World Intellectual Property Day 2017: Innovation — Improving Lives

Celebrate World IP Day 2017 at the Copyright Office

The U.S. Copyright Office will host a program in recognition of World Intellectual Property Day on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. This year's theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is “Innovation — Improving Lives.”

This program will feature remarks and panel discussions focusing on the impact of creative works and performances on the lives of both creators and the public. In partnership with the Copyright Alliance, this Copyright Office program will include a panel discussion featuring:

  • Doug Collins, Member, Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives,
  • Steve Bogard (writer of ten number one country songs, member of Nashville Songwriters Association International), and
  • Jason King (musician, performer, journalist, scholar).

The panel will be moderated by Eric Schwartz (partner, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP). Introductory remarks will be made by Karyn Temple Claggett, Acting Register of Copyrights, and Keith Kupferschmid, Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Alliance.

To show the importance of recording technology as a tool of creativity, this program also will include excerpts from the eight-part series , Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music.

Free and open to the public, this program will be held in the historic Coolidge Auditorium of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, located at 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC., starting at 10:30 am. World Intellectual Property Day, observed on April 26th since 2000, marks the date in 1970 when the WIPO Convention came in to force. The anniversary of this occasion is observed as a way of promoting and increasing general understanding of intellectual property. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

  • Eric Schwartz

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