The Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) is an interdisciplinary development center focused on knowledge-based business founded in 2000 through a collaboration of academia and industry. CIP promotes an international network, collaborating with leading persons and organizations from industry, academia, and government from around the world with the mission to transform knowledge into wealth and welfare.

The CIP FORUM is CIP’s flagship event where partners, colleagues, alumni, and invited guests gather to address the key industry, university, and policy challenges of the transformation to a knowledge economy. The event has been held on seven occasions since 2001 with the next event scheduled for December 7-11, 2020 (virtually) in Berkeley, CA. The focus of the event is on sharing innovative ideas, research, and practical experiences among global actors. A blend of theory and practice is employed to bridge the gap between strategy and policy and encourage critical reflection in a world where business and public policy are both in transition. The inclusion of local graduate students in the event allows the next generation to voice their opinions through the unfiltered lens of the beginner’s mind. A key goal of CIP FORUM is to transform the dialogue into action through new initiatives together with industry partners, academia, and policymakers that will be carried out and presented in the next event. This year's event will a mix of in-person and online sessions with the option of going completely online depending on the coronavirus situation.

CIP FORUM 2020 is the 20th anniversary of the founding of CIP, so the theme of “A Brave New World” was chosen to focus on the IP consequences of the technical, economic, and geopolitical developments over the last 20 years and the predictions for the next 20 years (20/20 vision if you will). This 20-year milestone offers a unique opportunity to critically reflect on how far we have come and where we are heading using a broader time horizon. The event will build on the main themes of transformation initiated in 2018, in particular:

1. Diversification (Societal Transformation) A focus on the state of development towards diversity and equality in the fields of IP, innovation, and entrepreneurship

2. Digitalization (Digital Transformation) A focus on the changing role of market collaboration and competition in an era of digital transformation

3. Globalization (Global Transformation) A focus on the increased geographical collaboration and competition in an era of global transformation

4. Institutionalization (IP System Transformation) A focus on the IP system as a core institution and its impact on innovation in an era of global, digital transformation

5. Professionalization (Professional transformation) A focus on the development of the IP profession in an era of global, digital transformation

The event will discuss challenges, trends, and specific management and policy issues that characterize the opportunities and threats of globalization of innovation and digital transformation for industry and policy-makers. These issues will be addressed through plenary, break-out, workshop, and roundtable sessions at different levels of focus, including policy, strategy, and operational levels. Participation is based both on invitation and fee-based participation, where the specific sessions are designed in collaboration with CIP partner organizations and board members as well as the key interests of the broader IP community. The goal of the event is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the past developments and future implications of the key globalization, digitalization, and diversification issues by leading global policymakers, executives, and experts in an open environment where all participants have an opportunity to partake in the dialogue. A specific effort will be made to make the 2020 event as inclusive as possible, engaging with all the stakeholders and collaborators that have helped to build CIP in the past 20 years.

Click here to download the final program from our previous events, CIP FORUM 2018 and CIP FORUM 2016.