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Tokyo treat for IP pros

By Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd and Jacob Schindler

IPBC Asia 2017 took place at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo from October 29 to 31. Over 530 delegates – a new record – were in attendance, contributing to what was a fascinating and insightful three days. Issues such as IP strategy in the age of convergence and the state of the global patent transactions market were central themes, with the perspective of senior IP leaders from the region forming the basis of discussions. By the end one thing had become abundantly clear: change is in the air and Asia is at the heart of the developing world of intellectual property

Convergence’ and ‘connectivity’ are two words seared into the minds of anyone working in patents these days and they were a major theme throughout IPBC Asia 2017, nowhere more so than during the opening plenary “Meet the deal makers”. In particular, panellists discussed how assets created to underpin technologies in one sector are now being applied in industries far beyond the core experiences and knowledge of their owners.

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