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As of Friday 22nd March, 383 people had signed up to attend the global IP Business Congress in Boston this June (9th to 11th). That puts us way ahead of where we have been at this time in previous years and almost certainly means we are heading for another sell-out. Although the event is at the Westin Waterfront, which is a big conference hotel, and we could expand attendance, we have decided to peg the numbers at between 550 and 600. This will allow us to keep things reasonably intimate in terms of allowing the networking opportunities and session participation that are the hallmarks of the IPBC.
So, should you be thinking of coming along – and if you are interested in IP value creation, the role of the chief IP officer and the latest trends in IP finance then you really should be there –it is strongly suggested that you secure your place as soon as possible. If you do so on or before 28th March you can take advantage of the early bird rate for the event and save yourself $300 on the full delegate price of $1,650, which becomes active on 29th March.
In terms of profile, those signed up so far break down like this: senior corporate IP management 46%; aggregators, intermediaries and investors 28%; private practice legal 26%. There are delegates from 27 countries coming along, with the top five of these being the US, Canada, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.
We have had a pretty major revamp of the speaking faculty this year, having made the decision to recruit a large proportion of first time speakers. The line-up has been just about completed and it is stellar – with IP leaders from industry, investment, aggregation and strategic consultancy all represented, as well as some top line IP creators in the form of C-suite executives and cutting edge technologists. There are going to be no presentations in Boston; instead every session, whether a plenary or a breakout, will be discussion-based – so allowing for more interaction between speakers and participation from the floor. We’ll be previewing a few of the sessions on here in the lead up to the event.
If you want to see the full programme and details of who is speaking in which session click here.
If you want to attend the IPBC Global and save yourself $300 by taking advantage of the early bird rate, which expires at midnight GMT this Thursday 28th March, click here.