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Thomson Reuters is the world's leading provider of intellectual property solutions, with patent, trademark and industry standard offerings used by professionals across the IP lifecycle to develop, maintain and extract maximum value from their intellectual assets. For more information about the IP Solutions of Thomson Reuters, visit http://ip.thomsonreuters.com.

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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 55,000 patent rights, 33,000 trademarks, 49,000 design rights and 2,600 domain name registrations. By participating in the creation of new standards, IP&S also facilitates market adoption of new innovations. Employing around 450 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Charles River Associates is a leading global consulting firm that provides economic, financial, and business management expertise across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. For more than 40 years, we've combined deep industry knowledge with rigorous, fact-based analysis to solve complex problems for legal, corporate, regulatory, and government clients. CRA assists clients in aligning IP and business strategy to maximize shareholder returns and has an established track record of identifying, screening and executing IP-rich transactions in a broad range of industries.

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.

UBM TechInsights is the preeminent firm for the provision of sophisticated information and advice to technology companies. Our foundation of technical expertise and analysis tools, combined with years of experience on all aspects of the IP / Technology Lifecycle allow us to deliver the highest ROI to the client. Our leadership position is sustained by our commitment to the upmost integrity, and the ongoing investment and acquisition of knowledge and capabilities necessary to meet our clients' evolving needs. If you need assistance in managing your most complex technology or IP challenges, turn to UBM TechInsights for assured results. Visit www.ubmtechinsights.com.

As one of the largest IP firms in Germany and Europe with offices in Germany, France and Spain, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG offers full service in Intellectual Property, including all procedures before the patent and trademark offices as well as litigation before the relevant courts.
Selected teams of patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law provide top-quality services tailored to the specific needs of the client and the characteristics of the case. BARDEHLE PAGENBERG combines the professional expert knowledge of German and European patent attorneys, trademark-specialized attorneys, technical advisors and qualified legal counsel, providing dedicated support in procuring, safeguarding and enforcing the IP rights for a high-profile German and international clientele.

Chadbourne & Parke LLP is an international law firm headquartered in New York City. Chadbourne's intellectual property practice offers clients the highly specialized legal and technical expertise of an intellectual property "boutique", combined with the business and litigation skills of a multinational general practice law firm. Chadbourne's intellectual property lawyers are trusted advisors representing the leading financial service, internet and computing technology and clean energy firms, worldwide.

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.

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Article One Partners connects intellectual property leaders to the world's largest patent research community to increase patent quality and resolve litigation. Our global community of researchers finds key non-digitised patent evidence in multiple languages. Our clients use the community's results to resolve patent litigations, remove patents that are blocking inventions and simply strengthen their patent portfolios. Since launching in November 2008, Article One Partners has conducted over 60 patent studies, including working with multiple Fortune 100 clients and over half of the top 15 high-tech industry leaders.

Innography® delivers a comprehensive, online intellectual property business intelligence application that enables companies of all types and sizes to achieve the optimal return on their IP investments. By correlating patent and trademark data with financial, litigation and other key business information, Innography instantly generates a variety of unique visualizations so users reduce the time it takes to perform IP research by 10x and reduce associated legal expenditures by 25%. As a result, they can get products to market faster, uncover new and more lucrative revenue sources, keep better track of competitors, preempt and counter litigation claims, and stay on top of additional IP-associated functions. Visit www.innography.com to view a 15-minute online product demo or call 1.512.306.8688 for more information.

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.

Marqera is a globally focused intellectual property trading company delivering a range of products and services for parties' intellectual property needs including transactions for both patents and brands, advisory services ranging from large companies to VC/PE firms, and providing transaction capital and financing options for parties in need of IP based funding. For further information please visit http://marqera.com/.

Bronze sponsors

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/.

Globe Law and Business specialises in producing practical, topical titles for international legal and business professionals.
Established in 2005, we set out to create law books which are sufficiently high level to be of real use to the experienced professional, yet still accessible and easy to navigate. We are a division of Globe Business Publishing Ltd, based by Borough market in London and we focus in particular on finance, energy and commercial law.
Our hardback titles are carefully produced, with the utmost attention paid to the editorial, design and production processes. This results in high-quality titles which are easy to read.

To view our full list of titles please visit: www.globelawandbusiness.com.

Red Chalk Group is an intellectual property professional services firm chosen by clients who are seeking unique insight and resolution to their most challenging and urgent intellectual property related issues. Our efforts integrate business, technical, and legal expertise to deliver decision-grade results. We serve our clients through 5 specialized practice areas - Consulting, Litigation Support, Transaction Services, Investment Research, and Patent Data - and have experience addressing IP related issues for Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium enterprises, law firms, and the investment community.

Anaqua is a leading provider of intellectual asset management software and maintenance services. The ANAQUA Enterprise IAM solution supports the full IP lifecycle from idea to monetization for all IP categories, including inventions, patents, trade secrets, brands and trademarks. ANAQUA Express is a streamlined, more affordable solution for smaller IP teams. Anaqua's annuity services are provided in collaboration with Anaqua's sister company, SGA2, an ISO 9001-certified supplier of global annuity and renewal services.

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.

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.

inovia provides a foreign filing platform, created by patent attorneys and used by over 750 clients. Its two products, pctfiler and epvalidation, simplify the PCT national stage entry and European validation processes. With headquarters in New York, offices in London and Sydney, and agents in over 62 countries, inovia provides support in all major time zones and IP jurisdictions. inovia's patented technology pioneered online foreign filing and is recognized amongst WIPO's most notable inventions.

Scope eKnowledge Center helps patent teams achieve exceptional results. We are an award-winning provider of patent research, database development and market intelligence support services to some of the largest corporates in the world, including a Fortune 10 and ten FTSE 100 companies, among others. Through highly flexible working models, we provide our clients with a world-class service, on a consistent basis and at very competitive rates. Our clients also gain from on-demand access to over 300 domain experts and very quick turnaround times.

Notarbatolo & Gervasi is a leading European IP firm with international offices based in Germany, Italy and China.
In over 45 years of activity, N&G has developed a profound knowledge of every aspect of the management of company patent strategy, from the search for precedents to opinions on patentability and the freedom of implementation; to the drafting, filing, and obtaining of patents in every technological sector and all over the world; to the legal defense in both judicial and extrajudicial matters, the financing of research and development activities and the technology transfer assistance.
For market insights and further information, please visit www.ngpatent.com.

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.

Van Merle IP Counsel Select is the world's first and only IP consulting firm specialized in selecting outside IP counsel. We have been selecting patent and trademark agencies, patent translation agencies and other IP service providers all over the world for over 10 years. We serve companies in Europe and the USA, whether they file fewer than 20 or more than 1000 patent applications per year. Our clients confirm the added value in terms of outside counsel quality improvement and 20 to 50% savings on attorney fees. For the country list with realized projects and further information, please visit www.vanmerle.com.

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.

ALPHA PATENTFONDS offers a new kind of platform which enables the exploitation of a large number of patents internationally. The objective is to offer all owners of patents the opportunity to utilize their inventions in a discreet and effective manner. The expert examination and efficient exploitation of the patent's potential generates additional income opportunities and is therefore very attractive to patentors and patentees.

Steinbeis TIB situated in Mannheim, Germany, has assumed this task, and secures and evaluates patents (cumulated more than 2,000 valuable targets actually) for 4 Alpha Patentfunds with an equity volume of 100 Million Euro. Steinbeis TIB belongs to the Steinbeis-Group, headquartered in Stuttgart, with more than 765 Steinbeis-companies, being a leading player in knowledge- and technology-transfer and running its own university in Berlin. Since January 2010 ALPHA PATENTFONDS is cooperating with the world-leading US transactions firm Charles River Associates Inc. (CRA). CRA is now responsible for the operative exploitation of Steinbeis's secured and evaluated patents.

As a result of two mergers in 2008, the law firm Husch Blackwell Sanders now comprises about 100 IP attorneys, making it one of the largest IP departments of any law firm in the US. Its Chicago Office operates under the name Husch Blackwell Sanders Welsh & Katz, unique because it combines experienced trial attorneys with specialist trademark, copyright and patent attorneys resulting in very effective results.

The firm was recognized by Intellectual Property Today magazine as one of the "2009 Top Trademark Firms" in the country, 7th among the 277 firms and individuals in the survey.

PATEV & Avenium join forces in Europe's leading IP management consortium. IP owners rely on us to help them identify, manage and achieve maximum return on their innovations. Our mission is to fine tune your IP portfolio so as to generate value and to support growth and competitiveness in line with your corporate strategy. Applying our own unique consulting tools we help reduce costs, exploit opportunities, avoid risks and optimize processes.

More than forty professionals with technical and business experience work in six offices in Germany, France and Spain and operate within a global network embracing the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Korea and India.

RWS Group provides specialist intellectual property search, translation and filing services. RWS Translation Division is the world's leading patent translation specialist. Its core services are:
- EuroFile, full European translation and validation;
- WorldFile, translation and filing worldwide, via national and PCT route;
- Translations for information purposes.
Its Information Division offers patent, design, and non-patent literature searches; patent watches, filewrappers/inspections and status reports. PatBase - its professional patent database (developed in partnership with Minesoft Limited) offers full text searching combined with direct family display and is available on an annual subscription basis. The Group has offices in China, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S.A. and employs over 400 staff.

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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 38 European countries. The mission of the EPO is to support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe. The Office's core activity is the examination of patent applications and the grant of European patents. Today, the EPO is the second largest European organisation with approximately 7000 employees.

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) is the centre of expertise in the field of industrial property protection in Germany. The Office is an expert service provider and a strong partner providing assistance to innovative enterprises eager to gain a competitive edge in the market place. The DPMA offers fast, low cost and reliable procedures. The 2,600 staff members of the Office grant patents, register trade marks and designs and administer them. Furthermore, they provide information on industrial property rights to the public.

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.

Energy, transport, environment, competitiveness, innovation - Europe today is up against extraordinary challenges but also great opportunities. To deliver efficient and high-quality European funding schemes and initiatives in these areas, the European Commission has set up the Executive Agency for Competitiveness & Innovation (EACI) to manage these programmes and projects on its behalf: Intelligent Energy - Europe, Marco Polo, Enterprise Europe Network, Eco-innovation and IPeuropAware.
Find out more, visit: http://ec.europa.eu/eaci/.

LES International is a worldwide organisation with national and regional societies, whose members are engaged in licensing and other aspects of transferring or profiting from intellectual property.
LES Germany is a non-profit professional society that encourages high professional standards. It helps members to improve their skills and techniques through high-profile seminars, sponsorship of educational meetings, publication of reports and articles, the exchange of ideas relating to domestic and foreign licensing, and professional networking opportunities.
LES Germany is the organisation's second largest national society with more than 750 members, including lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys and consultants.

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.

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.

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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.