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Dateline San Francisco for IP’s global elite

By Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jacob Schindler, Bing Zhao and Adam Houldsworth

The 11th IPBC Global took place at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco between 10 and 12 June. A sell-out crowd of more than 650 delegates took part in three days of top-level discussions focusing on the key issues involved in developing and rolling out IP value creation strategies in a world that is becoming ever more interconnected and complex. From an electrifying opening keynote address by USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, through a wide range of plenaries and breakouts, to the final masterclass sessions on China deal making and partnering with universities on the Tuesday afternoon, this was an event to remember

Sitting on his own in the Palace Hotel bar, eating a sandwich and scrolling down his tablet, he cut an unassuming figure the night before IPBC Global 2018 got underway. But as delegates greeted old friends and made new ones over a few beers and sometimes something stronger, Andrei Iancu could reflect on the fact that he had made quite an impact since he was appointed USPTO director in February. In fact, he has electrified the US patent community and led many to believe that after so many false dawns, this time the pendulum really has started to swing back.

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