Sept. 10, 2009
Renee DeGross Valdes, 404-413-1353
ATLANTA - Georgia State University's College of Law and J. Mack Robinson College of Business have named Ted Turner, chairman of Turner Enterprises Inc., Judge Stanley F. Birch Jr. of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and Anthony B. Askew, partner with King & Spalding, the 2009 Intellectual Property Legends.
The "legends" will be honored for their outstanding achievements in intellectual property at a luncheon reception Thursday, September 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel at 75 14th Street in Atlanta. Tickets are $35 per person and online registration is available at www.IPLegends.org.
Past Intellectual Property Legends include Truett Cathy, founder and chief executive of Chick-fil-A, Miles Alexander, partner in Kilpatrick & Stockton, and Sandy Evans, former chief IP counsel of BellSouth.
"These legends have made significant contributions over a lifetime to IP," Scott Frank, president of AT&T Intellectual Property and a founding member and chair of the Georgia State College of Law Intellectual Property Advisory Board. "They are highly respected in their fields and we are honoring them for their incredible achievements in IP."
"The role of intellectual property law in the global economy is more important than ever, and these awards not only honor the recipients' achievements, but also inspire continuing excellence," said College of Law Dean Steven Kaminshine.
Turner is legendary for his entrepreneurial acumen, sharp business skills, leadership qualities and his unprecedented philanthropy.
Birch is being recognized for his work as an accomplished IP litigator, as a co-author of a book on copyright law and for his well reasoned IP opinions from the federal bench.
Askew has spent his lifetime litigating IP cases in U.S. federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has served Georgia as special assistant attorney general for IP for three decades.
"Managing intellectual property has become a significant strategic issue in business," said H. Fenwick Huss, dean of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. "These awards are an extension of our ongoing Corporate IP Roundtables and the Corporate IP Institute, held every fall. We are honoring three great minds in business and law who have made an indelible mark in the area of intellectual property."