Music Accelerator Innovation and IP
Open Innovation &brainstorming can challenge IP ownership. Just check-out music industry & creative arts headlines. Best practices reviewed to avoid this.
Music, Accelerator, Incubator, Innovation, Brainstorming, IP, Intellectual Property
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Music Accelerator Innovation and IP

12 Aug Music Accelerator Innovation and IP


On August 24, the Wisconsin and Chicago Chapters of the LES (Licensing Executives Society, U.S.A. and Canada, Inc.) will gather at 2112 Creative Accelerator in Chicago.

When: Monday afternoon, August 24, 2015

  • 3:00 p.m. Doors open for Registration & Optional Short Tours of the Facility
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Join Jeff Becker, Joseph Miotke and Ada Nielsen for a discussion about Innovation in the Music, Film, Creative Technology Space
  • 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Networking & Informational Tours

Cost: $25 per person for LES/ACG members (includes Event Brite fee); $30 for non-LES/non-ACG members

Parking available in the Fort Knox parking lot at the South end of the building or on the street. Enter at 4245 Knox entrance.


The Program

Open discussions in open spaces (including a music accelerator) can lead to vibrant brainstorming; if those brainstormed ideas result in big commercial success, however, there can be fractious outcomes. The idea-of-the-moment needs to be considered with an eye to future commercial success – and ownership and IP of that idea. We will discuss, probe, explain best practices for innovation and IP in the creative space. It will be a vibrant discussion – starting with our three presenters and expanding to small group discussions among the attendees.

Jeff Becker is Chair of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Entertainment and Media Law Practice Group. Among his clients are musicians, actors, publishers and record labels, theatrical producers and playwrights, authors, independent filmmakers and other creative individuals and entertainment-related businesses. For these clients, Jeff provides comprehensive representation in the transactional and litigation aspects of their businesses. In doing so, he counsels clients in the preparation, analysis and negotiation of various issues, including licensing and distribution rights, royalty negotiations and disputes, rights acquisition and clearances, talent agreements, production and performance agreements, music publishing and licensing agreements, recording contracts and master license agreements, talent submissions and artist management agreements. Jeff strives to find the most cost-efficient way to help clients secure and protect their rights. He is an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University College of Law, where he teaches Music Law, and has guest lectured on entertainment-related topics at Notre Dame Law School, SAE Institute, Columbia College Chicago, Loyola University, and John Marshall Law School.


Joe Miotke is a patent litigator and licensed patent attorney with intellectual property experience in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters.  He has been part of patent litigation teams securing verdicts and settlements in excess of $150 million. He is also one of the only attorneys in Wisconsin, and among the few in the United States, who has negotiated IP monetization transactions.  As one example, he successfully placed one of the world’s largest audio/video music concert archives into a public intellectual property auction. Likewise he has substantial experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications across a wide array of technologies and negotiating complex intellectual property transactions with many of the world’s largest technology innovators. Joe is a frequent author and speaker to international audiences regarding IP monetization, patent litigation and other IP related topics. He is recognized as a Wisconsin ‘IP Star’ by Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Asset Management identified him in their IAM Patent 1000 guide (the world’s leading patent attorneys) as one of the top patent practitioners in Wisconsin.


Ada C. Nielsen is Managing Director of The PeregrineMaven Group and CEO of Foodexus LLC. Currently she serves as Chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. In July 2015 she served as Volunteer Chair of LES University in Chicago.  (She is past-president of LES (USA & Canada). She is also a board member of the Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago Chapter. Her specialty is building businesses, reinvigorating existing businesses, and M&A and IP transactions. She is identified as one of the top 300 Global Intellectual Asset Strategists by IAM Magazine (2013-2014-2015) and was named a Distinguished Licensing Fellow by LES International in May 2014. She is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.



Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

You must be 21 years of age or older.


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