September 2019

Georgia Takes Aim at Becoming a Global Intellectual Property Leader

Michelson IP Partners with GIPA to Improve Intellectual Property Education at Georgia Schools

ATLANTA, GA, September 12, 2019 – The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property (Michelson IP) is proud to announce a partnership with the Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance (GIPA) designed to enhance intellectual property education and awareness across the Peach State. Georgia currently ranks tenth in the country in patents awarded by the United States Patent Office.

As part of the collaboration, Michelson IP will provide GIPA access to its extensive portfolio of open educational resources – developed to enhance IP education. The organizations will coordinate to incorporate these IP assets into the curricula of select Georgia K-12 schools and educational programs in order to advance the shared goals of fueling innovation and entrepreneurship, driving economic opportunities.

The Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance is empowering Georgia IP to advance society.™ Their mission is to provide leadership, resources and advocacy needed to create, protect, and enable society’s valuable intellectual property. The initiative assembles a coalition of academic, business, government, and creative luminaries who produce the IP thought leadership required to remain competitive in today’s knowledge economy, where IP industries generate 38.2% of total US GDP, or over $6 trillion annually, according to the USPTO. The objectives of GIPA align perfectly with those of Michelson IP, which was founded to empower inventors, creators, and entrepreneurs with IP education.

“GIPA is excited to work with Michelson IP, an organization that is equally committed to the important work of promoting intellectual property awareness through education,” says Scott Frank, President & CEO – AT&T Intellectual Property, and GIPA Chair. “We look forward to identifying and supporting Georgia schools and educational programs that can use our resources to train the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

Michelson IP, an initiative of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, will provide GIPA access to its vast IP education portfolio, which includes an animated video series and assessment materials covering patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Learning assets also include The Intangible Advantage (a fully interactive IP textbook for beginners) and a self-paced online course offered at no cost on Udemy.

“In just three years, Michelson IP has produced an extensive collection of educational content developed to address shortcomings in intellectual property literacy,” says Dr. Gary K. Michelson, prolific inventor and founder of the Michelson 20MM Foundation. “We are delighted to partner with GIPA in integrating our rich IP resources into Georgia schools and learning centers in order to help rising innovators realize their potential to transform their communities.”

Join Michelson IP’s mailing list for updates and to sign up for our free IP educational content, and follow them on LinkedIn and Facebook. You can also watch their animated video series, Basics of Intellectual Property, and access their Educator Portal for materials to use in the classroom.

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October 2018

Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance (GIPA) Launched

Industry Nonprofit to Serve State's Robust IP Ecosystem

ATLANTA, GA, October 22, 2018 (PRNewswire) - The newly formed Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance (GIPA) has announced its formal launch as a nonprofit organization (501c3). GIPA has been established to serve Georgia by establishing a better model for creating, protecting and enabling intellectual property (IP). IP, consisting of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets, drives society forward. GIPA will serve as the umbrella organization for an efficient ecosystem of partners, all focused on accelerating the market launch of ideas that serve the common good.

GIPA is bringing together a coalition of educational institutions (with world-leading research laboratories), innovation-focused organizations (across the STEAM ecosystem), companies (ranging from Fortune 500 multinationals to fast-growing startups), and many more creators, protectors and enablers to collaborate on this endeavor.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has for the first time ever proclaimed October 2018 as “Intellectual Property Month,” recognizing GIPA and the critical importance of IP to the growth and success of the state’s economy.

The GIPA Executive Committee is led by: Chair, Scott Frank (President & CEO of AT&T Intellectual Property); Vice Chair, Keith Cowan (former President of Strategy & Corporate Development for Sprint); Treasurer, Michael Wright (former Vice President of Finance for Coca-Cola); Secretary, Michael Hobbs (Partner at Troutman Sanders); and Executive Director, Carol Beckham, (former Vice President of AT&T Intellectual Property).

The GIPA Board currently has over 50 members from across the IP ecosystem, with representation from: State of Georgia; Georgia Chamber of Commerce; Technology Assoc. of Georgia; Metro Atlanta Chamber; FinTech Atlanta; Georgia Research Alliance; Emory University; Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University; University of Georgia; Georgia and Atlanta Bars; and Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. Additional members include more than a dozen law firms, corporations, consultants and inventors.

“GIPA is honored to collaborate with business and civic leaders from across the state’s strong IP ecosystem,” said Scott Frank, Founder & Chair of GIPA. "This Alliance will further enhance Georgia’s success in the global economy and inspire new creativity for decades to come.”

To learn more about GIPA, please visit; and if interested in joining GIPA (membership & sponsorship), please contact Executive Director Carol Beckham at




Georgia State University College of Law in New Collaboration with the Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance Starting in 2019

October 15, 2018: Georgia State University College of Law is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance (GIPA), set to begin in 2019.  

For more than a decade, the College of Law has worked with its Intellectual Property Advisory Board (IPAB), a group of dedicated alumni and friends that make up the intellectual property community in Atlanta, to build a first-class program in intellectual property law at GSU.  These efforts have resulted in cutting-edge curriculum, a new Center for Intellectual Property, and a wealth of opportunities for students interested in IP law that are unique to GSU.  GSU and IPAB also created numerous programs for the benefit of the intellectual property community more broadly, including nationally-recognized workshops, conferences, awards, and events.  Because of the enormous success of these programs, they have grown dramatically in number and scope over time, challenging the College of Law’s ability to administer them independently. 

Beginning in 2019, the College of Law will be handing over the existing community-oriented intellectual property programming to GIPA, including the Corporate IP Institute, the IP Springposium, IP Legends Awards, IP Think Tank, Corporate IP Roundtable, Charitable IP Golf Tournament, Patent Agent Roundtable, IP Community Service Awards, Intellectual Property Professionals and Practitioners, and the Southeast IP Job Fair. The College of Law will still team up with GIPA on these programs to advance GIPA’s goal for Atlanta, Georgia to become the national and international capital of intellectual property in both education and practice. 

As a thought leader and convener in this field, GIPA is ideally situated to take ownership of the community programming to advance intellectual property broadly and to educate diverse audiences on developing issues in this area.  GIPA also has the unique advantage of bringing together attorneys, inventors, artists, educators, business executives, and legislators under one umbrella group to advance the interests of intellectual property on a unified footing. 

“The College of Law will continue as a valued partner in all programming and looks forward to supporting GIPA’s leadership throughout the transition, “stated Wendy Hensel, Dean of Georgia State University College of Law.  “We’re excited and honored to build on the success of Georgia State University’s amazing community-oriented intellectual programs as we partner with GSU and the rest of the Georgia IP ecosystem to take them to the next level”, added Scott Frank, Chair of GIPA.

For more information contact 

Carol Beckham, GIPA, Executive Director at




Governor Proclaims that October is IP Month in Georgia





GIPA white paper available

"The Case & Opportunity for The Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance"





GIPA website launched



JUNE 2018

GIPA Logo design award winner selected

The Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance (GIPA) is pleased to announce it has adopted the winning result of a Logo Design Contest held at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at the College of the Arts, Georgia State University.

Gabrielle Parris was named GIPA Logo Design Contest winner in June 2018 and awarded a $1,000.00 grand prize.



MAY 2018

GIPA Panel held at Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) Annual Meeting in San Diego

Preview in LES Viewpoints, March 2018 / Read Full Article




GIPA origins in Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Atlanta Business Chronicle features the insights and opportunities that will lead to the creation of GIPA
in September 2016 and October 2016