IP program faculty spotlighted in upcoming issue of Inventors Digest


Michelson IP-NACCE Partnership Update: IP Program Faculty Get Spotlight in Upcoming Issue of Inventors Digest

We’re pleased to announce that NACCE’s program with the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property will be featured in the January 2023 issue of Inventors Digest. Be on the lookout for when it hits the net soon and in the time check out the article preview below:

The 2022 recipients of the Michelson IP Educator of Excellence Award highlight the importance of intellectual property education at the community college level

By Justin Chapman

At the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship’s (NACCE) annual conference in Boston in Fall 2022, the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property (Michelson IP) awarded the Michelson IP Educator of Excellence Award to Business Administration Professor Diane Sabato and History Professor John Diffley of Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts. As part of the honor, their department received a $5,000 award from Michelson IP and NACCE.

The two recipients demonstrated leadership through their innovative and successful approaches to teaching intellectual property, inspiring students and fellow educators with workshops and programs to expand IP literacy.

“The 2022 IP Educator of Excellence Award was an unexpected and humbling honor for Professor John Diffley and me,” Sabato said. The award “affirms the work that we’ve been doing to promote intellectual property for our students and others across the country.”

The award is presented annually in partnership with NACCE and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to IP education for budding entrepreneurs, inventors, makers, and creators. Last year, three Santa Monica College faculty members received the inaugural award.

In a 2022 article in the Western New England Law Review, Sabato, Diffley, and attorney Richard Kosakowski wrote that Michelson IP and NACCE are working to close the “IP education gap” by supporting educators to infuse IP education into a broad range of educational curricula.

“It is vital that IP education be infused into educational curricula as widely as possible,” they wrote. “If not, any young person today who does not understand at least the basics of intellectual property—and its value and role in science, business, arts, and the professions—will find him or herself at a distinct disadvantage in the world of tomorrow.”

The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property, an initiative of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, provides access to empowering IP education for budding inventors and entrepreneurs. Michelson 20MM was founded thanks to the generous support of renowned spinal surgeon Dr. Gary K. Michelson and Alya Michelson. To learn more, visit 20mm.org.