Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this year’s theme is “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity.” This campaign “celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving our world and shaping our common future.

In honor of this timely and worthy celebration,  here are 5 female creators and inventors who are powering change in our world today:

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Steve Madden and The Tale of Two Dupes

Like many other people, I received a ton of emails on Black Friday last year from different stores offering sales on regular-priced items. One of the emails that caught my eye was from Payless, an American discount footwear retailer. They were offering 50% off the entire store and being the bargain-lover that I am my interest was piqued. I looked through the website and stumbled on a pair of sneakers that looked to me to be exactly like another pair of sneakers by American designer, Steve Madden.

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Intellectual Property 101

Many people think that once they conceive an idea, they automatically obtain rights under intellectual property law that protect the idea. This is not how the law works. To be eligible for protection under intellectual property law, the idea must be expressed in a tangible way. If all you have is an idea for a movie then in the eyes of the law you have an unprotectable idea. This means that if you tell someone about your movie idea without making a tangible record of it and they write their own script based entirely on your idea, there is nothing you can do about it from an intellectual property law standpoint.

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