Digital Creativity & Innovation Are Focus of April World IP Day

By Silvia on April 7th, 2016 / Comments

What do 3D printing, open source software, licensing, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act all have in common?  Not only are they topics that are extremely relevant to today’s entrepreneurs, but they are also topics that will be discussed at this year’s World IP Day–Detroit celebration.  World IP Day is an annual event that was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 and has been celebrated throughout the world since then.  With the help of the American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA), over twenty cities in the United States have their own regional World IP Day celebrations.  One of those cities is Detroit.

This year, Detroit’s regional celebration will occur at the Lawrence Technological University in Southfield on Wednesday, April 20th and will last from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  This is a free event; no fee is charged for attending.  This year, the theme is Digital Creativity: Innovation in a Digital Age.  The program’s sessions, panel, discussions, and presentations will center around entrepreneurship and the protection of intellectual property in today’s electronic, digital, and creative culture.  The event is ideal for anybody interested in startups, business, creativity, entrepreneurship, app development, intellectual property, or the law.  Confirmed presenters include:

  • Courtland Anderson – Attorney at Bodman, PLC
  • Joe Carr – Entrepreneur, Digital Manufacturing Consultant at LEAP, Inc., and Technology Specialist at the East Lansing Public Library
  • Christopher Martella – Attorney at Kemp Klein Law Firm
  • Kathy Ossian – Attorney at Ossian Law, PC

The presenters are demonstrated experts in their respective fields with years of experience.  Going with the theme of this year’s celebration, they will be discussing topics that include 3D printing, open source software, intellectual property licensing, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  The program will provide answers to the following questions and more: ­

  • What is 3D printing?
  • How can 3D printing be used to an entrepreneur’s advantage?
  • What is copyright? What is the DMCA?
  • What should a blogger or website designer do if he or she receives a takedown request?
  • How can a startup protect its intellectual property and technologies?
  • What is open source software? What are its advantages?  Disadvantages?
  • What is a privacy policy?

In addition to providing great education on topics that are important to today’s entrepreneur, the event will also be a great chance to network with other passionate and innovative individuals.  Oh yeah, did I forget to mention there would be food?  Fun learning, great networking, and good food.  What else could you ask for?  Registration for this free event is now open on Eventbrite.  There will also be an afterglow gathering at the Shield’s Pizza in Southfield.  Make sure to register soon!

As we have been reading the news and blogs recently, we are learning that Michigan is on the rebound.  The startup community will help the growth continue.  This can only happen with the proper resources, tools, and direction.  Let the World IP Day–Detroit event provide you with direction.  Hope to see you there!

Current sponsors and supporters of the event include AIPLA, Brooks Kushman, Carlson Gaskey Olds, Harness Dickey, Lawrence Technological University, Reising Ethington, Spartan Innovations, University of Detroit Mercy, and 123 Studio.  Many thanks to them, the scheduled presenters, and the hardworking professionals who are organizing this event.

To register:

Social Media: | @WorldIPDayDet | #WIPDayDet

About the Author



Silvia Alexandria Mansoor is a Michigan licensed attorney who loves to hang out in the startup community. She is currently helping to organize 2016’s World IP Day–Detroit event. She is also a novice coder. Talk to her on Twitter: @SilviaMansoor