On Wednesday, September 28, more than 100 friends of the Council for Innovation Promotion gathered to celebrate its launch.
Distinguished guests included Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY). Our honored guests offered remarks at the event along with C4IP’s co-chairs, Andrei Iancu and David Kappos, and C4IP’s two other board members, retired federal circuit judges Paul Michel and Kathleen O’Malley. C4IP’s executive director, Frank Cullen, MC’ed the event.
In keeping with the Council’s bipartisan mission, Senator Coons reflected that both he and Senator Tillis “share a deep passion for this unique, constitutionally-created property right that has helped drive generations of innovation in the United States — patents — an enthusiasm for trademarks and copyright, an abiding interest in trade secrets, but across the entire arc of intellectual property, an excitement about working together.”
Senator Tillis emphasized the need to educate his colleagues in Congress about the importance of IP rights, stating that “if we educate people, we invariably get things done and we get it done on a bipartisan basis” and that C4IP’s launch “is a very key part of how we can continue to make great progress in the intellectual property protection space.”
The widely-attended event set an impressive precedent for the future of C4IP, one that we hope fosters greater respect for and the preservation of our nation’s IP system.