ICAP Ocean Tomo Announces IP Think Tank Track: Developing a National Intellectual Property Economic Infrastructure

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ICAP Ocean Tomo, the intellectual property brokerage division of ICAP plc (IAP.L), today announced one of four program tracks for the upcoming IP Think Tank event on March 24-25, 2010, in San Francisco, California. The tracks are focused on exploring the next generation of intellectual property (IP) development.

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The concept of developing a national IP infrastructure is extremely relevant and thought-provoking

ICAP Ocean Tomo, the intellectual property brokerage division of ICAP plc (IAP.L), today announced one of four program tracks for the upcoming IP Think Tank event on March 24-25, 2010, in San Francisco, California. The tracks are focused on exploring the next generation of intellectual property (IP) development.

“The concept of developing a national IP infrastructure is extremely relevant and thought-provoking,” says Dean Becker of ICAP Ocean Tomo. “Thought leaders from IP and corporate finance communities will benefit from discussing the components necessary for building such an infrastructure. They will be offering constructs for standards, patent ratings and trading to facilitate asset transactions and corporate liquidity.”

The panel is based on a Taskforce Report, Critical IP Issues Facing America: Issues Looking for Answers published by the Knowledge to Net Worth Press in September and authored by Jim Malackowski, BobShearer, and Dr. Vassilis Keramidas. Moderating the Developing a National IP Economic Infrastructure track is Bob Shearer, CEO, of the Center for Advanced Technologies. Mr. Shearer is also the coordinator, program director and creator of the National Knowledge & Intellectual Property Management Taskforce, a Texas-based non-profit corporation created to accelerate economic development through technological innovation.

“The focus of the panel is on the items that Jim Malackowski articulated in that report, but with a greater emphasis on issues to guide corporate and governmental efforts to create the foundation for IP transactions, public accounting, finance and public policy. The U.S. transition to a knowledge economy is all but complete, but lacking in a national systemic platform that can support IP based commerce,” states Mr. Shearer. This panel will focus on the key components, roles and motives necessary to build the national IP economic infrastructure and in so doing, establish the protocols for IP based commerce and their effects in corporate finance and IP and capital markets.

Three of the more significant goals of this Round-table are: (1) What are the real obstacles to acceptable patent ratings? (2) Why do the big companies resist trading? Is the market bifurcated between the big unconventional but high yield deals and the acceptable protocols to support trading? (3) Why haven’t our quasi-governmental organizations helped us with accounting standards can accommodate our valuation and reporting needs?

The National Knowledge & Intellectual Property Management Taskforce has earned national recognition as one of the more influential action-oriented non-profits in America, conducting joint research projects with the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the SEC on the effects of R&D on economic development.

The National IP Infrastructure track will follow ICAP Ocean Tomo’s well-received IP Think Tank conference model, beginning with panelist presentations on subject matter, including valuation standards, policy leadership, and standard contracts. The program then continues with a collaborative panel and audience discussion on the future of IP economic infrastructure development, wrapping up with a presentation of the session by moderator.

Other IP Think Tank program track topics include: Investment in IP – Why investors find IP attractive; The Growing Intangible Asset Marketplace; and IP Nation – Economic Development through IP.

To register to attend the ICAP Ocean Tomo IP Think Tank & Auction, please visit, http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=786168. Note: 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 the National Knowledge & Intellectual Property Management Taskforce
The Taskforce is a 12-year old performance-oriented consortium of industry, academic and governmental organizations collaborating to define the effects of Intangible Assets – Intellectual Property, Intellectual Capital and Human Capital – on the United States’ technological and economic growth at the corporate, national and international levels of competitive performance that are essential to America’s freedom and prosperity.

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