'IP and the Lives it Touches'

The fourth annual Intellectual Property Awareness Summit (IPAS 2021) is being held virtually this year, April 28th-29th. 

IPAS 2021 is an international gathering of IP owners, creators, educators, lawyers, students, organizations and investors, all with a common goal – to explore ways to make IP rights and their benefits meaningful to diverse audiences.

IPAS 2021 hosts are the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding and the K
ellogg School of Business, Center for Research in Technology and Innovation.


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Bridging the Knowledge Gap​

Lack of IP understanding impedes innovation and creative expression, discourages investment and induces theft.

IPAS 2021 will explore such topics as:


  • 'IP and entrepreneurship'

  • 'Diversity and inclusion' 

  • 'How IP is taught in schools'

  • 'The IP challenges and opportunities presented by China'


​Following successful CIPU events in the San Francisco Bay area (IPAS 2020), New York (IPAS 2018) and Chicago (IPAS 2017), IPAS 2021 will feature a range of industry experts and thought-leaders, as well as timely keynotes by Senator Thom Tillis, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee's Intellectual Property Subcommittee and Hall of Fame inventor James E. West.

This year's theme is 'Intellectual property and the lives it touches.' Admission is free, but registration is required and space limited.

IPAS 2020, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Learn what businesses, IP owners and educators are doing to convey the value of patents, trademarks and other IP.

Explore new ways to convey the role of IP rights in facilitating ideas, creating  jobs and encouraging healthy competition.  


Who should attend? 

  • Businesses (all types & sizes)

  • IP owners & professionals

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Organizations 

  • Educators

  • Students

  • Creators (incl. inventors, designers, designers and content providers)

  • Policymakers

  • Researchers

  • Lawyers

  • Investors

  • Licensors

  • Journalists

  • Engineers

IP literacy matters