New York, NY – Duff & Phelps, the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients, today announced that it will host its fifth annual IP Value Summit on November 28-29, 2018, at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA. As with prior years, the 2018 Summit will bring together corporate executives, attorneys, investors and other experts to discuss intellectual property best practices, case studies, challenges and opportunities.

The 2018 IP Value Summit will specifically focus on how disruptive technologies, such as cryptocurrency and blockchain, are altering the IP landscape across all industries. Related topics of interest will include the increasing globalization of intellectual property strategy and monetization; the benefits and tradeoffs of different forms of intellectual property; issues related to the valuation and taxation of the digitized economy; surveying of recent decisions in patent, copyright and trade secret litigation; and the impact of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on IP tax planning.

“We are looking forward to hosting our fifth annual IP Value Summit – a unique event that is greatly enhanced by the diversity of thinking from our distinguished clients and industry peers,” said Chris Bakewell, Duff & Phelps Global Head of Intellectual Property Advisory Services. “Our goal is to bring together experts to discuss the latest issues impacting intellectual property from all perspectives, and our programming and panelists are ideally positioned to do so.”

In addition to the keynote speakers identified below, the two-day program is formally structured around strategies for optimizing IP across three areas: Valuation and M&A, Tax and Transfer Pricing and Litigation and Licensing.

Keynote speakers include the following: 

  • Opening Keynote: Jonathan “Jon” Wood currently serves as the executive director of innovation and collaboration at Bridgestone Americas Inc. He is responsible for championing the company’s innovation efforts while forging and maintaining relationships with universities, industry researchers, think tanks, inventors and entrepreneurs to identify new product and market opportunities. Mr. Wood previously served as chief intellectual property counsel at Bridgestone Americas, senior counsel of intellectual property for Eastman Chemical Co. in Kingsport, Tennessee and an associate at the law firm of Workman, Nydegger in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Closing Keynote: Stephen Lee, Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property, Target Corporation, has been with Target for nearly 15 years, where his practice has covered the entire spectrum of IP matters. For the eight years prior to joining Target, Mr. Lee practiced law as a partner at Fish & Richardson and as an associate at Faegre & Benson, both in Minneapolis. In private practice, he covered all aspects of intellectual property, including portfolio maintenance, litigation, contract drafting and negotiation, and strategy and counseling.

For additional information about the Duff & Phelps 2018 IP Value Summit and to register, click here.

Registration is complimentary and CPE and CLE credits will be provided.

To join the discussion, please visit the Duff & Phelps IP Value Summit group on LinkedIn.

About Duff & Phelps
Duff & Phelps is the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients in the areas of valuation, corporate finance, investigations, disputes, cyber security, compliance and regulatory matters, and other governance-related issues. We work with clients across diverse sectors, mitigating risk to assets, operations and people. With Duff & Phelps, a division of Duff & Phelps since 2018, our firm has nearly 3,500 professionals in 28 countries around the world. For more information, visit

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