Lights, camera, action: Georgia Tech celebrates film industry innovations at World IP Day event

world-ip-dayWithout wondrous technical revelations such as synchronous sound, color film, innovative camera rigs, and computerized special effects, the American film industry wouldn’t be the entertainment powerhouse it is today.

How does the movie business nurture these ever-advancing technologies, while also protecting them? As part of Global IP Day, Georgia Tech goes behind the scenes with a panel discussion to reveal how intellectual property rights shape the filmmaker’s journey from script to screen. Participants will also gain insight into how technology is pushing creative frontiers in the film industry.

The discussion marks the university’s first participation in World IP Day, an annual event founded in 2000 to increase the general understanding of intellectual property and related legal protection. Each year, participating organizations around the globe provide a unique opportunity for students, business people, and others to consider how IP and technology contributes to the arts.

Panel participants include legal and entertainment experts well-versed in intellectual property, including:

Darryl Cohen, an entertainment attorney and partner with Atlanta legal firm Cohen, Cooper, Estep & Whiteman, who represents actors, models, talent agencies, and high-profile entertainment cases. Also an actor, he has appeared in numerous commercials and television episodes.

Yacov Freedman, a producer with national HLN television network who oversees live broadcasts of Morning Express with Robin Meade and Jane Velez-Mitchell, and writes for

Kelly Casey Mullally, an associate professor at the John Marshall School of Law. She teaches intellectual property, patent law, and torts.

Panel moderator Gail Podolsky is a lawyer specializing in intellectual property with legal firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Atlanta.

The free event is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Callaway Manufacturing Research Center at 813 Ferst Dr., Atlanta. A reception will follow. To RSVP for the event, please contact Hazel Bellam at (404) 815-2755,

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