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University IP Alliance

Intellectual Property Education & Awareness In Universities

Given IP’s continued importance to the economy and world around us, it is more important than ever that we incorporate IP education into our university ecosystems so that students are have at least a basic knowledge of IP when entering the workforce and so that student and faculty innovators understand how to leverage IP to protect and commercialize their creations. The University IP Alliance supports the efforts of the university ecosystem in Georgia by bringing together students, faculty, administrators, and members of university technology transfer offices to identify and implement best practices for doing just that.

Current Initiatives Of The University IP Alliance

IP Education

  • Connecting faculty with guest lecturers that are able to teach various concepts of IP
  • Collaborating with university administrators to enable on-demand access to IP curricula and content
  • Supporting IP education in law schools through hosting and support of regional moot court competitions, including the AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich moot court competition
  • Collaborating with members of the IP Ecosystem to build awareness of opportunities for careers in IP through events like Career Showcases and supporting the Southeastern IP Job Fair

Tech Transfer

  • Connecting members of university technology transfer offices to exchange ideas and best practices for supporting protection and commercialization of student and faculty innovation
  • Facilitating conversations between university technology transfer offices and corporations to identify opportunities to improve technology transfer processes

IP Learning Resources

Intellectual Property Course

The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property online course consists of 12 video modules and 38 lessons.

  • Learn the basics of intellectual property policies
  • Understand how intellectual property protections benefit individual creators, business owners, and entrepreneurs
  • Describe the relationship between intellectual property protection and economic growth.
  • Discuss the historical origins of intellectual property law in the United States.


The Intangible Advantage

From the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property, a free ebook written for students, creators, and entrepreneurs to arm yourself with the basics of intellectual property. 

  • Patents: How do exclusive rights to your inventions benefit you and society? Find out what’s patentable, what’s not, and how to navigate the patent system successfully.
  • Copyrights: Learn how you can protect a wide variety of artistic and intellectual works. What’s Fair Use – and what’s not?
  • Trademarks: Why are trademarked words, names, and symbols so valuable – and how can you protect them?
  • Trade Secrets: Do you have to publicly disclose your creation to gain legal protection?

Stay Tuned For More Curated Resources, Including Information About Our Member Organizations

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Connect With Us!

Are you interested in connecting with GIPA to learn about the University IP Alliance or participating in our quarterly meetings?

The IP Education & Awareness Pillar is committed to helping connect Georgia universities, faculty, students, and communities with the resources needed to educate and empower those in the university ecosystem to better leverage the IP rights that they create. We are always looking for opportunities to expand the University IP Alliance Ecosystem.