IPAN members may be interested in attending this free virtual IP rights conference organised by the Centre for IP Understanding based in the USA. CIPU comes highly recommended by IPAN. See the joining instructions below.


The 2024 Intellectual Property Summit will be available to livestream for free in the US, Europe and elsewhere, it was announced by the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding.

IPAS 2024 is being held on 28 March 2024 by the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding at Northwestern University’s Allen Center in conjunction with Segal Design Institute, McCormick School of Engineering and Kellogg School of Management, as well as more than a dozen partners and affiliates.

Bruce Berman, host of the top-2 rated podcast, “Understanding IP Matters”, is Chairman and a Co-Founder of CIPU. He will be moderating the event.

The decision to livestream the event is a response to demand from those unable to travel or otherwise attend in-person.

This year’s IPAS will inspire listeners to think about the delicate balance between innovation, competition, and responsibility in the race to the top. Organized by CIPU, a nonpartisan non-profit established in 2016, IPAS brings together community leaders from technology, business, government, education. It includes inventors, creative industry workers, entrepreneurs, educators, investors, IP organizations, lawyers and students, and their affiliations. The conference starts promptly at 10:00 AM CDT, 3:00 PM GMT, 5:00 CET, 11:00 PM in Singapore, 12:00 AM in Tokyo and Seoul.

Those who wish to attend virtually please send a one-sentence email to EXPLORE@UNDERSTANDINGIP.ORG to identify yourself and your affiliation or interest in IP and AI. Click here for the livestream link.

This year’s theme is AI + IP = ? Can AI meaningfully exist without IP rights and governance? How can we assure that AI is net positive for innovation, creative expression and society?

The event, co-hosted by the Segal, McCormick and Kellogg and more than a dozen partners and affiliates, will feature 23 panelists and speakers, including those from Europe and currently in Asia, as well as two featured speakers and an AI demonstration.

Please click here for the agenda and full speaker list. Click here for their biographies.

A partial list of presenters:

  • Albhy Galuten – Two-time Emmy Award winner, 100M record sales; inventor, futurist
  • Jerry Ma – AI Director for USPTO; frmr Facebook developer
  • Alan Nelson – Inventor and CEO of AI company for early cancer detection
  • Alex Castrounis – Data scientist; frmr IndyCar Racing Engineer
  • Tiffany Norwood – Inventor, Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Armando Pauker – Early stage AI investor focusing on healthcare and cybersecurity
  • F. Scott Kieff – Fmr ITC Commissioner; security advisor to three presidents
  • Emily Joy Bembeneck – Dir, Center for Applied AI at U, of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Brian Hinman – IP business executive at Aon, Philips, InterDigital, IBM
  • Efrat Kasznik – Foresight Valuation; Stanford Business School Instructor
  • Daryl Lim – Penn State Dickinson Law; Center for Socially Responsible AI

Delegates can attend specific panels and presentations or all of the event. Past IP Awareness Summits were attended by persons interested in the impact and future of IP rights from the US, Europe and Asia, as well as South America and Africa.