2018 Intellectual Property Strategy Conference (Osaka Institute of Technology)

2018 Intellectual Property Strategy Conference
Co-sponsored by Unified Patents, Kyoto University and Osaka Institute of Technology

Monday, May 14, 2018
Osaka Institute of Technology, Josho Hall
Uneda Campus
1-45 Chayamachi, Kita-Ku, Osaka, Japan
Access to the Umeda Campus


  • Website:  http://ipaex.com/ipsc2018/en/
  • Registration:  http://ipaex.com/ipsc2018/en/form/
  • Cost:  Free / Capacity:  500
  • Contact:  Chiaki Tomishima (chiaki@unifiedpatents.com)
  • Intended Audience:  Corporate IP, R&D finance professionals. Academic and research institutional professionals. Students. Service providers are all waitlisted and permitted to attend based on final capacity unless they are sponsors or speaker’s guests.


Unified Patents, Kyoto University and Osaka Institute of Technology co-host the 2nd Annual IP Strategy Conference in Asia on May 14, 2018 at the Graduate School of Intellectual Property of Osaka Institute of Technology.

Join over 300 academic and in-house business and IP professionals and discuss enhanced academia-industry collaboration, best practices of intellectual property and business strategies as well as the latest developments of standard essential patent pools. Speakers include top global in-house intellectual property executives from academia, corporate and law firms.

We welcome participation in this event from professionals in companies, universities and research institutions, as well as students. The conference will be held in Japanese and English with simultaneous interpretation.

This is an admission free non-profit event. We encourage your early registration due to limited seat availability.

Please contact event coordinator (Email: chiaki@unifiedpatents.com) should you have any questions.

Kyoto University
Office of Society-Academia Collaboration
Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501 Japan

Osaka Institute of Technology
Graduate School of Intellectual Property
5-16-1 Omiya, Asahi Ward, Osaka City,

Unified Patents
2 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113



  • Registration and Coffee


  • Welcome
  • Hisao Yamasaki, Professor, Graduate School of Intellectual Property, OIT | Office of Society-Academia Collaboration, Kyoto University


  • Opening Remark
  • Akihiro Kobayashi, Dean, Professor, Graduate School of Intellectual Property, Osaka Institute of Technology


  • Keynote Speech
    Kenichi Nagasawa, Managing Executive Officer and Group Executive, Corporate IP and Legal, Canon


  • Networking Coffee Break


  • Panel Session 1 “Next Stage of Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration”- Utilization of universities and other research institutions as a promising option for corporate business development”

    Under the Japanese Government’s “Growth Strategy 2017”, to achieve social challenges by incorporating the innovations of the fourth industrial revolution (e.g., IoT, big data, AI, robot and sharing economy), we are enhancing industry-government-academia collaboration and trying to triple corporate investment for universities and public research institutions by 2025. In this session, we discuss the roles of universities and other research institutions that are powerful outsourcing options for corporate R&D. Also discuss consultation services which enables timely matching between corporate needs and institutional resource, as well as the most recent international collaborations. Some points which will be discussed:

    • Near future applied research vs Long-term future basic research – Research that companies want to invest
    • Methods and issues for matching company needs and research tasks
    • Recent initiatives implemented both in France and Japan to foster public-private cooperation.
    • Consulting services of technology transfer to private sector
    • Research consulting function required for universities and public research institutions
  • Moderator: TBD
  • Speakers:
    • Yasuhiro Ashihara, Professor, General Manager, Intellectual Property, Head of Society-Academia Collaboration for Innovation Director’s Office, Kyoto University
    • Louis Avigdor, Partnership and Technology Transfer Adviser, CNRS Tokyo Office French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
    • Kiyoyuki Shimizu, Deputy Director-General, AIST Chubu, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
    • Jun Sugiura,Professor, Graduate School of Intellectual Property, Osaka Institute of Technology


  • Lunch Break


  • Panel Session 2 “Evolving Corporate IP Management – Defensive Options”

    Corporate IP has changed significantly over the last several years. Learn how corporate IP leaders are maneuvering in this environment to ensure their companies future success. Some points which will be discussed:

    • What are the biggest changes effecting the patent market
    • Are companies seeing more selling or buying patent asset, and if so how to defend business
    • Which technologies are they most concerned about in the future and how has that effected strategy
    • Are there cost effective ways to ensure rational defense form patent assertions
    • What to do when you don’t need so many patents, what are the options

  • Moderator: Lionel M. Lavenue, Partner‪, ‬Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Panelists:
    • Daniel McCurdy, CEO, Provenance Asset Group LLC
    • Tomo Okuwaki, Senior General Manager, Intellectual Property, SONY Corporation


  • Keynote Speech – How to use Big Data to Support Patent Lifecycle Operation
    Zhiwei Xie, CEO, ScienBizIP


  • Networking Coffee Break


  • Keynote Speech – AI enabled Standard Essential Patent landscaping HEVC and LTE patents – Reasonable royalties for standard related patents
    Kevin Jakel, Founder & CEO, Unified Patents


  • Panel Session 3 “SEP Pools and Patent Quality- How do they affect technology adoption”

    As technology standards continue to increase in use and importance, changes have occurred in the parties which develop them. In the past, companies which developed the standards also implemented them. Now, many of the companies which create them and patent are not the ones that use them. Standard Essential Patents (SEP) and Patent Pools are several of the ways organizations are now using to manage this change. Points which will be discussed include:

    • What are SEP and Patent Pools.
    • Considerations companies should make when implementing standards
    • Ways to reduce the risk and price of implementing
    • Whether to participate in Pools
    • What is FRAND and how to calculate a fair price.

  • Moderator: Hiroyuki Hagiwara, Partner, Litigation, Paul Hastings
  • Panelists:
    • Shawn Ambwani, Co-Founder & COO, Unified Patents
    • Yoshihiro Endo (Manager, Intellectual Property and Standardization Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.)
    • Shoei Imai, Executive Director& General Manager, Intellectual Property, Fujifilm
    • Peter J. Moller, Chief Executive Officer, HEVC Advance LLC