IPBC Asia makes triumphant Tokyo return
IP professionals from all over the world gathered this evening in the sumptuous surroundings of The Westin Tokyo to share drinks and have a long-awaited catch up at the welcome reception of the first IPBC Asia since 2019.
Like so much of the world, IPBC Asia has been on hiatus but it is certainly back with a bang if the happy hum of voices mingling with clinking glasses is any indication. Drawing well over 400 delegates from more than 28 countries, IPBC Asia promises to dive into subject matter including world class portfolio management, collaborating for success and IP finance Asia-style when sessions start in the morning.
We’re delighted to be kicking-off with a keynote address from Japan Patent Office Commissioner Koichi Hamano first thing, after which the day rapidly moves into plenary sessions and breakouts featuring contributions from many IP leaders working inside Asia’s top companies. And tomorrow evening we have the Asia IP Elite Gala Dinner and the presentation of this year’s Asia IP awards, which recognise corporate IP excellence on a sector-by-sector basis.
After a night of networking, delegates are advised to hit the coffee first thing Wednesday as we welcome director of WIPO Japan Office Tomoki Sawai for a keynote address before heading into a second bustling day of activity and learning. We’ll be zooming-in on risk by discussing avoiding IP potholes, looking at all-important FRAND/SEP developments and checking-in on emerging tech.
What was clear this evening is how happy the community is to be able to meet in person once more - an energising start to two busy, IP-filled days.
IAM will be on the ground bringing you the key developments from the event at the close of Tuesday and Wednesday. Keep an eye on #IPBCAsia for social media posts from delegates and speakers.