The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) recently hosted its 6th annual IP Champions event, Ideas in Bloom, to showcase how intellectual property fuels innovation, creativity, and competition in the United States and across the globe. The event brought together policymakers, healthcare professionals, the entertainment industry, academia, law enforcement, and technology experts to celebrate those who generate jobs, encourage innovation and creativity, ensure safety, and promote access to new products and services.
This year’s gala honored 11 innovators and creators for their contributions to intellectual property, including NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison and NSAI Board President Steve Bogard, who were named IP Champions for Excellence in Advocacy. They were honored for their working counseling lawmakers on issues songwriters face and for their work in introducing the Music Modernization Act.
“Intellectual property-driven innovations are changing the world, making it safer, healthier, and more connected,” said David Hirschmann, president and CEO of GIPC. “In an era where technology is ever-changing, it’s increasingly important to incentivize and protect the inventions and creations so that the life transforming benefits can reach consumers around the world. We are proud to recognize this year’s winners as intellectual property visionaries, pioneers, and guardians.”
Headlining last night’s event were Nashville mega-hit songwriters, Lee Thomas Miller and Wendell Mobley. Miller and Mobley’s performance came at a particularly critical time, as the U.S. Senate considers the Music Modernization Act and weighs whether to address systematic IP issues facing many songwriters.
The Chamber’s Global Innovation Policy Center is working around the world to champion innovation and creativity through intellectual property standards that create jobs, save lives, advance global economic and cultural prosperity, and generate breakthrough solutions to global challenges.
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