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Innovation was in the air Monday around Lafayette Square.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) recognized its IP Champions -- honoring innovators, creators, and defenders of intellectual property.
And earlier in the day across the street, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the “Patents for Humanity” winners. The recipients then headed to the Chamber for another round of applause at the GIPC event.
The Chamber’s awards coincide with World IP Day and recognize true leaders in the IP world, from innovators creating new breakthrough technologies to the enforcement personnel trying to safeguard innovation.
The GIPC is leading a worldwide effort to champion intellectual property rights as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth, and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges.
The full list of awardees and their contribution to promoting or protecting innovation:
Second Sight created the Argus II bionic eye system, a prosthetic ocular device that provides sight to the blind.
Joe E. Kiani, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Masimo Corporation
Mr. Kiani and Masimo have developed over 575 patents and created several innovative non-evasive patient monitoring devices.
Louis Foreman, Product Development and Innovation Expert, Edison Nation
Mr. Foreman and Edison Nation have led groundbreaking efforts to foster new innovative entrepreneurs by providing funding and product development expertise to inventors in need.
Professor Arup K. SenGupta, Ph.D., Lehigh University,
Professor SenGupta, while working with other engineers at Lehigh University, developed a simple filter that removes arsenic from well water enabling more than a million people around the world to drink safe, affordable, arsenic-free water.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude’s developed a new gene theory to treat anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), which also led to issued patents that were licensed to develop therapeutics for treatment of lung cancer in adults.
Xiaoqing Liu, LeTV
LeTV is one of China’s foremost online content producers and technological platforms and responsible for creating China’s highest grossing film “Tiny Times.” LeTV and Ms. LIU advocate against piracy in China and are featured in GIPC’s documentary “Creativity and Innovation: A Watershed Transforming China.”
Tu Creación Vale Campaign, AmCham Chile
AmCham Chile’s “Tu Creación Vale” campaign highlights the significant contributions from the country’s creators and artists.
TAG Brand Integrity Program Against Piracy
TAG is a voluntary industry agreement between the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) to reduce advertising on websites associated with content theft and counterfeiting.
Long Island Counterfeit Health and Personal Care Products Investigation, National IPR Coordination Center
The joint investigative operation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Nassau County officials on Long Island, NY, uncovered and shut down the sale and distribution of counterfeit health and personal care products.
Mercado Ilegal App, AmCham Costa Rica
“Mercado Ilegal” is an interactive mobile tool for reporting illicit trade and counterfeit goods in Costa Rica to local authorities.