Senior members of the global intellectual property business community will convene in Amsterdam this month for the inaugural IP Business Congress. Held on 25th and 26th June, the Congress will be one of the major intellectual property events of the year.
The Congress opens with a one and a half day Chief Intellectual Property Officer (CIPO) Summit organised by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), the worldÂ´s leading IP business magazine. Following this, Ocean Tomo LLC will host an auction of IP rights.
"Items such as patents, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks are now viewed as assets of crucial strategic importance to businesses across the world," says IAMÂ´s editor Joff Wild. "The IP Business Congress will show how their value can be maximised to allow companies to boost revenues and enhance shareholder returns."
The CIPO Summit will be attended by people who are responsible for managing IP portfolios worth hundreds of millions, or even billions, of dollars. "I would strongly urge anyone interested in critical issues facing the IP industry today to attend this event," says Kevin Rivette, Chairman of the US governmentÂ´s Patent Advisory Committee. "This conference is shaping up to be the IP gathering of the year."
Joining Rivette on the summitÂ´s worldâclass speaking faculty are figures such as Jon Dudas, Under Secretary for Commerce and Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office; David Kappos, Head of IP Law at IBM; Ruud Peters, CEO of Philips IP & Standards; Marshall Phelps, Corporate VP for IP Policy and Practices at Microsoft; Joe Beyers, VP for IP Licensing at HewlettâPackard; and Scott Frank, President and CEO of AT&T Intellectual Property.
"IÂ´m excited to be a part of the first annual IP Business Congress and am looking forward to hearing other intellectual property leaders discuss their roles and challenges," says AT&TÂ´s Scott Frank. "Based on the exceptional list of IP speakers, this is likely to be one of the major events of 2008 and I encourage everyone to attend."
On the afternoon of the second day, IAM will hand over to Ocean Tomo for its second European IP Auction. Widely acknowledged as the worldÂ´s leading organiser of live and open IP auctions, Ocean Tomo will give a direct and practical demonstration of the power and value of intellectual property in todayÂ´s business world.
Since 2006 Ocean Tomo auctions have raised over $70 million for sellers. Its first European sale "â held in London in June 2007 "â established a world record for a single patent sold at open auction when an internet shopping patent was bought for $4,865,550.
"In collaboration with IAM magazine, we have planned the most informative, important and exciting event for the IP community this year," says James Malackowski, President and CEO of Ocean Tomo. "I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn from and network with the IP pioneers and thought leaders who will be attending."
To find out more about the IP Business Congress 2008, visit the website at www.ipbusinesscongress.com.
IAM magazine and Ocean Tomo LLC would like to invite members of the press to attend the IP Business Congress at no charge. If you wish to take up this opportunity please contact:
Reporter, IAM magazine
Tel: +44 20 7234 0606
Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine is widely recognised as the leading global publication on intellectual property as a business asset. The magazineÂ´s primary focus is on looking at how IP can be best managed and exploited in order to increase company profits, drive shareholder value and obtain increased leverage in the capital markets. Its core readership primarily comprises board level and senior executives in IPâowning companies, corporate counsel, private practice lawyers, licensing and technology transfer managers, investors and analysts. The magazine is published by Globe White Page Ltd, London. www.iamâmagazine.com
About Ocean Tomo
Established in 2003, Ocean Tomo, LLC is the leading Intellectual Capital Merchant BancÂ® firm that specialises in understanding and leveraging IP assets. The company provides advice in IPârelated mergers and acquisitions, investments, valuations, expert services, analytics and IP auctions. Headquartered in Chicago, Ocean Tomo has offices in San Francisco, Palm Beach, Orange County and Washington, DC. Subsidiaries of Ocean Tomo include: Ocean Tomo Auctions, LLC; Ocean Tomo Asset Management, LLC; and Ocean Tomo Capital, LLC "â publisher of the Ocean Tomo 300Â® Patent Index (Amex: OTPAT), the Ocean Tomo 300Â® Patent Growth Index (Amex: OTPATG) and the Ocean Tomo 300Â® Patent Value Index (Amex: OTPATV). www.oceantomo.com