The state of patent value will be front and center at the IP Business Congress in SF

In 2011 the buzz at the IP Business Congress in San Francisco was about the high cost of potential smart phone patent deals.

Bankrupt Nortel’s sale of a portfolio for $4.5 billion was announced during or just after IBPC, and Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility was announced a few days later. Since then patent values and deal flow have been all over the place.

IPBC returns to San Francisco’s Palace Hotel June 14-16 to consider “IP Market 2.0,” a still robust but dramatically different environment for patent values and transactions.

“With significant changes taking place in both the US and global IP environments – whether through legislation, court decisions, heightened
logoregulatory scrutiny and, in Europe, plans for a unitary patent and court – IP market players face significant challenges,” notes conference organizer and IAM Editor in Chief, Joff Wild. “For those who can rise to them, there are many exciting opportunities ahead. But for those who fail to grasp the full implications of recent developments, the future could be bleak.”

IPBC Global 2015 will take a detailed look at the developing IP landscape in the United States, Europe and Asia, and at how it affects not only IP owners big and small, but also aggregators, investors and intermediaries.

Notable Topics

Notable plenary and workshop topics include: Inventor insights; The future of patent sales and acquisitions; How smaller entities can compete; Medtech; IP investors; developments in patent validity; Banking on it – a look at how the financial services sector is embracing patents; discussion of licensing standards; the view of NPEs; and new corporate realities. A full agenda with speakers can be found here.

I will be moderating “Banking on it” on Monday June 15 at 4:00. This workshop features panelists Sean Reilly, Associate General Counsel of the Clearing House Payments Company, a former USPTO examiner, and director of he Patent Quality Initiative; Andrew Ramer, Managing Director of Cantor Fitzgerald’s IP Division and former President of ICAP Patent Auctions; and Michael Chernoff, Chief IP Officer of MDB Capital Group, an IP investor. If you are attending IPBC please stop by for what will be stimulating discussion about a rapidly evolving sector.

Delivering the opening plenary is Hon. Michelle K. Lee, the recently confirmed Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Tesla-Wireless-Lightbulb-nikola-tesla-3362112-389-500Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Commissioner Lee will answer questions posed by a panel of patent stakeholders, including Brian Hinman (Philips, InterDigital, Verizon, Allied Security Trust and IBM) and James Pooley, former deputy director general for innovation and technology, World Intellectual Property Organisation.

For those who wish to attend the conference but have not registered, there may be a few spaces still open. Click here for registration information.

IP Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2015 IP Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at a gala dinner on June 15. They are US copyright scholar, lawyer and author Paul Goldstein; past president of the INTA and former chief IP counsel of Richemont Frederick Mostert; influential IP blogger and academic Jeremy Phillips; Australian IP lawyer Des Ryan; and, inventor Nikola Tesla (pictured).

For more information about the IP Hall of Fame click here. 

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