Joff Wild

Later this week I’ll be heading over to California for what promises to be a week of high-level IP debate and discussion. On Friday, I am one of the speakers at a conference in San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, being organised by the Santa Clara Law School. Entitled Defense 2.0: New Strategies for Reducing Patent Risk, the day-long event does pretty much what it says on the label. Along with Peter Menell of Berkeley Law School, Tom Ewing of Avancept and Jim Peacock of NociMed, I’ll be on the lunchtime panel discussing NPEs and their differing business models.

My specific brief is to speak a little about what is happening with NPEs and defensive aggregators outside the US; and having looked into it, I have found that there is perhaps quite a bit more than you might first think – with more to come in the future. There are plenty of other sessions too and a great roster of speakers. If you are in the San Jose area and fancy coming along, then the day will cost you $100. Tickets can be obtained from Colleen Chien, who is one of the organisers. Please come and say hello if you do make it.

After Silicon Valley there’s a short hop down south to San Diego for the annual meeting of LES USA and Canada. IAM is the official strategic media partner of the organisation and the conference is always one of the highlights of the year. I am particularly looking forward to the scheduled discussion of the Nortel auction and its implications – a lot of those involved in what took place will be there to share their thoughts. On Tuesday 18th October IAM will have a stand in the tech fair. If you are in town, please drop by.