IPforward 2018 provides a unique forum to network with and learn from intellectual property (IP) leaders, fast-growing Silicon Valley companies and leading global companies about how they build and manage high value IP portfolios and execute advanced IP strategy.

IPforward 2018 is free for in-house IP counsel and IP professionals, but space is limited.

Past speakers have included in-house IP thought leaders from ExpediaFacebook, Google, GoProHuawei, IDT, Johnson Batteries, LinkedIn, Knowles Electronics, Seagate Technology, Square, Titan Medical, Uber, Verily, Waymo, Workday, X ‘the Moonshot Factory’ and Zynga as they discuss topics around the theme: 

Excellence in IP Strategy, Tactics & Operations

Reviews from past IPforward conferences:

“…time was well spent with interesting topics to grab my attention all day.”
“The topics and speakers were great!”
“Better than any of the recent ‘big’ IP conferences I have attended.”
“Keep up with the practical and valuable content.”
“I thought it was fantastic”
“War stories are incredibly helpful. And the networking was excellent.”
“Very sophisticated and thought provoking.”
“The conference was hitting on many topics that are real issues for me now.”
“Better than any of the recent ‘big’ IP conferences I have attended.”
“A home run, with everyone engaged and great information passed along.”
“It was invaluable!


Our fourth annual IPforward conference will be held April 10-11, 2018 at the San Mateo Marriott, San Mateo, CA in Silicon Valley. Our second annual User Group meeting will be on April 10th, details below.

If you are in-house IP counsel or IP management or operations professional, do not miss this unique opportunity to network with your peers, share best practices, benchmark your own operations against them and nurture your professional development.

IPforward is free for in-house professionals but space is very limited. IPforward is designed to have a personal, collegial atmosphere so only 150 spaces are available for attendees.

Confirmed Speakers – more to follow

Arien Ferrell
AGC & Senior IP Counsel
Kevin McLintock
Senior Director IP
Michael Moore
Ass. GC Products & Patents
Pure Storage
Bruce Elder
Stephen Lee
Ass. Gen. Counsel, IP 
Target Brands
Bruce Elder
Legal Director & Head of IP
Eric Sutton
Senior Patent Counsel
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Diane Gabl Kratz
Senior IP Counsel
Seagate Technology
Heather McCann
Teddy Joe
Senior Counsel, IP and Product
 Joan McGillycuddy Rupert Mayer  Carrie Beatus
Joan McGillicuddy
IP Counsel
New Avon 
Rupert Mayer
CEO and Founder
Carrie Beatus
AGC Patent Operations
Honeywell International

IPforward 2018 Agenda 

Cutting edge topics in IP strategy, tactics and operations will include:

  • The cutting edge in IP management: lessons from Silicon Valley
  • Artificially intelligent IP portfolio development and management
  • Lessons learned from running large complex IP operations
  • The modern art of invention disclosure, capture, assessment and management
  • Perspectives on IP strategy and management in large mergers and acquisitions
  • Creating a data driven IP value strategy
  • Intellectual property: planning for the future in a changing Europe
  • Launching new brands from an IP management perspective

Who Can Attend

The conference is free for in-house IP counsel and IP profesionals but space is very limited. Only 150 spaces are available. A small number of slots for outside counsel or IP professionals are available on a fee paying basis.


2nd Annual IPfolio User Group Meeting April 10, 2018

On the afternoon of April 9 prior to the the IPforward conference, customers and partners of IPfolio are invited to our second annual User Group meeting. Attendance is limited to 60 customers only.

The User Group meeting will:

  • explore exciting new capabilities in IPfolio’s advanced IP management software
  • provide an opportunity to build skills, share tips and best practices around IPfolio’s software
  • allow networking with other IPfolio customers and fellow IP in-house professionals
  • provide customer feedback to the IPfolio team about features and services

An “expert’s corner” will provide work stations with the tool personed by our customer success heroes to answer any questions and show you any feature, tip or trick in the IPfolio tool.

This invitation only event is also free for IPfolio customers and select invited IPfolio partners. Lunch, snacks and an invitation only welcome dinner in the evening are included.

Agenda: IPfolio User Group Meeting 

9:00am Welcome and opening remarks

Rupert Mayer, CEO and Founder; Mark Bullard, COO

Overview of customer success initiatives

Kevin Nugent, VP of Customer Success; Tyler Dunk, Snr. Mgr. Client Support

Networking break & expert’s corner
Customer success in the real world – a customer speaks

IPfolio customer

Customer best practices, tips & tricks from the trenches

Kevin Nugent, VP of Customer Success, IPfolio & Team

Networking lunch & IPfolio expert’s corner
Customer success in real world – a customer speaks

IPfolio customer

Joint software development session: IPfolio & customers design the future

Rupert Mayer, CEO; Mark Bullard, COO; Kevin Nugent, VP Customer Success

IPfolio software and service partners: partner power in action

IPfolio customer

Networking break and expert’s corner
Ask the IPfolio experts

Rupert Mayer, CEO; Mark Bullard COO; Kevin Nugent, VP Customer Success; Heather Fleener, VP Solution Delivery

IPfolio roadmap: powerful features on their way

Rupert Mayer, CEO; Kevin Nugent, VP Customer Success

6:00pm End
7:00pm Customer,speaker & partner’s dinner (Marriott)

Silicon Valley Conference Location

The San Mateo Marriott is a modern, premium location for IPforward 2018 with superior meeting spaces, catering and facilities.

Every year IPforward explores the cutting edge of IP strategy, tactics and operations – always with a practical feel. Join us in April!

Our Guest Partner Sponsors

Next year a select group of valued service provider partners of IPfolio are also guest sponsors of IPforward 2018. These incluide EIP law firm, SimpleLegal and ipan.