ICAP Ocean Tomo IP Think Tank Conference to Host Plenary Speaker Pascal Levensohn: America's Slipping Global Competitiveness - Implications for the Value of IP

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ICAP Ocean Tomo, the intellectual property brokerage division of ICAP plc (IAP.L), today announced Pascal Levensohn as a plenary speaker for the upcoming IP Think Tank event on March 24-25, 2010, in San Francisco, California. The event combines a day and a half IP Think Tank conference, a Gala Dinner, and a Live IP Auction on the afternoon of March 25.

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Innovation doesn't stop due to economic troubles, but it does move away from environments that do not nurture or protect entrepreneurs

ICAP Ocean Tomo, the intellectual property brokerage division of ICAP plc (IAP.L), today announced Pascal Levensohn as a plenary speaker for the upcoming IP Think Tank event on March 24-25, 2010, in San Francisco, California. The event combines a day and a half IP Think Tank conference, a Gala Dinner, and a Live IP Auction on the afternoon of March 25.

“Innovation doesn’t stop due to economic troubles, but it does move away from environments that do not nurture or protect entrepreneurs,” says Levensohn, founder and Managing Partner of Levensohn Venture Partners. “America is late to recognize that the new rules of the game place U.S. entrepreneurs at a disadvantage compared to increasingly aggressive international competitors.”

Levensohn’s presentation, America’s Slipping Global Competitiveness, addresses the root causes of America’s current competitive challenges as they relate to intellectual property issues, and points to possible future outcomes to be heavily influenced by the resolution of pending public policy debates.

Mr. Levensohn is a frequent speaker on topics including venture capital, equity capital markets, and innovation issues. He is the author of three widely-read white papers on best governance practices, and numerous articles on venture capital trends.

“We are pleased to include Pascal Levensohn as one of our keynote speakers at our upcoming IP Think Tank conference,” says Dean Becker of ICAP Ocean Tomo. “America’s innovation may be at risk. Mr. Levensohn’s presentation will provide a unique point of view as to how entrepreneurs can manage risk in order to protect the value of their intellectual property amidst the ever-changing global marketplace.”

The IP Think Tank sessions feature thirty, by invitation, thought leaders participating in the following tracks: Track A: Investment in IP – Why investors find IP attractive; Track B: The Growing Intangible Asset Marketplace – Looking beyond IP to other emerging intangible assets; Track C: Developing a National Intellectual Property Economic Infrastructure; and Track D: IP Nation – Economic Development through IP.

To register to attend the ICAP Ocean Tomo IP Think Tank & Auction, please visit, https://www.regonline.com/icap_ocean_tomo_ip_think_tank_live_auction. The ICAP Ocean Tomo IP Think Tank Conference is not affiliated with the blog IP Think Tank managed by the IP Strategy firm, Duncan Bucknell Company.

About ICAP Ocean Tomo LLC
ICAP Ocean Tomo is the intellectual property brokerage division of ICAP.

About ICAP
ICAP is the world's premier interdealer broker and provider of post trade services. The Group matches buyers and sellers in the wholesale markets in interest rates, credit, commodities, foreign exchange, emerging markets, equities and equity derivatives through voice and electronic networks. ICAP is also the source of global market information and research for professionals in the international financial markets. ICAP plc was added to the FTSE 100 Index on 30 June 2006. For more information go to http://www.icap.com.

About Pascal Levensohn
Mr. Levensohn has been a finance professional for twenty-nine years, and a venture capitalist since 1996, when he founded Levensohn Venture Partners (“LVP”) in San Francisco. LVP focuses on early stage investments in Intelligent Infrastructure, specializing in the Security, Cleantech (Green IT), and Digital Media sectors. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of both ShotSpotter and Consolidated IP Holdings, Inc., and serves on the boards of Veraz Networks, Ubicom, and Akros Silicon.

Pascal was elected to the board of the National Venture Capital Association in April 2007, where he chairs the education committee. Pascal received a BA in Government from Harvard University, and is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Pascal writes about current affairs and venture capital on his blog Pascal’s View.

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