Product news  •  13 Jun 2018

IPBC Global 2018 sees record number of attendees in San Francisco

IPBC Global opened on Sunday with a special lunch to honour this year’s inductees into the IP Hall of Fame and the opening reception and closed last night with drinks in the beautiful Sunset Court at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

The event saw a keynote presentation from USPTO director Andrei Iancu, followed by a debate on the motion “This house believes that despite recent negative developments, the United States remains and will continue to be the driving force of the global patent market”. Quite a way to open on Monday.

The other keynotes were held by GE’s chief innovation officer Sue Siegel and EPO president Benoit Battistelli. Topics discussed across the two days included patent pools, patent eligibility, the PTAB, IP value creation, IP deals, and much more.

A full report of everything that happened on Day 1 is available here, and on Day 2 – here.

The event in numbers:

  • 650+ delegates
  • 42% of attendees represented IP-owning companies.
  • 23% of attendees represented service providers.
  • 18% of attendees were from law and attorney firms.
  • 9% of attendees worked in finance/investment/brokerages.
  • 8% of attendees represented government agencies, patent and trademark offices, and academic institutions.

Well done to the entire IAM team for pulling together the 11th annual IPBC Global. Now that we are back in London – time to start planning for next year’s event in Boston!