Joff Wild

Now that the festive break is well and truly over, thoughts will be turning once more to work and how to get ahead. For those of you who operate in areas related to the maximisation of IP value, one clear way to ensure you remain on the cutting edge of developments is to make sure that you secure your place at this year’s global IP Business Congress, which is taking place at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston from 9th to 11th June.

More than 2,400 delegates have attended the five previous IPBCs and there will be another full house when the 2013 event begins. Attracting high-level corporate IP leaders and senior players in the IP marketplace – including aggregators, intermediaries, investors and non-practising entities – there is no other annual meeting like the IPBC. Its world-class speaking faculty and the many formal and informal networking opportunities built around plenary and breakout sessions make it the must-attend event for all those interested in IP value creation.

In Boston there will be even more opportunities for speakers and delegates to interact, swap ideas and compare experiences. With set-piece debates, a ground-breaking innovation games session, roundtables and a host of panel discussions, there will never be a better chance to drill into the expertise of world-class IP value creators and those who advise them.

We are adding names to the speaking faculty all the time and those who have confirmed over the last three weeks include:

• David Cohen, Head of litigation, licensing & intellectual property, Vringo

• Sarah Guichard, Vice-president & associate general counsel – patent & standards, RIM

• Joseph Hadzima, Chairman emeritus, MIT Global Enterprise Forum

• Heath Hoglund, Chief patent counsel, Dolby Laboratories

• James Malackowski, Chairman and CEO, Ocean Tomo LLC

• Gillian McColgan, Chief technology officer, Rockstar Consortium

• Malcolm Meeks, Principal licensing attorney, Infineon Technologies AG

• Suzanne Munck, Chief counsel for IP, Federal Trade Commission

• Bart Newland, Vice-president and chief IP counsel, Biogen Idec

• Stephen Socolof, Managing partner, New Venture Partners

• Peter Spours, Chief IP strategist, TomTom

They join a host of other high-profile players in the IP markets who have already signed-up. We’ll be adding more names of a similar calibre to the list over the coming weeks.

In order to ensure the best possible experience for those who attend the IPBC, we restrict the number of delegates. So, as with previous meetings, we are expecting the Boston event to be a sell-out. Thus, if you do want to come along you are strongly recommended to book your place now. And if you do it in January, you can take advantage of our super-early bird discount of $1,150, which represents a saving of 30% on the full price.

In order to book a place, click here

To see the full IPBC programme, click here

See you in Beantown!