Background to IPBC

Since it was launched in Amsterdam in 2008, IPBC has become established as the world’s principal forum for senior thought leaders who specialise in the business of intellectual property, giving them a place to come together and discuss cutting-edge issues around IP value creation. With intellectual property continuing to move further up the corporate, investment and policy agendas, this focus is more relevant than ever before.

Previous IPBC Global events in Amsterdam (2008 and 2014), Chicago (2009), Munich (2010), San Francisco (2011 and 2015), Cascais (2012), Boston (2013), Barcelona (2016), as well as IPBC China in Beijing (2012 and 2015), IPBC Asia in Singapore (2013), Shanghai (2014 and 2016) and Tokyo (2015) and IPBC Japan in Tokyo (2014 and 2016), have clearly demonstrated that the event is unique in the IP calendar as a conference which brings together delegates from operating companies, non-practising entities, IP aggregators, finance, investment, policy and the law.

The opportunities that the IPBC format affords for the exchange of views and experiences – both in formal sessions and during breakfast, lunch and networking breaks – are unparalleled, and are why IPBC events attract such high-level attendees and speakers.

People attend IPBC events because they are unique in four important ways:

  • They focus solely on intellectual property as a business asset and how best it can be managed to extract maximum value.
  • IAM is exceptionally placed to assemble an outstanding set of speakers and delegates who bring experience, knowledge and insight to the issues that truly matter to senior IP decision makers.
  • Limited delegate numbers, strictly enforced occupation quotas and carefully designed sessions mean that the events uniquely combine world-class IP business expertise with outstanding networking opportunities in an intimate and informal atmosphere.
  • The IPBC format works because it brings together the most senior representatives from across the IP industry not just to discuss IP business, but also to do deals

Delegate profile

IPBC China 2016 was a huge success, with 200 delegates from leading Chinese and international corporations, academia and government in attendance. 

As an invitation-based event, IPBC China’s audience will be focused on two key groups: chief IP officers, heads of intellectual property or their equivalents at major Chinese enterprises; and their counterparts at major multinationals. Alongside these corporate attendees there were a small, select group of leading executives from the broader IP value creation community including IP investors, intermediaries, regulators and service providers.

To guarantee a variety of outlooks and experiences at IPBC events, we employ strict sector quotas for Intermediaries, private practice lawyers/attorneys and service provider representatives. Once we hit a quota limit, we are unable to offer a place to those from the relevant sector seeking to register. This ensures the events remain focused on our key attendees – senior executives at operating companies. View the delegate breakdown here.

The host

IAM is universally acknowledged as the world’s leading IP business information provider. It was launched in July 2003 to address the ways in which businesses and other entities can maximise the value of their intellectual property and other intangibles, and to examine the strategies that they can employ to do this. IAM is unique because it treats intellectual property as a business asset and tool, rather than simply as a legal right. With this unequalled appeal to the boardroom, IAM has firmly established itself as the only IP publication that many senior corporate executives read regularly.

For more information on IPBC Asia, taking place in Tokyo from 29 to 31 October 2017, please contact Daniel Cole on +852 5665 5774 or at

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