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IP in hard times

The overview

The economic going continues to be tough. At times such as these, businesses need to focus on core assets and squeezing as much from them as possible. Over recent years, IP has emerged as one such asset and, as a result, monetisation, deal-making, financings and other forms of IP value creation are on the rise. Now the onus is on company boards, in-house IP functions and investors to keep on delivering results.

In 2013, under the banner of “IP in hard times”, the IP Business Congress (IPBC) brought together the world’s leading corporate IP decision makers alongside investors, NPEs, aggregators and other intermediaries. They discussed the opportunities and challenges facing IP leaders as they seek to build a global marketplace against the backdrop of difficult trading conditions and tightening budgets.

With a focus on learning from and interacting with those on the cutting edge of IP value creation, and a greater emphasis than ever before on the exchange of ideas and experiences, the IP Business Congress 2013 was, once again, the must-attend event for anyone looking to meet and learn from those who are creating the 21st century’s IP economy.      

The event

The sixth IPBC took place at The Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston on the 9th to 11th June.

Since it began in Amsterdam in 2008, the IPBC has established itself as the world’s principal forum for senior thought leaders who specialise in the business of IP to come together to discuss cutting-edge issues around IP value creation. With IP continuing to move further up the corporate and investment agenda, this focus is more relevant than ever before. As a major banking and venture capital centre and a significant IP hub, Boston was the ideal city to play host to the 2013 event.

Previous IPBCs in Amsterdam (2008), Chicago (2009), Munich (2010) San Francisco (2011) and Cascais (2012) have clearly demonstrated that the IPBC is an IP event like no other – one which brings together high-level attendees and speakers from operating companies and NPEs, investment, policy and the law to discuss the cutting-edge issues in IP and intellectual capital value creation. As in previous years, the IPBC 2013 in Boston has attract high-level delegates from around the world.

The host

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) is universally acknowledged as the world’s leading IP business magazine. It was launched in July 2003 to address the need for organisations to maximise the value of their IP and other intangibles, and to examine the strategies they can put in place to do this. IAM is unique because it treats IP as a business asset and tool rather than simply a legal right. With this unequalled appeal to the boardroom, IAM has established itself as the only IP publication that many senior corporate executives read regularly.

Using our world-class corporate, financial, intermediary and legal contacts, a high-level faculty of speakers is once again being assembled for the IPBC 2013. It will be made up of individuals in charge of IP at some of the world’s most forward-thinking companies, both large and small; investors; senior aggregators; and other intermediaries Their unique insights and experiences, presented in both our plenary and breakout sessions, will provide delegates with a thorough understanding of the principles that lie behind the development of IP value creation strategies, as well as the many challenges – actual and future – that IP-owning companies face.

The IP Hall of Fame

The IP Hall of Fame honours those who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of IP law and practice. Devised and developed by IAM, it identifies individuals who have helped to establish IP as one of the key business assets of the 21st century. The aim is not only to acknowledge the vital role played by these innovators in fostering today’s vibrant IP environment and ensuring its continued health, but also to show how central IP is to the global economy and to the wellbeing of people around the world.

The IP Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees on an annual basis. Via the nomination process, anyone in the global IP community can put forward a name to be considered by the IP Hall of Fame Academy, comprising all living IP Hall of Fame inductees and specially invited international IP thought leaders. A full list of academy members can be found here.

On 10th June 2013, a gala dinner was held in the luxurious surroundings of the Fairmont Hotel, Copley Plaza, the newest individuals chosen for induction by the IP Hall of Fame Academy were honoured by past inductees, members of the academy, IPBC delegates and invited guests.


Joff Wild
Editor, IAM

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