Platinum sponsor

Thomson Reuters

Host country sponsor

Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

Gold sponsors

Global IP Law GroupRockstarQuestelAdamson & PartnersCPA GlobalFortress Investment GroupMintz LevinKenyon & Kenyon LLPPapst Licensing GmbH & Co KGChipworksIP NavigationTechInsights IPVALUE

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New markets, new opportunities

Farewell from Amsterdam

Over 600 delegates from just under 50 countries gathered at the IPBC Global 2014, which took place at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam from June 22 to 24. Attended by senior operators from all parts of the IP marketplace – including chief IP officers, executives from major public IP companies and other non-practising entities, financiers and investors, brokers and other intermediaries, policy makers, lawyers and service providers – the IPBC Global 2014 proved  a resounding success, from the very first plenary session featuring Philips President and CEO Frans van Houten to the final breakouts. High-quality debates, unequalled networking opportunities and top-class social events (including the IP Hall of Fame Gala Dinner, held in the Winter Gardens of the Krasnapolsky Hotel on Monday June 23) combined to create a truly memorable three days.

You can read reports from the IPBC Global here:

Day One report

Day Two report

The sessions can also be revisited by reviewing the tweets posted as the event took place at #IPBC14.

Many thanks to all attendees, speakers, moderators and sponsors for making the IPBC 2014 such a memorable event!

IPBC Asia, Shanghai, December 7 to 9

The next IP Business Congress Asia (IPBC Asia) will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Shanghai from December 7 to 9 2014. It will build on the huge success of last year’s event in Singapore, which attracted close to 400 delegates drawn from 33 countries.

The IPBC Asia is focused on the business of intellectual property as it develops across the Asia-Pacific region. The event provides three days of high-level discussion and unparalleled networking opportunities, bringing together thought leaders from Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America – including many senior figures from the corporate IP world.

Discussions at the IPBC Asia will centre on how rights holders can strategically use intellectual property to secure greater operational flexibility, drive revenues, enhance bottom-line returns, increase shareholder value and provide leverage in the financial markets, as well as the challenges that they face as they seek to do this. Sessions will explore general issues associated with IP value creation, but with a specifically Asian accent, reflecting the continuing growth of the region’s IP market and the fact that its companies are putting ever-greater emphasis on taking their offerings to other parts of the world. With the IPBC Asia taking place in Shanghai this year, the programme will also include a bilingual track focused on the China market.

For more information on the IPBC Asia 2014 please visit the event website.

IPBC Global, San Francisco, June 14 to 16 2015

The next IPBC Global will take place at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco, from June 14 to 16 2015. More details will be made available shortly.

Programme highlights

CIPO inside track
Tuesday 24th June 11:30 - 13:00

Meet some of the world’s most prominent chief intellectual property officers (CIPOs) and learn what makes them tick, how they aim to create and communicate IP value, and what keeps them up at night.

  • What makes a successful head of IP?
  • Secrets to building IP value
  • The challenges of the 21st century IP market

Europe on the edge
Tuesday 24th June 09:30 - 11:00

The European patent market stands on the verge of potential transformation as the EU patent and the Unified Patent Court move towards realisation. Senior figures form the corporate, policy and aggregation world discuss how the landscape may change.

  • New corporate IP strategies
  • Opportunities for non-practising entities
  • Separating fact from fiction

PIPCO challenges
Monday 23rd June 14:05 - 15:35

The number of publicly quoted IP companies (PIPCOs) has grown significantly over the last few years. They employ a number of different models and have enjoyed mixed success.

  • Why go public in the first place?
  • Different PIPCO business models
  • Consolidation or expansion?

Opportunity Asia
Monday 23rd June 14:05 - 15:35

The growing sophistication of top-tier companies in a variety of Asian countries means that there are ever more opportunities for intermediaries and aggregators in the region.

  • The deals being done
  • How to overcome cultural barriers
  • Where the Asian market is heading

Building a world-class corporate IP function
Monday 23rd June 14:05 - 15:35

As IP becomes a more important business asset, in-house IP teams are under greater pressure than ever to deliver results beyond portfolio management.

  • Key elements for success
  • Avoiding the silos
  • Learning from the best in class

NPEs under attack
Monday 23rd June 16:10 - 17:40

The debate about non-practising entities (NPEs)/patent assertion entities/trolls grows louder and more vehement in the United States. Attacks are being launched from a variety of sources.

  • Proposed patent litigation reform
  • Growing judicial and antitrust scrutiny
  • What the future holds for NPEs

Competitive intelligence
Monday 23rd June 16:10 - 17:40

If you know where and how to look, there is a lot of IP information out there that can help you to make decisions in areas as diverse as R&D investment and monetisation programmes.

  • Understanding what information is available
  • The benefits of mapping industry landscapes
  • Using intelligence to maximise business opportunities

Building a world-class IP portfolio
Monday 23rd June 16:10 - 17:40

Amassing IP rights is no longer enough; the quality of what a portfolio contains is now more important than ever – and that applies to both operating companies and NPEs.

  • What makes a best-in-class portfolio?
  • Quality or quantity, or both?
  • The benefits of owning a world-class portfolio

Cooperative patent purchasing
Monday 23rd June 10:45 - 12:15

Large, high-quality patent portfolios are expensive to buy, with the price often beyond the means of a single purchaser. To plug the gap, new models – built around consortia and special purpose vehicles – have been involved in several recent large-scale deals.

  • How consortia are formed
  • When to participate
  • Competition and antitrust issues

Deal dynamics
Tuesday 24th June 14:20 - 15:50

Transactions in which IP is the driving force are becoming bigger and more common. And there is much more to them than buying, selling and licensing.

  • Types of deal being done
  • The drivers of big transactions
  • The major deals analysed

Beyond monetisation
Tuesday 24th June 14:20 - 15:50

IP value creation is not all about generating cash returns and freedom to operate. It can also be about collaboration, open innovation and a host of other activities.

  • Enabling multi-company partnerships
  • The intellectual capital connection
  • Open source and open innovation

Diving into the talent pool
Tuesday 24th June 14:20 - 15:50

IP operations are only as good as the people who work in them. It has never been more important to recruit and retain the best.

  • The next generation of corporate IP leaders
  • The skill sets required
  • Looking beyond the lawyers

The next battlegrounds
Tuesday 24th June 16:20 - 17:50

Smartphone patent wars have dominated the headlines over the last five years, but other areas are set to become potential litigation battlegrounds.

  • Financial services, the cloud, medical devices
  • Looking beyond patents
  • Lessons that the smartphone wars can teach plaintiffs and defendants

Monetisation models
Tuesday 24th June 16:20 - 17:50

There have never been more options for IP owners looking to generate cash from their portfolios and the choices look set to get even wider.

  • Outsourcing monetisation programmes
  • Emerging trends
  • Looking beyond patents

Ins and outs of benchmarking
Tuesday 24th June 16:20 - 17:50

One of the prerequisites in managing any IP value creation programme is knowing how well it is doing. But benchmarking can often be more art than science.

  • Why and when benchmarking is necessary
  • What to measure and how
  • Interpreting the information collected

The view from the top
Monday 23rd June 09:00 - 10:00

Frans van Houten is the CEO of Royal Philips, one of Europe’s biggest and most successful companies. In a special session, that will include a Q&A component, he will talk about why he and his board view IP as integral to business strategy, the value that it brings, how they interact with the corporate IP function and much more besides.

  • IP in the boardroom
  • Building a seamless IP culture
  • Engaging with the C-suite

Platinum sponsor

Thomson Reuters

Host country sponsor

Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

Gold sponsors

RockstarTechInsights ChipworksAdamson & PartnersQuestelCPA GlobalFortress Investment GroupIPVALUEGlobal IP Law GroupIP NavigationKenyon & Kenyon LLPPapst Licensing GmbH & Co KGMintz Levin

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Silver sponsors

Asia IP ExchangeTechPatsConversantIntellectual VenturesRed Chalk GroupPerkins CoieTranspacific IP Group LimitedEdwards Wildman

Bronze sponsors

Marathon Patent GroupBerggren GroupInventergy IncEvaluserveValipat SAParsa WirelessPromaxAISTEMOSSciTech Patent ArtOcean Tomo, LLCSterne Kessler Goldstein FoxMinesoftLexOrbisHTSiRunwayinoviaDocument Security SystemsDolceraIPXIInnographyAnaqua

Silver sponsors

TechPatsRed Chalk GroupAsia IP ExchangeEdwards WildmanConversantIntellectual VenturesTranspacific IP Group LimitedPerkins Coie

Bronze sponsors

Marathon Patent GroupSciTech Patent ArtIPXIValipat SAOcean Tomo, LLCHTSInventergy IncMinesoftDolceraAnaquaAISTEMOSPromaxinoviaLexOrbisEvaluserveSterne Kessler Goldstein FoxDocument Security SystemsInnographyParsa WirelessiRunwayBerggren Group