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Hope you all had a great week!

Last Thursday, 19 exceptional inventors were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, including the founders of BLACK+DECKER, a world leader in power tools and home utility products. Our founder, Dr. Gary K. Michelson, joined this group of the world’s greatest inventors back in 2011. He was honored for his dedication to improving the lives of those afflicted with spinal ailments, which propelled him to innovate to the tune of over 950 patents worldwide. Through Michelson IP, Dr. Michelson’s mission is to equip other independent inventors, creators, entrepreneurs and students with the wherewithal to protect their inventions and creative work.

The recent make/SHIFT Makerspace Ecosystem Summit reminded us of this spirit, as educators and leaders of campus makerspace initiatives shared how they’re teaching the maker and entrepreneurial mindsets that are empowering students for success in the workforce.

We look forward to continue working with each of you to arm this next generation with the knowledge they need to capitalize on their innovations!

With gratitude,

Jelani, Mayra & Hannah of the Michelson 20MM Foundation


Upcoming Webinar

Teaching Intellectual Property Content – Reflections & Tips

Join us for a webinar hosted by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE):

Are your students prepared to address the IP issues that they will face as professionals and business owners? One contributor to noted, “Early in my career, I thought IP was for the lawyers and engineers to worry about, not me. How wrong I was.”

With the aid of extensive educational content furnished by Michelson IP, Santa Monica College (SMC) has created a stand-alone IP course for the non-lawyer, and has infused IP education into a broad array of its courses. Hear from SMC professors about experiences and best practices for teaching IP both online and on-ground in the college setting.

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Hot Topics in IP

Intellectual Property and the Global Sports Ecosystem

The theme of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day on April 26th was “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.” World IP Day seeks to promote understanding of the role IP rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

The economic value of sports is inextricably intertwined with intellectual property: from new athletic technologies and materials, to global brands, sports stadia and broadcasting networks. This multi-billion dollar industry has been a model of the power of leveraging branding to maximize commercial revenues from sponsorship, merchandising and licensing agreements. Learn more about this hot topic here.


Resources Highlight

Michelson IP has developed a full suite of IP educational programs and resources, including:


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The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property, an initiative of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, addresses critical gaps in intellectual property education to empower the next generation of inventors by providing high-quality instructional content. Michelson 20MM was founded thanks to the generous support of renowned spinal surgeon Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson. To learn more, visit