IPBC 2009

Platinum Sponsor

Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization.

Our Scientific knowledge and information is essential for drug companies to discover new drugs and get them to market faster, for researchers to find relevant papers and know what's newly published in their subject, and for businesses to optimize their intellectual property and find competitive intelligence. scientific.thomsonreuters.com.

Gold Sponsors

CRA International, with over 25 offices on four continents, is a leading global consulting firm that provides economic, financial, and business management expertise to law firms, industries, accounting firms, and governments. CRA's intellectual property practice focuses on litigation, valuation, transactions, strategy and intelligence relating to all types of IP including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. Our competition group provides economic analysis and testimony in landmark antitrust cases worldwide.

Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge offers a full array of legal services to clients worldwide. EAPD's mission is to create value by providing superior legal advice and business counsel that protects clients' interests and advances their goals. Intellectual Property is a significant area of strength for the Firm. With the continued expansion of our IP presence in Europe gives us one of the leading international trademark and brand protection practices best positioned to service clients in the prime markets of the US and Europe.

The Firm's lawyers are resident in eleven offices in Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Hartford, Madison (NJ), New York, Providence, Stamford, Washington D.C., Wilmington, West Palm Beach, London (UK) and an associated office in Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.eapdlaw.com.

With 375 intellectual property lawyers, Finnegan is one of the largest IP law firms in the world. From offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia, we work with leading corporations and innovators to protect, advocate, and leverage their most important IP assets. Our practice spans virtually every industry and technology. We handle all aspects of U.S. patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. We also represent clients on IP issues related to international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust, and unfair competition. For more information, please visit www.finnegan.com.

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP is one of the largest full-service intellectual property law firms in the United States, with offices in New York, Washington DC, and Silicon Valley. We provide our worldwide clients with litigation, prosecution, licensing and counseling services related to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, false advertising, antitrust and international trade. The firm's experience spans the business spectrum, technologies of today to innovations of tomorrow.
For more information, please visit www.kenyon.com.

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is an intellectual property law firm devoted to the needs of technology-driven companies. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups. We have extensive experience in all facets of intellectual property litigation, prosecution, and counseling.
Our unsurpassed legal and technical skills are coupled with our focus on clear communication to judges, juries, patent examiners, other lawyers and, most importantly, our clients. Our attorneys provide practical and understandable advice to clients worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.mbhb.com.

As one of the leading Intellectual Property practices in the United States, Perkins Coie represents client interests in a wide range of areas from patents, trademarks and copyrights to licensing, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation. Our clients range from Internet start-ups to international FORTUNE 100 corporations. They include technology businesses from such sectors as software, semiconductors, e-commerce, wireless communications, manufacturing, biotechnology and medical devices, as well as retailers, consumer product distributors and games companies. For more information, please visit www.perkinscoie.com.

Established in 1982, SISVEL has become one of the world's leaders in managing intellectual property and maximizing the value of patent rights. The Sisvel Group is global in scope and reach, with companies in Italy (Sisvel in None Torinese and Edico in Rome), the United States (Audio MPEG in Metropolitan Washington, DC), China (Sisvel Hong Kong), Japan (Sisvel Japan in Tokyo), and Germany (Sisvel Germany in Stuttgart), and with more than seventy professionals worldwide with technical, legal, and licensing expertise. SISVEL has a long history of managing successful patent portfolios including those related to the audio compression standards known as MP3 and MPEG Audio, and widespread technologies such as OSD (On Screen Display), ATSS (Automatic Tuning & Sorting System), and WSS (Wide Screen Signaling - for automatic switching of television image formats). Most recently SISVEL has been appointed as the administrator of the DVB-T patent pool related to the widely adopted terrestrial digital television broadcast standard. Additional information regarding Sisvel is available at www.sisvel.com.

Taylor Wessing is a leading full service law firm with 12 international offices based primarily in the three largest economies in Europe. A recognised market leader in intellectual property law and technology across Europe, we advise IP-rich businesses globally across the entire range of intellectual property rights including patents, trade marks, designs, domain names, and copyright whether through litigation, licensing, portfolio management, strategic or transactional advice. For market insights and further information, please visit www.taylorwessing.com/ipindex.

Silver Sponsor

Philips Intellectual Property & Standards (IP&S)
Philips IP&S proactively pursues the creation of new Intellectual Property (IP) in strategic areas and uses this IP to support the growth and competitiveness of Philips' businesses. IP&S manages the Philips IP portfolio, which currently consists of about 60,000 patent rights, 29,000 trademarks, 43,000 design rights and 2,000 domain name registrations. By participating in the creation of new standards, IP&S also facilitates market adoption of new innovations. Employing around 500 people, IP&S has a strong global presence with offices in the major countries, which allows it to create and exploit the Philips IP portfolio close to its internal and external customers.

Via Licensing Corporation develops and administers patent licensing programs on behalf of innovative technology companies and for the convenience of licensees. Via Licensing Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) and benefits from the expertise, infrastructure, and strategic business relationships that Dolby has developed in more than 35 years of licensing into the consumer electronics and personal computing markets. Via Licensing is involved in the development and operation of licensing programs for both mandated and de facto or emerging standards. For more information about Via Licensing Corporation, please visit www.vialicensing.com.

Bronze Sponsors

Chipworks is the recognized leader in reverse engineering and patent infringement analysis of semiconductors and electronic systems. The company's ability to analyze the circuitry and physical composition of these systems makes them a key partner in the success of the world's largest semiconductor and microelectronics companies. Intellectual property groups and their legal counsel trust Chipworks for success in patent licensing and litigation – earning hundreds of millions of dollars in patent licenses and saving as much in royalty payments. Headquartered in Canada, Chipworks maintains offices in the USA, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

GE (NYSE: GE) is Imagination at Work - a diversified technology, media and financial services company focused on solving some of the world's toughest problems. With products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power generation, water processing and security technology to medical imaging, business and consumer financing, and media content, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com.

Innography® delivers a Web-based, intellectual property business intelligence application that enables companies to better manage, protect and exploit their patent portfolios. By correlating patent data with financial, litigation and other key business information, Innography instantly generates a variety of unique visualizations so users can rapidly access and apply meaningful results when engaged in patent licensing, market analysis, competitive intelligence, invalidation, due diligence, freedom to operate and other IP-related activities. To learn more or to request an online product discovery session, visit www.innography.com or call 1.512.306.8688.

Marks & Clerk is a leading group of patent and trade mark attorneys with an associated UK firm of intellectual property lawyers. With an expanding global network of offices in Europe, Asia and North America, we provide a full range of integrated intellectual property services covering patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and domain names. Our attorneys have a wealth of experience advising clients worldwide across all industry sectors on IP protection, IP strategy and intellectual asset management. www.marks-clerk.com

Microsoft has one of the most valuable IP portfolios in the world and Microsoft's patent portfolio is recognized as one of the highest quality portfolios in any industry. The Patent Board, a leading independent provider of patent metrics, ranked Microsoft number one in their November 2007 Scorecard for the Information Technology (IT) industry. As well, the November 2007 issue of IEEE Spectrum, a publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), ranked Microsoft as the IP leader among all technology companies.

Microsoft believes IP is a driver of innovation, economic growth and competitiveness and launched its formal IP licensing program in December 2003 to open up access to its significant research and development investments and its growing, broad and valuable patent and IP portfolio. Since then the company has entered into more than 475 licensing agreements and continues to develop innovative licensing programs, making it possible for customers, partners and competitors of all sizes and from all geographies to access its IP portfolio.

Minesoft creates products and solutions at the forefront of today's patent information sector, such as PatBase, PatentArchive, PatentOrder, PatentTracker and Alert Management Solutions. A strong in-house development team customises solutions for in-house Alerting and Archive Systems, as well as continually developing new features for standard products like the searchable international, patent family, full-text PatBase Service and PatentOrder, Minesoft's extensive patent document delivery service. Minesoft clients are leading industrial corporations, national patent offices and attorneys worldwide.

Established in 2003, Ocean Tomo, LLC (www.OceanTomo.com) is the leading Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc® firm. The company provides financial products and services related to Intellectual Property financial & survey expert testimony, valuations, investments, risk management and transactions. Headquartered in Chicago, Ocean Tomo has offices in San Francisco, Palm Beach, Orange County, Greenwich and Washington, DC. Subsidiaries of Ocean Tomo include: Ocean Tomo Auctions, LLC; Ocean Tomo Federal Services, LLC; Ocean Tomo Asset Management, LLC; and Ocean Tomo Capital, LLC -- publisher of the Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index (NYSE Euronext: OTPAT), the Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Growth Index (NYSE Euronext: OTPATG) and the Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Value Index (NYSE Euronext: OTPATV).

Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG was established in 1992 by CEO Georg F. Papst. In 1993 the patent licensing firm bought the entire portfolio of Papst-Motoren GmbH & Co. KG, the company founded by Georg F. Papst's father Hermann Papst, and set out to take active action against patent infringements on the international level. The first 14 license agreements were signed as early as 1994. In the following years Papst Licensing gradually built up an international network of experts for enforcing infringed patents and know-how in court actions, especially in the USA. Today, Papst Licensing has over 140 license agreements with virtually all renowned companies in the IT and electronics and electrical engineering industry. Among the licensees are companies such as IBM, Sony, Toshiba, Fujitsu, JVC, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Samsung, Hitachi, BenQ, Canon, Pentax, Alcatel and Mitsubishi. Papst Licensing offers its expertise to patent owners facing patent infringement and willing to license their patents.

Parsa Wireless Communications is a global technical consulting firm at the forefront of intellectual property and innovation in the telecommunications field. Our team of Ph.D.s are internationally recognized experts in wireless and wire-line technologies and each have between 10 to 20 years of industry experience.
We provide services for leading telecom OEMs, carriers, software, semiconductor companies, tech start-ups, as well as, the investment and legal communities.

Parthys Patent Eagle performs customized patent searches to suit your requirements. We have multidisciplinary patent experts covering all areas of specialization who are proficient in analyzing patents and scientific information. Technology coverage includes chemical and biological sciences, commodity products and medical devices, electrical, electronics, communication and mechanical engineering. Very often ad hoc teams of professionals are formed to handle specific projects, each one handling the aspects within their technological area of expertise. Law firms, Corporations and Universities around the world benefit from our comprehensive search reports.

Patrix offers Patricia® - World Class IP Management Software.
Patricia® is available both as a Client/Server and as a Web product - or as a combination thereof. The choice is yours! Give your company a competitive edge with Patricia®, a sophisticated and easy-to-use software for the management of all IP types. Patricia is so much more than a docketing system - it is a fully equipped enterprise system built to manage all parts of your IP business. Patricia is ready to be used - a standard set-up is included, making the implementation easy, economical and time efficient. We also offer IP-services, such as renewal payments.

For over 30 years, Questel has been helping manage the world's most important IP portfolios. We offer a suite of leading-edge patent, trademark and design services to executives, researchers, and competitive intelligence professionals, and help turn their IP information into real value and enhance their organizations' competitiveness.

Known for having one of the most comprehensive collection of databases, we also provide a wide array of tools for searching, analyzing, visualizing, evaluating, sharing results, and ordering. http://www.questel.com/.

Semiconductor Insights (SI) is the leading technical advisor to the world's microelectronics community. SI supports its clients through the technical investigation of patents, integrated circuits and electronic systems. SI helps technology companies benchmark competing devices, improve time to market and solve technical problems while its IPinsights division helps technology companies and legal professionals evaluate, develop and monetize their intellectual property. Its global client base includes the major electronics and semiconductor corporations and the law firms that represent them. SI is a division of United Business Media plc (www.unitedbusinessmedia.com).

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox - Strategists and Advisors specializing in the protection, transfer and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. Founded in 1978 and based in Washington, D.C., the firm has over 130 IP attorneys, patent agents and technical specialists, many of whom have conducted research, commercialized it, and brought to market emerging technologies. The firms represents a broad range of clients, including emerging and established companies, venture capital firms, universities and select individuals.

TAEUS is an engineering firm that helps clients profit from their patent portfolios. Our roots are in reverse engineering of integrated circuits and other electronic systems to prove a patent's use in targeted products. Since 1992, TAEUS' service offerings have grown to include the full spectrum of intellectual property services. TAEUS is based in Colorado Springs, CO and has offices worldwide.

TransPerfect Translations is the world's leading intellectual property translation company. We have extensive experience providing language solutions to law firms and corporations alike. TransPerfect regularly translates technical patents for international stage filings in fields including chemistry, engineering, and pharmaceuticals. Further, our three step process- using a native speaker of the target language to translate, a second native speaker to edit and a third linguist to proofread your patents, provides for the highest quality translations possible. With offices worldwide, TransPerfect has the resources, expertise and language capability in 100+ languages to meet any deadline.

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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organisation serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practise in the legal departments of corporations, associations and other private-sector organisations around the globe. We promote the common interests of our members, contribute to their continuing education, help them succeed in their careers and provide a voice on issues of national and international importance. With over 24,000 members employed by more than 10,000 organisations in 80 countries, ACC connects its members to each other, and to the people and resources necessary for their personal and professional growth.

CIP is a development center at the intersection of industry and academia facilitating knowledge-based business. CIP's mission is to drive and facilitate the shift to a knowledge economy through the development of people, tools, infrastructure, and capital for the creation of wealth and welfare in the global knowledge economy. The CIP platform currently delivers world-class education, advanced interdisciplinary research and modern business development supported by its partners and international expert networks.

The European Patent Office (EPO) provides a uniform application procedure for individual inventors and companies seeking patent protection in up to 37 European countries. The mission of the EPO is to support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth for the benefit of the citizens of Europe. The Office's core activity is the examination of patent applications and the grant of European patents. Other activities include the provision of patent information and training services.

The Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) at the US Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to championing intellectual property as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth, and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges. The mission of GIPC is to strengthen enforcement of intellectual property protections in the U.S. while working to raise awareness and increase support for the value of innovation and intellectual property worldwide.

The Intangible Asset Finance Society (www.iafinance.org) is a professional organization providing a forum for the exploration of the relationships between enterprise value and business processes that create value from ethics, innovation, quality, safety, sustainability, and security. The Society delves into the interplay between business process best practices, risk, investment, and intangible asset value. The objectives of the Society are to increase the transparency and value of intangible assets through education, advocacy, and the promulgation of standards.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations with 184 Member States. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.
WIPO's core activities centre on -

  • Developing international IP law and standards
  • Delivering cost effective global IP registration and protection services
  • Promoting understanding of IP and its potential for economic, social and cultural development
  • Assisting Member States to strengthen their IP infrastructure, institutions and human resources.

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Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine is widely recognised as the leading global publication on intellectual property as a business asset. The magazine's primary focus is on looking at how IP can be best managed and exploited in order to increase company profits, drive shareholder value and obtain increased leverage in the capital markets. Its core readership primarily comprises board level and senior executives in IP-owning companies, corporate counsel, private practice lawyers, licensing and technology transfer managers, investors and analysts. The magazine is published by Globe Business Media Group, London.

Media Partners

The International Law Office delivers expert knowledge to lawyers worldwide via a subscription-only email service. It provides legal developments from 100 jurisdictions (produced in collaboration with over 500 of the world's leading experts), a comprehensive directory of firms and partners, a database of the world's major deals and the legal advisers involved, and a global news roundup. The International Law Office is proud to be the Official Online Media Partner to the IBA, an International Online Media partner to the ACC, and European Online Media Partner to ECLA.

Lexology is an innovative web-based service that provides law departments and law firms with a depth of free practical know-how that would be impossible to produce internally. By collaborating with the world's leading business law firms, government agencies and academic institutions, Lexology is able to deliver essential know-how and market intelligence to the desktops of business lawyers worldwide on a daily basis.

World Trademark Review is a bi-monthly, practitioner-led publication which focuses on the issues that matter to trademark professionals the world over. In each issue the experienced editorial team and extensive panel of correspondents provide in-depth coverage of national and regional trends, profile the world's major trademark offices (including how they function and handle important registration issues), and conduct interviews with leading trademark personalities.