On December 7-8, 2015, the IP Dealmakers Forum held its second annual event bringing together prominent leaders in the business community to address critical issues impacting the intellectual property landscape. The Apella event space in New York City was once again host to a sold-out crowd of 200 of the world’s leading intellectual property-focused investors, executives, and advisors. The attendees at this year’s forum were selectively invited and pre-approved to register.
Intellectual Ventures Founder and Chief Technology Officer, and former Chief Architect of Microsoft, Edward Jung delivered a riveting keynote on “Driving Deals Through the Patent Storm.” Other notable speakers, including dealmakers from large operating companies, licensing companies, private equity funds, and lenders shared their knowledge and experiences on several thought-provoking panels. Although many best practices and insight were gleaned from the forum, the key takeaway was to keep making deals and investing in quality IP as the market bottoms out. Even though it may be a challenging time fraught with uncertainty, many seemed to think opportunities abound for the savvy investor.
Attendees connected with one another during impromptu meetings at networking functions, as well during the private dealmaker meetings. Over 225 meetings were scheduled through the online meeting request system – over 10% more meetings than last year.
A new addition to the forum, mainstream investors interested in learning about IP were invited to attend a Monday morning workshop designed to introduce the asset class, characteristics, risks, and related deal structures.
In just two short years, the IP Dealmakers Forum has become the definitive gathering of complex IP monetization experts and public and private market investors, and the must-attend event of the year. The next IP Dealmakers Forum is scheduled for November 17-18, 2016 in New York City.