Honoring the creative achievements, primarily in the Chicago metropolitan area, for patent, copyright, or trademark protection.
The Creator of the Year Award honors significant creative contributions in one or more of the substantive areas protected by intellectual property law.
Achievements that could form the basis for a nomination include:
An invention or group of inventions having technological significance and an important social and economic impact, resulting in one or more U.S. patents.
A powerful branding program that combines a strong trademark or service mark and a memorable advertising and marketing campaign.
An important and original work of authorship, in the literary, musical, visual, dramatic or other arts.
Nominees include individuals and groups of individuals/corporations, and need not be the current owner of the corresponding intellectual property right.
Selections are made by IPLAC's Board of Managers upon recommendation of the Creative Achievement Award Committee.
Winners are honored at IPLAC’s Annual Meeting.