RP Attends the 2012 IPO Education Foundation Awards Dinner
By Brian P. O'Shaughnessy
Washington, DC  |  December 2012 –  RatnerPrestia recently hosted a private reception honoring the IPO Education Foundation’s 39th Inventor of the Year, Alex Kipman.  The inventor of Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360, Mr. Kipman is a 2001 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) software engineering program.  The event was hosted by RatnerPrestia Shareholder, fellow RIT alumnus and Trustee, Brian P. O'Shaughnessy.  The event was also attended by RIT’s Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Lisa Cauda, Dean of RIT’s Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, Dr. Andrew Sears, as well as many of Mr. Kipman’s fellow alumni.  The reception was held at RatnerPrestia’s Washington, DC office on Sunday, December 9, 2012. (see photos below) 
The following evening, the IPO Education Foundation held its annual Awards Dinner at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, at which Mr. Kipman was formally recognized for his accomplishments.  RatnerPrestia was pleased to be counted among the sponsors of the IPO Education Foundation Awards Dinner.  In addition to Mr. O’Shaughnessy, RatnerPrestia was also represented by Founder, Paul F. Prestia, CEO, Jonathan H. Spadt, COO, Barbara A. Foley, and Shareholder, Thomas G. Southard.
The IPO Education Foundation Awards Dinner also recognized the Hon. James F. Holderman, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Judge Holderman was presented with the Foundations 5th Distinguished IP Professional Award, recognizing his outstanding achievements in developing and shaping the law pertaining to innovation, creativity, and intellectual property (IP) rights. 
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(Above from left to right: Michael O’Shaughnessy, Brian O’Shaughnessy, and Alex Kipman)
(Above from left to right: Jonathan Spadt, Jeffrey Harris (RIT Trustee) and spouse, Joyce Pratt, and Kim O’Shaughnessy)
(Above from left to right: Alex Kipman and Professor Michael Lutz, Software Engineering, RIT’s Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences)
(Above from left to right: Barbara Foley, Prof. Michael Lutz, Alex Kipman, and Andrew Sears, Dean of RIT’s Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences)
(Above: Alex Kipman gives his presentation titled "Top 10 Lessons Learned When Bringing an Idea to Reality")
(Above from left to right: Barbara Foley and Herb Wamsley, Executive Director of IPO)
- Renee Bouchard Photography -

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