SOURCE: Moen Incorporated

October 18, 2007 08:00 ET

Strategic Intellectual Property Leadership Conference to Meet at Moen November 8-9, 2007

Fortune 500 Intellectual Property (IP) Professionals Share Best Practices

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - October 18, 2007) - ipPerformance Group, a leading IP Management consulting firm, will hold its ipLeadership Exchange to discuss and benchmark best practices of companies' methods for developing and managing an effective Intellectual Property strategy and expand on the results of its 2007 Patent Department Operations benchmark. This peer-to-peer meeting, which will have IP leaders from many Fortune 200 companies, will be hosted at Moen Incorporated's Headquarters in North Olmsted, OH on November 8 and 9th, 2007.

Fortune Brands (Moen's parent company) and Moen IP leaders will play a major role at the conference. Fortune Brands executive Chrysso Sarkos Sarris, Senior Counsel, and Lee Mercer, Moen's Director of Product Compliance, will be keynote speakers. Also leading discussions will be IP Leaders Sharon Grosh, IAM Director at 3M, and Bruce Shelkopf, Chief IP Counsel at Cummins.

"The objective of our benchmark meetings is to review and discuss practical methods and proven practices for Intellectual Property management which will lead companies to develop valuable inventions and a sustainable competitive advantage," according to Rob Williamson, President of ipPerformance Group.

"Moen believes that intellectual assets have played, and will continue to play, a critical role in moving our business forward. The Leadership conference represents an opportunity to discuss and share best practices with a diverse group of companies," said Mercer.

Some of the topics conference attendees will benchmark include:

--  Developing IP Strategy and Plan including Roles and Responsibilities
--  IP Management Tools... Beyond Docketing
--  Developing  and deploying an effective IP Training/Education Program
--  Developing and implementing an IP Performance Scorecard
--  Developing a IP Management Value Propositions

"By bringing the right people together from companies like Kimberly-Clark, 3M, Cummins, Kodak, Dow Chemical, Lubrizol and John Deere, and providing them with a framework for a more interactive dialogue with their peers, we expect participants will gain a renewed focus, a sense of urgency and more readily be able to apply what they learn to their jobs," says Williamson.

For more information about the conference, visit To request a copy of the benchmark IP Management Benchmark Report, visit To be notified about other IP Leadership events, e-mail:

Note to Editors: For conference photos, please contact Rob Williamson at (630) 836-8505.

About ipPerformance Group, Inc.

ipPerformance Group, Inc. ( is the leading Intellectual Property advisory. Drawing on the knowledge of over 250 intellectual property management benchmarks of the Global 1000 companies, we help our clients solve complex intellectual property business problems and measurably enhance their ability to build value, manage risk and improve performance in an intellectual property-driven world.

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