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

IPforward 2017 is free for in house IP counsel and IP professionals but space is limited.

Hear and meet in-house IP leaders from ExpediaFacebook, Google, GoProHuawei, IDT, Johnson Batteries, LinkedIn, Knowles Electronics, Seagate, Square, Titan Medical, Uber, Waymo, Workday, X ‘the Moonshot Factory’ and Zynga as they discuss topics with a practical focus concerning:

“Excellence in IP Strategy, Tactics & Operations”

Voices from last year’s conference:

“…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.”


Our third annual IPforward conference will be held on April 13, 2017 at the Pullman (formerly Sofitel) Hotel, Menlo Park/Redwood City CA located across the lagoon from the Oracle campus.

If you are in-house IP counsel or an in-house 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 profesionals but space is very limited. IPforward is designed to have a personal, collegial atmosphere so only 120 spaces are available for attendees.


Speakers and panelists already confirmed for IPforward 2017 are IP thought leaders, expert practioners and operations professionals:

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Jennifer Ennis Bollen
Senior IP Paralegal
Jasminder Brar
Director, IP & IP Counsel
Titan Medical Inc.
Renee DuBord Brown
Deputy General Counsel, IP
Knowles Electronics
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Ashley Eadon
Data Scientist
Bruce Elder
Legal Director & Head of IP
Liza Garibaldi
Lead Trademark Paralegal
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Scott Heileson
Head of Intellectual Property
X – The Moonshot Factory
Nigel Hsu
Director, Legal Operations
Teddy Joe
Senior Counsel, IP and Product
Lonnie G. Johnson Diane Gabl Kratz Diane Lau
Lonnie G. Johnson
Johnson Batteries Inc.
Diane Gabl Kratz
Senior IP Attorney
Seagate Technology
Diane Lau
IP Paralegal
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Heather McCann
Lisa McFall
Deputy General Counsel IP
Workday Inc.
Katherine McGowan
Global Trademark Counsel
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Michael Meehan
Director, Intellectual Property
Tao Zhang
Senior Director, IP Strategy
Huawei Device US

This year’s special guest speaker: Lonnie G. Johnson. Renowned innovator, inventor and holder of over 100 patents, the vast majority of which are energy related, Dr. Johnson is perhaps best known as the inventor of the Super Soaker water gun.

A leading developer of the next two generations of battery technology, Ceramic Solid State Batteries and Lithium-Air batteries, he was awarded the “Breakthrough Award” from Popular Mechanics magazine for an invention that converts heat directly into electricity and is a TED alumnus.


We are developing a world-class agenda below.

8:00am Networking Breakfast
9:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Rupert Mayer, IPfolio
9:15am An American Inventor Dream – from the Super Soaker to Solving the World’s Energy Problems
Opening Keynote by Lonnie Johnson, Johnson Batteries
10:00am Patent Valuation – New Frontiers, New Challenges
IP Strategy Keynote by Tao Zhang, Huawei Device USA 
10:30am Energizing Break
11:00am The Art and Science of Creating IP Value 
Lisa McFall, Workday; Jasminder Brar, Titan Medical; Scott Heileson, X; Teddy Joe, Zynga; and Diane Kratz, Seagate Technologies
11:45pm Global IP Strategy – Effective Protection around the World
Heather McCann, EIP; Renee DuBord Brown, Knowles Electronics; Bruce Elder, IDT; and Michael Meehan, Uber
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Critical Lessons from Managing Global Brands
Liza Garibaldi, Facebook; Jennifer Ennis Bollen, Expedia; Diane Lau, GoPro; and Kat McGowan, Linkedin
2:15pm Data-driven IP Management
Ashley Eadon, Google, and Nigel Hsu, Waymo
3:00pm Energizing Break
3:30pm IPfolio and the Future of IP Management: The Next 5 Years 
Rupert Mayer, IPfolio
4:30pm Cocktail & Hors d’Oeuvres Reception

Who Can Attend

The conference is free for in-house IP counsel and IP profesionals but space is very limited. Only 120 spaces are available. A small number of slots for outside counsel or IP professionals are available on a fee paying basis.

NEW! IPfolio User Group Meeting April 12, 2017, Pullman Hotel

On the afternoon of April 12 prior to the the IPforward conference, customers and partners of IPfolio are invited to our first annual User Group meeting.

The meeting will explore exciting new capabilities in IPfolio’s advanced IP management software, provide an opportunity to build skills, share tips, network with other IPfolio customers and provide customer feedback to the IPfolio team about features and service.

An “expert’s corner” will provide work stations with the tool manned by our customer success heros 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 IPfolio partners. Refreshments and snacks will be available all afternoon.

Agenda – IPfolio User Group Meeting on April 12

1:30pm Get-together Coffee & Snacks
2:00pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
Rupert Mayer, IPfolio
2:15pm New Features, Tips & Tricks in and around IPfolio
Kevin Nugent, VP of Customer Success, IPfolio & Team
3:00pm Customer Best Practices
IPfolio customers will present unique reports, dashboards, processes, etc. 
3:45pm Networking Break
4:30pm IPfolio as a Platform: Additional Power through Integrations 
IPfolio Team with guest speakers from our partners ipan and SimpleLegal
5:15pm Open Session: customer needs, feedback and improvements
Make your voice heard and help shape IPfolio’s product roadmap!
6:00pm End of User Group Meeting
7:00pm Customer & Partners Dinner (Pullman/Sofitel) 

Silicon Valley Conference Location

Set in the heart of Silicon Valley the Pullman (formerly Sofitel) Hotel, Redwood City/Menlo Park is a modern, premium location for IPforward 2017 with superior meeting spaces, catering and facilities. The hotel sits on the lagooon across from the famous Oracle campus.

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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

This year a select group of valued service provider partners of IPfolio are also guest sponsors of IPforward 2017. These are: EIP law firm, SimpleLegal and ipan.

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