LES Atlanta Chapter—Sponsor of the Annual Georgia IP Think Tank
Friday, March 16, 2018
|The Fourth Annual Georgia IP Think Tank was held at the Georgia State University College of Law. The Think Tank is one of the initiatives of the Georgia IP Alliance. Think Tank participants represent area industry, academia, research, private practice and consultancies.
The LES Atlanta Chapter has continued to build a strong foundation to grow its membership and increase organizational participation over the last several years. In 2017, for example, the LES Atlanta Chapter held educational programs and networking events, including a presentation on "How to Avoid the Biggest Mistakes in Licensing Agreements," and a panel on the "Legal Aspects of Atlanta's Booming Film Industry."
Additionally, this is the fourth year that the Atlanta Chapter of LES has supported the Georgia Intellectual Property Think Tank. The GA IP Think Tank is a key component of the broader Georgia IP Alliance that includes a partnership of the world's leading law and business schools of Georgia State University and Georgia Tech. The Alliance includes major corporations, small businesses, and bar associations that provide a platform for IP collaboration and networking. The goal of the Georgia IP Think Tank is to bring together local IP professionals to work together on intellectual property strategy and policy matters impacting their businesses' economic growth and development.
Last year's attendees of the Georgia IP Think Tank included more than 30 IP professionals from the greater Atlanta area. Past attendees represented a broad array of industry, government, academia and service providers, including AT&T, The Home Depot, GE Power Systems, The Coca-Cola Company, Emory University, The CDC, Boehringer Ingelheim, Kimberly-Clark Corp, Equifax, Newell Brands, and PwC, among others.
The LES Atlanta Chapter was a key sponsor for last year's event. Brett Lockwood, the 2017 Atlanta Chapter Co-Chair and partner with Smith, Gambrell & Russell, took an active role in facilitating one of the several break-out sessions. Other gold sponsors of the event included Baker Hostetler, Cantor Coburn, Emory University School of Law, Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business, and Smith, Gambrell & Russell.
The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce refers to Atlanta as a "world class hub for technology and mobility," "one of the fastest growing, high tech urban centers in the nation," and a region "leading the way in creating a national center for innovation and industry growth." Intellectual property, an innovative culture, creative talent, and strong investments are critical for enterprise growth and on-going protection of competitive advantage. The Georgia IP community is poised to service the needs of Georgia's diverse enterprises, from Fortune 100 companies—to venture funded start-ups. The Georgia IP Think Tank supported by the LES Atlanta Chapter is an important IP initiative supporting the intellectual property needs required for the successful economic development of the region.
"The Think Tank seeks to address cutting-edge issues at the forefront of new and emerging technologies, IP law, policy, and infrastructure," states Corrine Sukiennik, GA IP Think Tank Co-Chair. The event is focused on analyzing issues and developing recommendations based on a healthy exchange of creative ideas from a group of IP professionals having diverse backgrounds. "The output we seek is to further advance the future of IP policy and system effectiveness and efficiency." This past year, the specific goal was to understand IP requirements for protecting new technologies that support Atlanta's local and international businesses. One example of the output of the Think Tank was published by Dr. Jason Lye, GA IP Think Tank Co-Chair, in his paper entitled "Innovation Diversity and Impact-Based IP Strategy." The publication, in IAM Magazine (Vol 80, 11/16), describes protecting Consumer Experiences via the patent process.
Dr. Sam Khoury, President of Inavisis Inc., launched last year's Think Tank with a presentation on "Intellectual Property Strategy and Enterprise Growth." Dr. Khoury grounded the participants with a retrospective on IP strategy and tactics used over the years by corporations, SME's and start-ups. Ben Wilcox and Landon Ansell, from PwC, provided research findings on patent litigation and related statistics from the PwC 2016 CEO Survey. The Think Tank participants then shared their respective experiences on a variety of topics in several breakout sessions. "The real value of the Think Tank is working on relevant topics having broad applicability, and the thoughtful blending of backgrounds and experiences of Think Tank members" states Dr. Chad Kitchen, a patent attorney with Boehringer Ingelheim, one of last year's Think Tank participants.
According to Scott Frank, Chair of the Georgia IP Alliance, and Georgia Tech and Georgia State University IP Advisory Boards, "The annual Georgia IP Think Tank is becoming a key component in Georgia's goal to be the thought leader in all things intellectual property. We firmly believe that through this type of collaborative activity, we're able to capture the thoughts of business, education, research, private practice and service providers. Initiatives like the Georgia IP Think Tank will form the basis for the legal/business eco-system and provide future legislation and best practices to contribute to the area's economic development. We especially appreciate the ongoing participation and support that the Atlanta Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society has provided each year and hope that it will continue in future years."
Highlights of the 2017 Georgia IP Think Tank have been summarized and will be published. For more information on this past event, to express interest in participating in future IP Think Tanks, and/or to offer sponsorship, contact Jason Lye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LES Atlanta Chapter continues to grow its organizational structure and leadership, with an expanded board and committees. Stephen Kabakoff, a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner and this year's Board Chair, said he "looks forward to another successful year of providing interesting and enriching programs for all segments of the Atlanta Chapter's membership" and he hopes to engage even more professionals and students in Atlanta's thriving licensing community. The Chapter recently announced its leadership team for 2018:
2018 LES Atlanta Chapter Officers, Committees and Board Members
Chair: Stephen Kabakoff
Vice Chair (and Chair Elect for 2019): Ben Wilcox
Treasurer: Landan Ansell
Co-Chairs - Sam Zellner and Adrianne Luu
Chair: Kevin Rodkey
Chair - Erin Caldwell
Chair - Courtney Thornton
Nominating Committee: (Chapter's Then Current Chair and Prior Two Years' Chairs)
Stephen Kabakoff, Craig Cupid & Brett Lockwood
Landan Ansell, Erin Caldwell, Pete Canalichio, Craig Cupid, Stephen Kabakoff, Brett Lockwood, Adrianne Luu, Kevin Rodkey, Corrine Sukiennik, Rachael Widener, Ben Wilcox, Sam Zellner, Courtney Thornton