John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, offered a course on invention in Boston. The Applied Creativity Training for Invention Course was a one-day program that focused first on learning and then on leveraging the fundamentals of thinking, e.g., associative thinking, continuous improvement thinking, and divergent and convergent thinking. The course focused on fundamentals of creativity and invention and then lead into the derivation of an invention process. The course demonstrated more than 25 thinking tools with examples related to your technology and involves some class participation for demonstration purposes.
Participants learned the results of 30 years of continual practice of Applied Creativity for Invention taught successfully at hundreds of companies.
Form more information, see the Applied Creativity Training for Invention brochure.
The 2017 Thought Leadership Conference hosted by ipCapital Group was held on May 10-11, 2017 at the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa.
Business, technical, and legal professionals gathered to discuss the external environment, share IP strategy best practices, and collaborate on issues unique to innovation and intellectual property. Unlike other conferences, TLC was held in an intimate setting in which thought leaders may freely confer and collaborate. The interactive peer-to-peer format of seminar-style presentations provided great relationship-building and networking opportunities between facilitators and attendees.
Managing Partner Nancy Cronin, was a highlighted speaker at the Smart Energy Summit in Austin Texas. This year's topic was "Engaging the Consumer" and focused on the new cross-industry opportunities in the expanding market for energy solutions as they evolve within the smart home and consumer-based Internet of Things. Areas of discussion included:
ipCapital Group also be joined both State Farm and Mivatek as break sponsors for the event. See the Smart Energy press release on the Summit.
Adam Bulakowski and Bill Petrow will spoke at the R&D 100 Conference, the pinnacle for all things R&D. The conference is the place where today's top innovators in the R&D community come together to meet, greet, learn and inspire one another. Adam and Bill presented "Emerging IP Trends for Robotics and Automation". The robotics and automation industry is being driven by technological changes in areas such as cloud computing, machine learning, and mobile solutions. A framework of key technology areas within robotics and automation was presented. Based on a sample analysis of the IP activity across these areas, various insights are derived to inform an IP strategy. This framework can also be used as a tool to inform innovation.
John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairmana, spoke at the Internet of Things Summit on September 8th-9th, 2016 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. This summit gathered the world's most dynamic practitioners working to create a more connected world. Estimates put the number of devices in the Internet of Things at 25 Billion by 2020. Thought-leaders and industry experts discussed how they are looking to create a smarter and more interconnected world. IoT has already emerged as one of 2016's hottest topics!
John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, spoke at the Wearable Tech in Sport Summit on August 24th, 2016 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco. The sports & fitness industry is going through a period of massive change; wearable technology, mobile fitness and the quantified self movement are opening up a range of new possibilities and innovations. This summit gathered the world's experts and leaders in the field of wearable technology, fitness, performance, wellness and insight.
John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, and Nagesh Kadaba, Senior Advisor, spoke at the ISCEA Supply Chain Technology Conference and EXPO held on July 19, 2016 - July 21, 2016, at NAVY PIER, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA. The SCTECH was an annual gathering of supply chain, operations, engineering, and financial professionals coming together to share cutting edge technologies and best practices focusing on efficiency and profitability.
For more information, please see the event's web site.
Nancy Edwards Cronin, Managing Partner, spoke at the Continental Automated Buildings Association's next Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum in San Diego, CA. Kevin Petersen, President of AT&T Digital Life, James Carlini, Author and Paul Campbell, VP Innovation, Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Schneider Electric were keynote speakers. They joined over 50 confirmed thought leaders and speakers from organizations such as Cisco Systems, Schneider Electric, SCE, IBM, Philips, Intel, Sprint and others.
John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, spoke at the 3rd Annual Open Innovation conference on April 5th, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. The key topics were: facilitating open innovation; utilizing licensing as a tool for accelerating innovation; mechanisms of IPR; global patent protection and prosecution; and post-issuance proceedings.
Adam Bulakowski, Principal Partner, spoke on March 31st at the University of Connecticut with Doug Roth of Connecticut Innovations as distinguished guest lecturers in the Experiential Technology Entrepreneurship course. In the series, graduate students form student/faculty-led business enterprises through direct research funding (Gap Funds) based on proof-of-principle, intellectual property strength, commercialization potential, competitive advantage, and strength of their innovation.
This Summit provided participants with a comprehensive look at the Innovation Body of Knowledge for product strategy, marketing, R&D, development, and commercialization functions. There was an emphasis on top management enablers and techniques that create and embed systematic corporate innovation. Primary and secondary industry research on innovation tools, techniques, and metrics were employed throughout the Summit.
John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, will speak at the 3D Printing-Additive Manufacturing: Fabricating Materials into Traditional & Complex Objects conference on March 23rd, 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel at Biscayne Bay Miami, Florida. The conference theme is that "3D Printing has begun reshaping the manufacturing base and promises to be the 21st Century's industrial revolution. In short, it can deliver "Real-Life Objects" FASTER, CHEAPER, and more importantly, ON-DEMAND. Major impacts on industrial Manufacturing & Productivity are to be realized as the prototypes can be rapidly fabricated and perfected without tooling limitations or wastage of materials and manpower."
Nagesh Kadaba, Senior Advisor, will speak at the Postal Vision 2020 6.0 Conference on March 15th, 2016 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Pentagon City, VA. The conference will bring together global industry leaders, visionaries, regulators, innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs and supply chain experts to engage in the ongoing exploration of the needs of Americans in a future postal system to support the growth of business and ecommerce.
Nancy Edwards Cronin, Managing Partner, spoke at the Autonomous Cars - Silicon Valley Conference Summit on February 24th, 2016 at the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California. Nancy's talk, Staying Ahead of Innovation: Creating a Predictive Patent Portfolio, focused on:
John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, spoke at the Mobile Payment Innovations Summit on February 10th, 2016 at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes. The mobile payment ecosystem is evolving into clusters of winners building beachheads across multiple industries. However, a handful of powerful disruptors aiming to dominate a lion's share of the market are also emerging. For the 9th Mobile Payment Innovation Summit, they presented the definitive perspective for major players, with a special focus on banks, and the financial institutions of the ecosystem.
John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, spoke at the Big Data Innovation Summit on January 28th, 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas on the complex role of innovation and intellectual property in Big Data. In this talk, he provided an analysis of the current patent landscape of the Big Data space including recent changes in the patent system that make obtaining patent protection in the Big Data Space uniquely challenging.
John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, spoke at the Chief Innovation Officer Summit on December 8th at The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. The Chief Innovation Officer Summit brings together thought leaders from the world's most respected companies, creating an open forum for discussion. Spanning across industries, it provides varying approaches to opportunities and challenges that are ultimately common within the innovation function. From exploratory case studies to panel sessions and open discussions, the summit is a forum for the most influential and driven practitioners to walk away with truly valuable contacts and insights.
Centric welcomed Justin Kunz, Senior Manager, to their December Innovation Lunch to discuss the State of Indiana Innovation. Questions answered were: How does Indiana rank against other comparable states? How does Indianapolis rank against other comparable metros? How innovative are we? Thanks to those who join Centric as they discussed Indiana innovation through the lens of patent research. Also discussed were the state's top innovators and "emerging" innovators, positing: Do any innovations from the past year stand out as being particularly innovative and if so, what are they?
Adam Bulakowski, Director, spoke on November 11 at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth with Professor Alva Taylor on Business Strategy in Turbulent Environments. The discussion focused on open innovation, particularly improving returns on internal R&D through spin-off ventures, ecosystem development, and IP monetization.
John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, spoke on November 10 at the Sensors Global Summit in La Jolla, CA. The summit focused on emerging technological innovations enabled by next generation sensors and how they will define the landscape for the future commercialization of life changing products. The exponential growth of the sensors market and the demand for next generation integrated systems is expected to reach $85 billion by 2020. The international faculty of key industry and academic leaders presented the latest technological advancements of real-world applications within three sensor application tracks: Biosensors, Sensor Power, and Sensor R&D. Mr. Cronin's talk focused on "Using Invention, Innovation and It's Resulting IP to create Value as You Develop Sensors".
Nancy Cronin facilitated an innovation workshop at the 8th Annual NLS Food Evolution Summit in San Antonio, Texas. This event provided networking, education and discussion opportunities to executives in New Product Development (NPD), Research and Development (R & D), Innovation and many other related fields within the food industry.
As part of the workshop, an anonymous survey of the attendees was conducted to collect information on the top innovation challenges and opportunities within the food and beverage industry. The survey results were presented onsite, and were used to shape the workshop content. A summary of the survey information will be made available via a white paper written by ipCapital Group. Please contact Nancy Cronin if you would like further information.
Former Deputy General Counsel of IP and Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation, Marshall Phelps hosted Bloomberg BNA's first-ever series of educational events on how business leaders can develop more successful innovation strategies for their companies.
The inaugural event in the new "Innovation Excellence" series took place on June 11th, from 6-9 pm, at Bloomberg BNA's New York City headquarters and was recorded for viewing on the Bloomberg BNA web site. Joining host Marshall Phelps were guest speakers Brian Hinman, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Netherlands-based health and well being company Royal Philips, and David Kappos, former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the Patent Office from 2009 to 2013. More information can be found here: http://www.bna.com/InnovationExcellence/
The IP industry, which is traditionally very conservative in nature, is currently experiencing a significant sea change requiring all companies to re-examine their IP strategies. This theme formed the basis of ipCapital Group's 12th IP thought leadership conference, which we held on Thursday, April 30 in Burlington, Vermont. Business, technical & legal professionals from various organizations gathered in downtown Burlington to discuss the external environment, share IP strategy best practices, and obtain continuing legal education (CLE) credit. After facilitators provided introductions to specific topics, the group engaged in roundtable discussion to offer unique perspectives and solutions to key issues.
For the 2015 conference agenda, please see: http://www.ipcg.com/thoughtleadership/ipCG_Conference_Agenda.pdf
Impact of Alice on IP Strategy (Roundtable Discussion)
Jeff Goodwin, Senior Associate, had the privilege of sitting on a roundtable discussion at Innography's Insight conference. The roundtable panel also included:
The diverse backgrounds of the panel provided for three varied perspectives of how the "Alice decision" (Alice) has impacted the IP industry.
Based on his experience at ipCG since the Alice decision, Jeff provided a business view on the impact Alice has had on a company's IP and IP strategy. He tackled a number of Alice related question such as:
In concluding the discussion, the panel agreed on at least one overarching theme: while Alice and other factors in the IP industry have created uncertainty for the future of IP strategies, there are a number of proactive changes companies can make during these turbulent times. See our Alice ProofingSM service and related article for more on what your company can do.
Adam Bulakowski, Director and Bill Petrow, Senior Manager, were guest speakers at the 12th R&D-Product Development Innovation Summit, April 7-9, 2015 in Boston, MA. The data-driven seminar and workshop aimed to improve an executive's ability to direct and manage innovation and intellectual property.
The 2013 ipCG Thought Leadership Conference focused on the rapidly growing importance of IP as a unique and separate asset class and integrates the latest thinking on how to maximize ROI from the use of IP.
The Thought Leadership Conference examined:
ipCG Director Jed Cahill facilitated an interactive session at Frost & Sullivan's GIL 2013: Silicon Valley at 9:20am on September 11, 2013. The session entitled "Intellectual Property: Strategic Assets and Intelligence" explored how to develop and execute an IP strategy that is informed by competitive intelligence and aligned with business objectives.
Nancy Edwards Cronin, Partner, headed this panel focused on how to harness disruptive technologies and find success in the Digital Age. What makes a disruptive technology more difficult to handle? What factors contribute to making a profit? How does intellectual property protection play into the path to profit? The panelists discussed lessons learned, and gave their opinions on the role of disruptive technologies as an innovation driver, how media and entertainment companies react to disruption, what makes winners or losers, and how the adoption lifecycle affects the bottom line. More info.