The Utah State Bar’s Intellectual Property Section recently hosted its 2020 IP Summit. The Chair of the Bar’s IP Section, Mike Erickson, offered the opening remarks welcoming attendees, announcing the Summit’s growing success, and thanking the Keynote Speakers.
The Bar’s IP Summit has become the Utah Bar’s largest single-day event, welcoming almost 400 attendees from seventeen different states, as well as guests from Germany and the Netherlands. The event has seen increasing interest and attendance year over year, largely due to the tremendous growth in tech-sector jobs and Utah’s IP community. According to a study by the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, “over the past decade, Utah’s tech industry grew three times as fast as the national average, earning Utah the second-highest tech-job growth rate in the country.”
This year’s IP Summit was led by an agenda of distinguished Keynote Speakers, including Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Sharon Prost, and former Register of U.S. Copyrights Maria Pallante.
Senator Orrin G. Hatch was also recognized at this year’s Summit. Mr. Erickson presented Senator Hatch with his “Copyright Genealogy,” a collection of Senator Hatch’s songs registered in the Copyright Office and copies of major copyright legislation passed during Senator Hatch’s tenure, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005 to name a few . The presentation of Senator Hatch’s “Copyright Genealogy” earned a standing ovation following remarks from each of the Keynote Speakers.