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Thomson Reuters

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Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

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Kenyon & Kenyon LLPIP NavigationTechInsights IPVALUEMintz LevinAdamson & PartnersQuestelRockstarChipworksCPA GlobalGlobal IP Law GroupFortress Investment GroupPapst Licensing GmbH & Co KG

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New markets, new opportunities

The IP Business Congress Global (IPBC Global) returns to Europe at a time when far-reaching reforms of the patent system could herald major changes in the continent’s IP marketplace. The introduction of the unitary EU patent and the Unified Patent Court will see the emergence of a single European patent jurisdiction with a population of over 500 million, including three G8 countries.

Although all of the details have yet to be ironed out, the consequences of the new regime look set to be profound, as the value of high-quality patent rights in Europe and the resulting potential for transactions increase. Already it is clear that the IP strategies of operating companies in the European Union will have to adapt to take account of the altered environment; while the likelihood is that the number of non-practising entities active in the region will grow substantially.

As the world’s premier event about IP as a business asset, the IPBC Global is the ideal venue at which to discuss what the new EU patent system will mean for monetisation, deal making, financing and other forms of IP value creation – not just for those already based in the region, but also for those looking to establish a presence over the coming years.

However, there is of course a big wide world of IP beyond Europe. The IPBC Global 2014 will address the most important strategic challenges facing IP owners, as well as those who advise them. The event will bring leading corporate IP decision makers, aggregators, investors, brokers and other intermediaries together with senior figures from the law, policy making and academia to discuss cutting-edge issues around the creation of IP value, with a special emphasis once again on the role of the chief IP officer and the various challenges facing those who hold such a position. 

For anyone who regards IP as one of the pivotal business assets of the 21st century, the IPBC Global 2014 is a must-attend event. We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in June.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adamson & PartnersIPVALUERockstarKenyon & Kenyon LLPPapst Licensing GmbH & Co KGChipworksGlobal IP Law GroupQuestelTechInsights CPA GlobalIP NavigationFortress Investment GroupMintz Levin

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Silver sponsors

Asia IP ExchangeTechPatsConversantIntellectual VenturesRed Chalk GroupPerkins CoieTranspacific IP Group LimitedEdwards Wildman

Bronze sponsors

Marathon Patent GroupBerggren GroupInventergy IncEvaluserveAISTEMOSSciTech Patent ArtDocument Security SystemsValipat SAParsa WirelessOcean Tomo, LLCinoviaHTSInnographyiRunwaySterne Kessler Goldstein FoxMinesoftLexOrbisDolceraIPXIAnaqua

Silver sponsors

Transpacific IP Group LimitedRed Chalk GroupAsia IP ExchangeEdwards WildmanConversantIntellectual VenturesTechPatsPerkins Coie

Bronze sponsors

Marathon Patent GroupSciTech Patent ArtHTSInventergy IncAnaquaEvaluserveDocument Security SystemsMinesoftIPXIinoviaDolceraParsa WirelessiRunwayValipat SAInnographyBerggren GroupLexOrbisAISTEMOSOcean Tomo, LLCSterne Kessler Goldstein Fox