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The sixth annual Intellectual Property Awareness Summit® (IPAS 2023) took place on May 2nd in Boston, in conjunction with Northeastern University’s Center for Research Innovation (CRI). 

IPAS is a gathering of IP owners, creators, educators, lawyers, organizations and investors, all with a common goal – to explore ways to make the benefits of IP rights, and the issues surrounding them, more apparent to people and society.


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'Bridges, Not Barricades'


The IP Awareness Summit® is the only annual event that examines the impact of IP awareness on innovation, content, people and value – and the strategies for improving it. IPAS 2023 will provide those who attend an excellent opportunity for discussion and networking in a conducive setting.


IPAS 2023 hosts are the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) and Northeastern University's Center for Research Innovation, which helps creators and businesses to invest and license intellectual property. This year’s theme is ‘Bridges, Not Barricades.'

Sample topics include:

  • IP rights; How they empower entrepreneurship and diversity

  • Best practices for educating future leaders about IP

  • The Innovation Race: IP’s key role in contending with China

  • USIPA Survey: What Americans believe about IP 

  • Licensing Roundtable: New challenges and opportunities;
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IPAS 2023 Attendees at Northeastern University

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Learn about the ways businesses, IP professionals and others are conveying the relevance of IP and IP rights in a knowledge-driven world. Build positive IP awareness with stakeholders.

Explore new techniques for conveying the role of patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as trade secrets, in creating jobs and fostering competition and sharing.  


Who should attend? 

  • Businesses (all types & sizes)

  • IP owners

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Inventors and Creators

  • Investors

  • Educators

  • Policymakers

  • Researchers

  • Engineers

  • IP professionals

  • IP and policy organizations

  • Students

  • Journalists

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What to Expect:

Two renowned keynotes, several timely panels, 20+ prominent speakers and numerous attendees. You will also find lively discourse, fresh thinking and excellent networking opportunities.  

Join a select group of thought leaders – owners, creators, educators, lawyers and investors – in exploring the issues and attitudes affecting IP and IP rights. 

A light lunch will be served and a reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres following the final panel, will provide opportunities to meet the speakers and fellow attendees. A nominal fee to cover costs will be charged on a sliding scale. Included are two discussion breaks. In-person registration and livestream access are limited.

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