- Great networking and catching up with old friends
- Patchy content
- Telecoms fixated
- Patent dominated
- Not a great dinner venue for Monday, particularly for an epileptic
- A market on the move, but still too patent focussed
- A lovely hotel and a unique room
Overall rating 7/10
I’m not sure what more to say. I’ll explain a couple.
Next year, unless the content matures, it should be renamed the Patent Business Congress or the Telecoms Patents Business Congress.
It seemed close to all of the speakers and most of the audience seemed to think that IP=patents and could talk of nothing else. Even worse, anybody outside of telecoms would have felt poorly served. Maybe this was the sub-theme, and if so it should have been made clear.
I started to count in each session the number of times that the word patent was being mentioned or the number of minutes of possession patents was getting. If I’d had one of those football possession stats, it would have read Patents 96%, others 4%. Like Barcelona versus Newcastle in the Champions League (it’ll never happen but we can but dream) patents were the tiki-taka champions of the conference.
Do you think I’ve made my point? Does anyone care? Well at least thanks you to Mickie Piatt from Chicago-Kent college of law who came across after Ben Goodger’s very stimulating session yesterday and is trying to take patents out of her IP education program. Mickie, I’ve totally misrepresented what you said to me but, as they say, never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
I am epileptic so imagine my joy at the one million twinkling lights on Monday night at the Casino de Estoril in a room that replicated my one, and only, night in a lap dancing bar. The venue could not have been much worse. Though I did get to sit next to the IV wall of sound that is Ken Lustig.
Conversation possession wise I think I got 6%. He is the tiki-taka of the conversation world. I think he paused for breath once but left his ears at home in Seattle. I had to play the tactic of a surprise shot from distance around six minutes in by asking “Is IV going to make money?”. Around 2 minutes later after explanations about how IV is making pots of money I tried another “I wasn’t asking about revenues, I was asking whether they will return money to investors and whether the management team will make their bonuses for a return over 15%, or whatever IVs hurdle rate is?”
I wasn’t being provocative or skeptical Ken (promise) but you are running a 20 year fund that is 10 years in and is the most prominent of IPs investment funds. If IV fails, we may all fail or at least find finding money hard (that btw the answers your question about why we care about IV).
Sorry Ken, everybody says you are a wall of sound but you’ve now met a Geordie. We tell people when they’ve inadvertently smeared bogeys on their chin so you’re not getting away lightly.
It does seem the market is moving though. Mosaid and CPA with new PE owners, new funds for the quite hard to like Vincent Pluvinage (so he says) and one other genuine IP visionary and, for us, BCG represented. A good chat with Mark Wohlfarth about how BCG see the market. One to watch I think.
We did have a great table on Monday though. My personal favourite and aspirational friend John Olsen. Ben Goodger also of Edwards Wildman (regrow the beard Obi-Wan). Peter Holden, watch him, he is the real thing. Mark Wohlfarth from BCG, about whom more above, and a gentleman from Perkins Coie who’s name I didn’t get. And Rob who’s an IP genius at the worst of times.
A few awards
Best presentation. An equal first:
Raymond Hegarty of IV (shit, he’s got more kids than me, in fact I’ve got 5/9 of his number and he still may have a couple more in him). Unexpectedly polished and informative and expectedly entertaining. Irish dancing is on the keynote for 2013. It is IP Joff. You need to remove yourself from all these Neanderthal patent types. Oops, there I go again.
Haydn Evans from CPA with his series of European IP attention statements. Heck are we in trouble. We will soon be not only out-patented but out-innovated. Does anybody care?
Best dressed woman. That unapproachable larger than life (and her dress) girl in the beach dress on Tuesday.
Best idea. INTIPSAs vision with a quality twist suggested by the very cool Kate from Watermark.
Best comment from the audience. Being immodest, mine in Donal’s session. Europe needs to focus on it’s USP s and fast. Start by uninviting all the American trolls and troll evolutionaries who say they’re not trolls from IPBC 2013.
MVP. Joff Wild. You seem to like the Americanisms, example IP Hall of Fame. You’ve created a prima donna fest Joff. All criticism constructive.
Oh, my room at the Poussada. How much I made of this!! They’ve retired the room for me going forward. Room 007 will be forever mine.