois Institute of Technology announced that it is holding the first Intellectual Property Awareness Summit in Chicago on November 6.

For the event details, go here.


“Report: Patterns in Media Coverage of Patent Disputes” 

CIPU’s analysis of 127 articles published in 2016 covering patent disputes for patterns in subjectivity. Media includes leading business, technology and general publications.

Key findings include:

  • 42% of media coverage are advocacy pieces written by authors promoting a political or business agenda
  • 57% of case coverage of patent infringement in technology publications provide a single POV, plaintiff or defendant
  • 42.5% of patent infringement coverage in the sample features either Apple or Samsung
  • IT law suit media coverage was eight times greater than pharmaceutical coverage.
    For the full report, go here.
    For an infographic of more key findings, go here.

Events: CIPU Participation

  • Licensing Executives Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, October 22-25, 2017, “Harnessing the Winds of Change.”
  • IP Business Congress, Ottawa, Canada, June 20, 2017, “Policy Priorities.”
  • 10th International Legal Alliance Summit, New York, June 15, 2017, “What IP assets are in your wallet?”
  • International IP Commercialization Counsel, United States Capitol Building, Washington, DC, May 8, 2017, Opening panel: “The business impact of IP uncertainty and negative attitudes.”

Joint Conference on the impact of IP Awareness, Attitudes & Education

To be held by CIPU with a leading U.S. university, 3Q 2017.

Other activities

The Center for Intellectual Understanding (CIPU) is dedicated to leadership in IP awareness. It provides information, conducts research and participates in events with other organizations that illustrate the impact of IP rights on diverse audiences.

Among CIPU’s goals is to raise awareness, deter infringement, enhance value, and provide a more conducive environment for generating and sharing new ideas.

Activities for 2017-2018 include:

  • Media – Identify trends in IP press coverage
  • Outreach – Develop and provide articles, speaking, support for schools and universities, newsrooms and others
  • Classroom and educator support
  • Participate in events and conferences about IP awareness
  • Conduct a third-party audience awareness and attitude survey
  • Report on domestic and international IP education developments

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Work with professional educators

CIPU is speaking to Teachers College, Columbia University about possibly designing innovative basic IP education programs tailored to different audiences, including STEM teachers. This would be part of an “educating the educators” about IP initiative.

Audience outreach

Targeted speaker programs in the schools, workplace and newsrooms.