At its Autumn conference, The IP Platform: Supporting Invention & Inspiration, the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University School of Law explored the ways in which intellectual property (IP) rights support and encourage creative innovation.
The conference was attended by law professors, legal scholars, industry leaders, attorneys, musicians and inventors, discussing how patents, copyright, trademarks and trade secrets work together, and support creativity, scientific progress and invention.
Participants explained how intellectual property rights support and encourage an artist’s ability to invest in his or her craft, but weak IP rights yield weak results. It has not always been like this. Today, the way the public consumes creative offers has changed.
David Kappos, former Director of the USPTO, the conference’s keynote speaker, explained that IP-intensive industries make up a quarter of the jobs in U.S.; they drive innovation and much of the economy.
In a nutshell, CPIP explored how intellectual property rights work together as a platform that enables innovation, sharing, and collaboration across industries, and the development of new products and services at an astounding rate.
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