U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center Announces 2016 IP Champions

Awardees Recognized for Efforts to Promote Innovation and Protect IP […]

Awardees Recognized for Efforts to Promote Innovation and Protect IP Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) this week hosted the 4th annual 2016 IP Champions to showcase the economic and cultural impact of intellectual property (IP). The event brought together a wide array of industries to celebrate the creators of jobs, innovation, safety, and access.

“Whether it’s the newest life-saving medical cures, the latest action-packed blockbuster movie or the must-have holiday toy, intellectual property is essential to the innovation that drives our economy and enriches our lives,” said David Hirschmann, president and CEO of GIPC, noting that IP-intensive industries directly employ over 45 million American workers and drive over $6 trillion worth of total U.S. GDP. “Championing innovation and creativity is an agenda we can all get behind – here in Washington and in capitals around the globe.”

James Rosen of Fox News Channel emceed the event with headliners including U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, songwriter and former Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath, Billy Idol guitarist and artist Billy Morrison, award-winning producer and director Bruce Cohen and award-winning actor Richard Kind. McGrath and Morrison shared insights into the challenges facing musicians and artists today in an onstage discussion and closed out the evening with an exclusive performance.

Below is the full list of awardees:

IP Champion Award for Public Service:

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (UT)

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and senior member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Hatch has long been an advocate for strong IP protections for American creators, and most recently championed the bipartisan Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which was signed into law by President Obama in May 2016.

IP Champion Awards for Excellence in Innovation:

The Microsoft “Make What’s Next” Campaign

In 2016, Microsoft launched an advertising campaign themed “Make What’s Next” to encourage girls to enter tech fields and become the next great inventors. The campaign was timed to coincide with International Women’s Day. To address the reality that women hold only 7% of patents in the U.S., Microsoft also launched a patent program to give select female inventors support in patenting their ideas.

Pfizer’s Ibrance Team

In 2016, Pfizer released a groundbreaking new treatment of breast cancer. The drug’s accelerated approval by the FDA is indicative of its crucial need among so many patients across the globe and the Ibrance team’s innovative work. Ibrance is the first CDK 4/6 inhibitor in the U.S. market.

IP Champion Award for Excellence in Enforcement:

National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center for “Operation Apples and Oranges”

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) is a Homeland Security Investigations unit that stands at the forefront of America’s response to intellectual property theft and enforcement of international trade laws. Its “Operation Apples and Oranges” investigation exposed a counterfeit cell phone parts distribution network supplying counterfeit parts to 30 individuals and 40 businesses nationwide. The investigation involved execution of 36 search warrants, 13 arrests, 13 indictments, 10 convictions, the seizure of more than 55,000 counterfeit items with an MSRP value of more than $3 million, $224,000 in cash and negotiable instruments.

IP Administration Champion:

Danny Marti (Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator)

In 2014, President Obama named Washington lawyer Danny Marti the Administration’s IP Enforcement Coordinator, known around town as the IP Czar, to coordinate U.S.-led law enforcement strategy around copyrights, patents, and trademarks. Marti has spent his career protecting American consumers, workers and job creators from threats to the intellectual property rights of our creative and innovative industries.

IP Champion Awards for Excellence in Advocacy:

Barbara Kolm (Austrian Economics Center)

Barbara Kolm is President of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria and Director of the Austrian Economics Center. As a worldwide networker, Kolm uses her abilities to promote free market policies; in addition she is a frequent speaker on issues related to public policy, especially on deregulation and competition topics, including the critical importance of promoting strong intellectual property rights across the globe.

The Creative Coalition

The Creative Coalition is non-profit advocacy group that was founded in 1989 and is made up of members of the American entertainment industry. The Coalition fights tirelessly on behalf of IP rights for America’s creative community, and has consistently kept the importance of intellectual property top-of-mind for legislators and influential media on Capitol Hill and throughout the country. Robin Bronk is the CEO of the Creative Coalition and has served the organization since 1998.

Award-winning actor Richard Kind

Richard Kind is best-known for his roles in features such as Mad About You, Argo, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Spin City and Gotham. Kind’s contributions to the creative community are hard to count, as he has had over 180 roles over the past 30 years. But in addition to his incredible work, Richard has also leant his voice and his starpower to the cause of creators rights as an active member of the Creative Coalition.

IP Champion Award for Excellence in Creativity:

Mark McGrath (lead singer of Sugar Ray)

Mark McGrath is the lead singer/songwriter for the world-famous band Sugar Ray. McGrath boasts a string of top 10 hits, several multi-platinum albums, and countless sold-out tours.

Billy Morrison (guitar player for Billy Idol)

Billy Morrison is a true artist. He performs as the guitarist for the legendary Billy Idol and co-wrote the majority of the 2014 Billy Idol album, Kings & Queens of the Underground. Additionally, Morrison is an actor, painter, and has designed his own signature guitar for Gibson.

Oscar award-winning producer and director Bruce Cohen

Bruce Cohen has been a tireless advocate in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years. A multi-Oscar award-winning producer and director, Cohen’s credits include major blockbuster hits American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook, and Big Fish, among others. Cohen is on the Board of Governors of the Producer’s Guild and is on the Executive Committee of the Producer’s Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center is working around the world to champion intellectual property (IP) rights as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth, and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.


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