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Upcoming Dinner

August 30, 2018

Next stop in our popular educational series will be Cleveland, OH on August 30th. If you are an in-house professional and would like to RSVP, please email mitch.ahiers@ipfolio.com.


The IPforward Dinner & Discussion series provides a unique forum designed to contribute to thought leadership and professional development in intellectual property strategy, management and operations among the Silicon Valley and national in-house intellectual property community.

This invitation only event is an opportunity to brainstorm, share ideas, trends and network with colleagues in a relaxed small group forum, over great food and wine in a premium location.

Developed from our successful IPforward conferences, the small group, private dinners are held six times a year for senior, experienced in-house counsel and IP professionals only and are free.

Attendees and speakers have included leading in-house IP professionals from companies including:

  • Amgen
  • Cisco
  • Citrix
  • EloTouch
  • Facebook
  • Fairchild Semiconductor
  • Google
  • Hauwei
  • HGST
  • Huber
  • IBM
  • IDT
  • Knowles Electronics
  • Lattice
  • Marvell Semiconductor
  • Nokia
  • NXP
  • Oracle
  • Paypal
  • Quixey
  • Rovi
  • Seagate Technology
  • SolarCity
  • Square
  • Stripe
  • SRI
  • Sunpower
  • Technicolor
  • Tessera
  • Tesla
  • Texas Instruments
  • Thermofisher
  • TSMC
  • Uber
  • Verifone
  • Verily
  • Yahoo
  • Zeiss
  • Zoox

Critical topics discussed have included:

  • European IP regime in light of Brexit
  • Efficient patent prosecution
  • Ensuring patent quality
  • Patenting in China
  • IP and Cybersecurity
  • Effectively communicating and visualizing your patent portfolio’s value
  • Artificial neural networks: introduction, recap of relevant case law, and claiming strategies for protection
  • Strategically insane when to ignore conventional wisdom to win IP litigation

A volunteer in-house professional provides a short discussion lead keynote on a designated topic, before opening up to a moderated group discussion over dinner. A handout for the attendees is provided by the keynote speaker, but all discussions and contributions from the group are kept confidential and not reported on or published.

The dinners try to preserve a balance between deep substantive issues discussion and relaxed social networking and professional development.

Substance is all, there is no promotional segment for any sponsor, attendee or IPfolio as part of the dinner.

IPfolio sponsors the event as part of its long term commitment to the IP community, customers and non-customers alike. Having started in Silicon Valley, the dinners will now extend to cities nationally.

If you are an experienced in-house intellectual property professional who would like to attend an IPforward Dinner & Discussion or potentially lead a discussion on a topic please contact us.

Attendance does not imply any endorsement of any other attendee, company, host or sponsor. No records or publications of the discussion are made.

Past Dinners

San Jose, CA | June 7, 2018 | The Grill on the Alley

"The Intersection of Patents and Open Source Software: How to Teach Software Developers to Stop Worrying and to Love Patents"

Minneapolis, MN | April 26, 2018 | Cafe Lurcat | 6:30-9:00pm

"Leveraging Metrics to Maximize IP Portfolio Value"

Boston, MA | April 25, 2018

"Invention Capture & Management from an In-house Perspective"

Austin, TX  | March 27, 2018

"Invention Capture & Management from an In-house Perspective"

Silicon Valley, CA | November 24, 2017

"Strategically Insane: When to Ignore Conventional Wisdom to Win IP Litigation"