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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 last event on December 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 was fully digital due to the coronavirus situation.

CIP FORUM 2020 was 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 offered a unique opportunity to critically reflect on how far we have come and where we are heading using a broader time horizon.