Inventor to speak on licensing
Richard Levy, an independent inventor who has licensed more than 150 toys and games, including the interactive animatronic Furby, will be keynote speaker at the second annual Hawaii Intellectual Property Licensing Conference Oct. 20 at the Ala Moana Hotel.
What: The second annual Hawaii Intellectual Property Licensing Conference
When: Oct. 20
Where: Ala Moana Hotel
Additional info: Registration can be done online at www.iplicensingconference.com. The cost is $250 for the full day, including continental breakfast, lunch and a pau hana reception. Half-day attendance, either morning or afternoon, costs $150 and includes lunch starting at 12:30 p.m.
Levy, whose inventions have generated more than $1 billion, will conduct a "bring your questions" workshop on how to find, contact and negotiate with licensees.
The conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., also will feature speaker Henk Rogers, president and chief executive officer of Blue Planet Software Inc., who licenses intellectual rights to the "Tetris" video game and other popular video games.
Last year, he made $170 million doing licensing in Hawaii, according to the conference sponsors.
"Turning new technologies and creative ideas into profits" is the theme of the conference, which will focus on practical business models, marketing methods and licensing resources to help Hawaii entrepreneurs with selling or licensing technology inventions and creative ideas.
Participating in a panel will be Lawrence Udell, founder of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society; Victor Hwang, president of Larta Institute, a licensing management organization; and Joseph Yang, founder of Patentesque, a patent licensing consultancy. Yang is also co-chairman of the Advanced Licensing Seminar of the Practicing Law Institute on commercialization methods for intellectual property.
Workshops will be held on main industry areas for research and development in Hawaii, such as defense dual-use research, biotechnology and long-term research. A question-and-answer workshop is planned on licensing negotiations, and a panel on investing in research and development companies.
Also included will be exhibitors of licensing resource companies and organizations that can assist intellectual-property owners with licensing.
Sponsors are the High Technology Development Corp., the Intellectual Property and Technology section of the Hawaii State Bar Association and IBI Global Hawaii, with production by Technology News Network 7 Hawaii Pacific Entertainment.