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Global IP Alliance launches in Atlanta, signs MoU with WIPO

Scott Frank, AT&T's IP CEO, speaking at USIPA 2022

Scott Frank, the IP CEO at AT&T, officially established the education and awareness-focused organisation after its inaugural board meeting

The Global Intellectual Property Alliance officially launched in Atlanta yesterday, October 19.

GLIPA, which was proposed by AT&T IP CEO Scott Frank in 2019 and announced in 2021, came into being after its board voted on resolutions, bylaws, non-profit articles and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with WIPO.

The MoU, seen by Managing IP, set out that GLIPA and WIPO would work together on mutually supportive activities and programmes that advanced the global understanding and use of IP to improve peoples’ lives.

Frank, who also founded the Georgia IP Alliance and US IP Alliance (USIPA), said he was thrilled that the organisation had launched and that he hoped GLIPA would spread awareness of IP across the world.

“Few people in the US know much if anything about IP, and that’s true for the world too,” he said. “Yet IP is so fundamental to our existence. We wouldn’t have got several COVID vaccines out as quickly as we did without IP.”

Frank also announced that GLIPA had set up its own website in anticipation of the launch.

GLIPA, whose members include former USPTO director David Kappos and former UK judge Robin Jacob, is founded on three principles: education, collaboration, and diversity and inclusion.

The first USIPA national event is being held in Atlanta today, October 20.

Disclaimer: Patrick Wingrove is a board member of GLIPA

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