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IPI's 10th Annual World IP Day Celebration

Get up, stand up. For music (and for IP!)

2015 World IP Day

Get Up, Stand Up. For Music (and for IP!)

Please join us at our special tenth annual World IP Day event as we explore emerging issues in intellectual property, including patent reform, the new role of the record label in the digital music era, and the increasing importance of IP to U.S. trade issues.

Opening Keynote Address

 Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA)

Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, House Judiciary Committee


Panel: The Making of A Global Artist in the Digital Economy
In an era when musicians can directly upload their music to iTunes and other sites, what is the role of the record label? This panel features executives from major record labels.

Cris Lacy, Artist Recruitment and Development, Warner Music

John Fleckenstein, Global Marketing, RCA Records

Mark Piibe, Digital Licensing and Strategy, Sony Music

Nicole Wyskoarko, Business and Legal Affairs, Def Jam/Island/Republic

Moderated By:

Mitch Glazier, Senior Executive Vice President, RIAA

Michele Ballantyne, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Industry Relations, RIAA


Panel: Patent Reform? Litigation Reform? Which?

Many are asking the question, “Didn’t we just do patent reform? Or are we now talking about litigation reform?” In this panel, hear from an array of patent reform players from the pharmaceutical, software, and retail industries, and discover whether there is potential for common ground. Can we fix some of the problems with extortive demand letters and other abusive behaviors without undermining a patent system that has helped facilitate America’s innovation economy? Isn’t everyone’s goal to make the patent system more robust and reliable?

Gail Levine, Vice President, Intellectual Property & Public Policy, Verizon

Diane K. Lettelleir, Chief IP Counsel, JCPenney

Laurie Self, Vice President and Counsel, Government Affairs, Qualcomm

Bruce Artim, Director, Federal Affairs, Eli Lilly

Moderated by

Tom Giovanetti, President, Institute for Policy Innovation

Keynote Address 

Michele Woods

 Director, Copyright Law Division, World Intellectual Property Organization


Panel: International Challenges and Opportunities for IPRs
With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nearing completion and other trade agreements (TTIP) underway, intellectual property issues are central to U.S. trade. For example, is India’s new Modi government more friendly to IP? In this panel, we’ll hear from Michele Woods, Director of the Copyright Law Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), as well as from industry representatives and trade negotiators on America’s international IP challenges and opportunities.

Thaddeus Burns, General Electric

Joseph Damond, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

Patrick Kilbride, Global Intellectual Property Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Keynote Address

F. Scott Kieff

Commissioner, U.S. International Trade Commission


Event Details

Breakfast: 9:00 AM   Program: 9:30 AM TO 1:00 PM
Reserve Officer's Association (ROA) Headquarters
Minuteman Ballroom
One Constitution Ave NE, Washington DC 20001

*Complimentary lunch will be served. 

Register here 

Evening Reception!

Please join us Wednesday, April 29 on Capitol Hill for our complimentary evening reception at 5:30 pm featuring hors d'oeuvres, drinks and live music from the talents of an ensemble from the Washington Jazz Arts Institute as well as R&B/Pop artist Reagan James, a Top Ten "Team Blake Shelton" finalist on NBC's "The Voice." Register here. 

Questions? Contact Erin Humiston at (972) 874-5139, or 


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