IPBC Asia kicks off in Tokyo with glittering reception

IPBC Asia kicks off in Tokyo with glittering reception

Hundreds of IP experts from across the globe gathered at the Palace Hotel this evening to share drinks and nibbles at IPBC Asia 2023’s welcome reception - against a stunning Tokyo backdrop. This year, the event is set to draw in record attendance of nearly 600 delegates from more than 24 countries.

IP industry leaders will dive into subject matter including patent portfolio valuation, the rise of trade secrets and how to engage in cost-effective and timely IP dispute resolution.

Kenichi Nagasawa, adviser to Canon and vice chairperson of the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), will deliver a keynote address first thing tomorrow, after which the day will swiftly move on to an array of panels, masterclasses and roundtables featuring top experts from Asia’s most significant patent players discussing the region’s biggest industry trends.

On Wednesday evening, IAM’s editorial team will be swapping their business suits for their flashiest frocks to host the annual Asia IP Elite Gala Dinner, a gathering of the region’s top 88 IP entities. The dinner will be followed by a ceremony, during which we will present 11 awards to executives and IP departments that deserve special recognition for their contributions to their organisations over the past years. These awards are open to the whole of Asia's IP market and the shortlisted companies are at the end of this article.

Following a night of celebrations, day two will start with another high-profile keynote address delivered by Ran Xu, Xiaomi’s general manager of corporate business development and IP strategy. Delegates will then be invited to listen and engage in another series of discussions led by top IP professionals, accompanied by a swift flow of coffee and networking breaks. We’ll be diving into topics such as the AI revolution, what to know about China, and Europe’s game-changing developments.

Keep an eye on IAM’s website for more developments over the coming week as IAM will be on the ground speaking with delegates and listening to discussions to bring the key developments from the event at the close of Wednesday and Thursday.

For those who wish to tune in on social media, please search for posts by delegates and speakers using #IPBCAsia.

The 2023 Shortlist

Automotive Team of the Year 

  • BYD
  • Denso
  • Hyundai Motor
  • Toyota

Electronics Team of the Year

  • Canon
  • LG Electronics
  • Sony
  • TCL 

R&D Institution Team of the Year 

  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) 
  • Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)
  • Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST)

Healthcare and Biotechnology Team of the Year 

  • Biocon Biologics
  • Cochlear
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
  • ResMed 

Internet and Software Team of the Year

  • Alibaba
  • Fujitsu
  • Grab
  • Infosys
  • Tata Consultancy Services 

Industrials Team of the Year 

  • Asahi Kasei
  • CATL
  • Daikin
  • Hitachi
  • LG Chem 

Semiconductor Team of the Year 

  • MediaTek
  • Samsung Electronics
  • SK Hynix
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company 

Mobile and Telecommunications Team of the Year

  • Huawei
  • NTT
  • Oppo
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Xiaomi 

Asia IP Deal of the Year

Given to an IP deal involving at least one Asian party which demonstrates a forward-thinking and strategic approach to value exchange in the field of licensing, IP sales, technological collaboration, or M&A.

  • Huawei & Oppo - 5G cross-licensing deal 
  • Huawei & Xiaomi - 5G tech cross-licensing deal
  • IP Bridge & TCL - cellular and HEVC licensing deal 
  • SEL & CSOT - display technology licensing deal
  • Xiaomi, IP Bridge, Orange & Siemens - multi-lateral licensing deal  

Asia Team of the Year

One in-house IP team from the Asia-Pacific region is honoured for exceptional contributions to their organisation’s business strategy over the past year.

  • BYD
  • Daikin
  • Huawei
  • TCL
  • Xiaomi

Asia Individual of the Year

One individual to be recognised for their outstanding achievements in their contributions to IP value creation.


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