The Town Hall Meeting on IP Investments & Markets, scheduled for June 25-26 in Chicago, features the leading participants in the IP marketplace and seeks to help bridge the understanding gap between sources of capital in the finance and investment communities and the companies whose value is tied to their innovation as captured through their strong IP portfolios.
CHICAGO, IL May 21, 2013 - Ocean Tomo, LLC, the Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ firm, is presenting the event for the benefit of the Center for Applied Innovation, a non-for-profit organization focused on fostering efficient technology transfer. The planned Town Hall Meeting is believed to be the first-ever investment banking conference focused on intellectual property (IP).
According to James E. Malackowski, Ocean Tomo President and CEO, “the Chicago-based Center for Applied Innovation is playing an important role in facilitating senior level dialog between the investment community and companies whose value is closely tied to their intellectual property or IP. Given Chicago's history in developing IP markets, the Chicago based Center for Applied Innovation is the perfect host and we are thrilled to be the presenting sponsor." Malackowski noted that "the presentations and panel discussions taking place at this event are central to IP owners and investors today."
IP is emerging as a focal point for corporate boards, CEOs, investors and bankers as they seek new ways to realize value in a world that trends increasingly toward a global innovation economy. It is now clear that IP has emerged as a value differentiator in lending, buy-outs, activism, distressed and long/short investing. According to Ocean Tomo's head of Investments, Michael D. Friedman, “understanding the dynamics and context of IP valuation and strategy leads to corporate growth and investment opportunities that have not had strong historical visibility.” Challenges remain however as “unlike tangible asset classes where valuation can be readily done based on comparable assets or financial condition, IP valuation continues to be subjective and its exploitation will continue to require analysis that is not subject to commoditization," Friedman explained.
The conference is an industry leading, ground breaking event that will bring together foremost thinkers and practitioners in the emerging fields of IP asset management and investment banking as well as the executives responsible for their oversight. To learn more about the Town Hall event, visit
About Ocean Tomo
Established in 2003, Ocean Tomo, LLC, is the Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ firm providing an industry leading array of financial products and services related to intangible assets. Ocean Tomo offerings include expert testimony, valuation, strategy, research, ratings, investments, risk management and transactions. Ocean Tomo assists clients – corporations, law firms, governments and institutional investors – in realizing Intellectual Capital Equity® value broadly defined.
About Center for Applied Innovation
The Center for Applied Innovation (CAI) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization promoting intellectual property (IP) educational, public policy and assistance programs supporting commercial activity and economic growth through efficient development, use and exchange of IP rights. CAI was created at the suggestion of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office to support public policy and economic activity around applied technology and IP. All net proceeds from the conference registration and sponsorship will benefit the CAI’s annual Invent For Humanity Technology Transfer Exchange Fair held each January in Geneva, Switzerland.