I am headed for a few days of chilly weather in Hamburg, where IPfolio is an exhibitor at the European Patent Office's (EPO) patent information conference. A brilliant autumn day in Berkeley with a tranquil, deep-blue San Francisco Bay and temperatures above 70F didn't make it easy to trade in the California sunshine against the rougher seasonal conditions in Northern Germany. Still, going back home to Europe always fills me with positive excitement, particularly as I'm looking forward to meeting up with many old friends at this annual IP industry get-together.
This week, San Francisco has been home to the largest vendor-led technology event of all times: Salesforce.com reportedly attracted more than 90,000 registrants to the tenth edition of their annual Dreamforce conference.
In the wake of last summer's now-famous Nortel patent auction, such auctions are increasingly eliciting bold speculation and anticipation, becoming mainstream news. Kodak is the next large name to launch a high stakes auction, to liquidate their bankruptcy-facing company of some 1,100 patents. August 8th, 2012 is the set auction date, and opening bids kick off today.
This week brings yet another reason we're proud to be based in the Bay Area: proximity to great events such as this week's ICAP Patent Brokerage & Patent Litigation Symposium, and the ICAP Ocean Tomo Auction, taking in place at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on July 26th.