New York
20 February 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

IP experts launch group dedicated to education


Experts have launched a new non-profit organisation aimed at promoting understanding of the importance and value of intellectual property.

Bruce Berman of Brody Berman Associates chairs the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU), which was established on 17 February.

Alongside Berman is former head of IP strategy at IBM and Microsoft, Marshall Phelps, and CEO of the Open Invention Network, Keith Bergelt.

Other high profile IP figures also helped to launch CIPU, including former US Patent and Trademark Office director David Kappos.

Phelps said that the “IP knowledge gap” is increasing, and CIPU is a response to this.

“Many people, including the general public and many in government, haven’t a clue what patents and other IP rights achieve. The incentive for taking IP seriously is at an all-time low,” he said.

“The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding will engage groups like schools, parents and the media about the benefits of respecting new ideas and the impact of failing to.”

Berman said: “We have entered the ‘free-information’ era, where online content and patented inventions are readily pocketed by those who would never dream of shoplifting,”

“Uncertainty about what IP rights cover and their appropriate use compound the problem. CIPU will address these and other issues.”

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