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Thomson Reuters helps professionals around the world to drive innovation, protect intellectual assets and create maximum value from their ideas via solutions that power the IP lifecycle. A world leader in patent research and analysis, trademark brand protection and monitoring and IP portfolio management, the IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to key decision makers. Learn more at http://ip.thomsonreuters.com.

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Philips IP&S proactively pursues the creation of new intellectual property in close cooperation with Philips' operating sectors and the other departments within Corporate Technologies. IP&S is a leading industrial IP organisation, providing world-class IP solutions to Philips' businesses to support their growth, competitiveness and profitability. Philips' IP portfolio currently consists of about 50,000 patent rights, 36,000 trademarks, 63,000 design rights and 3,900 domain name registrations. Philips filed approximately 1,300 patents in 2010, with a strong focus on the growth areas in health and wellbeing. IP&S participates in the setting of standards to create new business opportunities for the healthcare, consumer lifestyle and lighting sectors. With 450 employees in 26 offices in 17 countries, Philips IP&S has a strong global presence. Philips IP&S is part of Philips, a diversified health and wellbeing company focused on improving people's lives through timely innovations. Philips employs more than 118,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide.

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.

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.

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.

Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) is a full-service law firm of 550 attorneys across 12 offices in the United Kingdom, United States and Hong Kong. Our IP group has 90 attorneys and technology specialists. We practise in patent portfolio strategy, prosecution, counselling and opinions; trademark, copyright and domain name protection; IP litigation; and IP licensing and transactions.
EAPD learns your business first and works to create the best IP strategy aligned to your goals. This ensures that your IP assets are well protected and enforceable, and evolve with your growth and success. Our global perspective allows you to identify strategic markets where protection will be most effective and to implement an international IP strategy.
Our business sense, deep experience and technical depth combine to provide a shared road map for you to manage and protect your intellectual property. You will have confidence that your strategy is relevant, efficient and effective.

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.

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP has a record of successfully enforcing and defending IP rights for some of the world's best-known corporations. As one of the largest and oldest full-service IP law firms in the United States, we represent a worldwide clientele in all IP-related matters, such as litigation, prosecution, licensing and counselling services for patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, false advertising, antitrust and international trade. Kenyon is regarded as a firm of choice in various IP areas by reputable legal reference guides, which base their rankings on reviews provided by our clients and peers. Such guides include Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Legal 500, Managing Intellectual Property, PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook and IP Law & Business. For more information, please visit www.kenyon.com.

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.

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.

The Ovidian Group is a US-based IP firm that provides IP investment and business solutions to companies around the world. Based in Berkeley, California, the Ovidian leadership team has deep experience and business contacts in Silicon Valley. The team includes experts in intellectual property, innovation and business matters who have worked extensively with the world's leading technology companies and with nearby world-renowned universities. Ovidian clients include Fortune 500 companies in the United States; leading companies from Asia and Europe; investors in IP assets and IP-rich companies; and emerging technology companies.

Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with nearly 1,000 attorneys in 15 offices across North America, Europe and Asia. Its 200-lawyer IP Group routinely ranks among the most active in the United States according to IP Law & Business; and in 2009 The American Lawyer recognised the firm as one of the country's top four IP practices. The firm was also recently ranked in the IAM Patent Litigation 250. Winston has long been a leading player in the pharmaceutical patent litigation arena. Its litigators have also handled cases for companies in the following fields: e-commerce and new media (Navteq, CNET/CBS Interactive); computer products (Dell); telecommunications/networking/internetworking (Verizon, Nortel, Cisco); semiconductors (Nanya Technologies, Lam Research); retail (Lowe's, Sears); financial services (eSpeed, ISE, Discover Card); optics (Hoya-Pentax); medical devices (Abbott, Medtronic); bio-tech (Monsanto); and automotive (Hyundai, Lear). For more information, visit www.winston.com.

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Marqera is an intellectual property banc, delivering a range of products and services tailored to 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. Marqera maintains offices in the U.S. and abroad and is comprised of experienced professionals in the industry. For more information, please visit www.marqera.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.

Founded in 2000, Intellectual Ventures (IV) is the global leader in the business of invention. IV collaborates with leading inventors, partners with pioneering companies and invests both expertise and capital in the process of invention. IV's mission is to energise and streamline an invention economy that will drive innovation around the world. www.intellectualventures.com.

Article One Partners connects IP 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 150 patent studies and worked with 100+ clients, including 13 Fortune 100 clients, over half of the top 15 high-tech industry leaders, 50% of the top patent filers to the US Patent and Trademark Office and 40% of the top 30 companies as targets of non-practising entities.

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American Express has created an Intellectual Property Zone (IP Zone) designed to promote the advancement of the intellectual property (IP) marketplace, including patents, trademarks, software and other IP products. The IP Zone(TM), which includes an online tool called Virtual Intellectual Property Exchange (VIPEX) and a physical office location, is a platform for buying and selling IP globally while cultivating an environment for open innovation and collaboration.

Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG was established in 1992 by its president Georg Papst. In 1993 the patent licensing firm acquired the entire patent portfolio of Papst-Motoren, the company founded by Georg Papst's father Hermann Papst, and set out to take active action against patent infringements on the international level. Papst Licensing built up an international network of experts for monetising infringed patents, concluding more than 150 licence agreements with virtually all renowned companies in the IT and electronics industry. Georg Papst's sons, Constantin and Daniel, followed into the business and today Papst Licensing offers practical support to third parties facing infringements of quality patents, with the aim of securing licences from infringers. Operating investor independently, the Papst Licensing family is in its third generation of licensing and advancing innovation. Where no amicable resolution can be obtained, Papst Licensing is determined and experienced in enforcing its rights in court, especially in the United States and Germany.

Microsoft has one of most valuable IP portfolios worldwide and a patent portfolio recognised 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 all three of its 2010 Patent Scorecards for the IT industry. Further, the March 2010 issue of IEEE Spectrum, published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, ranked Microsoft as the IP leader among all technology companies for the third year running. Microsoft views IP as the currency of innovation and a key to bringing great ideas to companies and promoting healthy and competitive economies. Microsoft collaborates with companies of all sizes around the world, to enable access to the innovation taking place at Microsoft through programmatic IP licensing efforts. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements.

Questel has focused on its core business, intellectual property, since its inception in the early 1970s. We provide a suite of leading-edge patent, trademark and industrial design services to researchers, lawyers, scientists, and competitive intelligence professionals. Known for having the largest database collections in the world, we also offer a wide array of tools for searching, watching, archiving and sharing information, as well as analysing and managing IP portfolios. All of our services are available from our portal orbit.com. Since 2007, Questel has been supported by leading European mid-cap private equity investor Syntegra Capital. For more information please visit www.questel.com.

Global IP Net, established in 1995, is widely recognized as the leading provider of worldwide IP cost-estimating software. Our software has been used by companies and firms of all sizes, including over 70% of the top 100 US IP law firms, as well as multinational companies such as Exxon Mobil and DuPont. Our unique products offer simple, effective, and economic ways to create current and accurate reports, quickly, for filing, examining, prosecuting, issuing and maintaining individual applications or entire portfolios. The Global IP Estimator generates estimates for patent, trademark and design applications. The Portfolio Cost Analyzer predicts costs for your entire patent portfolio. It utilizes our vast and current IP industry data and information exported straight from your docketing system. You can group your costs in various ways (eg, by division, technology or IP manager). In minutes you can also create budget reports based on various filing scenarios and strategies.

As a result of two mergers in 2008, the law firm Husch Blackwell 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 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.

Unycom has provided enterprise software solutions for IP management to some of the world's largest and most innovative companies for more than 10 years. Our Integrated IP Management System (IPMS) comprehensively tracks and supports all activities related to the development, maintenance and utilisation of large IP portfolios. The main solution modules include docketing, portfolio management, licensing and standards, and business intelligence. Unycom IPMS enables an integrated electronic workflow between all stakeholders involved in the process, such as the corporate IP group, inventors, business managers and outside counsel.

Minesoft creates products and solutions at the forefront of today's patent information sector, such as PatBase, PatentArchive, PatentOrder, PatentTracker and Alert Management Solutions. Minesoft develops tailored patent archive and corporate intelligence systems to manage the gathering, flow and storage of critical patent information within a corporation. The strong in-house development team continually enhances standard products such as the searchable international, full-text, patent family database PatBase, and PatentOrder, Minesoft's extensive patent document delivery service. Minesoft clients are leading industrial corporations, national patent offices and attorneys worldwide.

RWS Group provides specialist IP search, translation and filing services. The 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; file wrappers/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, the United Kingdom and the United States, and employs more than 400 staff.

Tessera Technologies, Inc invests in, licenses and delivers innovative miniaturisation technologies that transform next-generation electronic devices. The company's micro-electronics solutions enable smaller, higher-functionality devices through chip-scale, 3D and wafer-level packaging technology, as well as high-density substrate and silent air cooling technology. Tessera's imaging and optics solutions provide low-cost, high-quality imaging functionality for wafer-level cameras, compact camera modules and specialty optics systems, and include image enhancement technologies, wafer-level packaging and wafer-level optics. Tessera licenses its technologies, as well as delivering products based on these technologies, to promote the development of the supply chain infrastructure.

CPA Global is the world's leading provider of IP management and legal services outsourcing, including patent renewal services, document review, transaction support, contract solutions and legal research. With offices across Europe, the United States, Asia and the Pacific, CPA Global supports many of the world's best-known corporations and law firms with a diverse set of legal and IP-specific services. CPA Global helps clients to manage their valuable IP assets, such as patents, designs and trademarks, ensuring that their IP portfolios are protected, maintained and regularly reviewed in order to maximise value. Founded in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1969, today CPA Global employs more than 1,500 people, serving clients' needs in over 100 countries.
For further information visit: www.cpaglobal.com

Global IP Law Group is a law firm with global reach and experience focused on monetising intellectual property. With offices in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Global IP offers services, insight and global resources to large and small-sized companies, independent inventors and universities seeking value for their IP assets. Global IP concentrates on all aspects of monetising intellectual property (particularly patents) through sale, licensing and litigation. Global IP emphasises a deal-oriented approach, while maintaining a robust litigation option. Global IP representations differ from widely used approaches in important ways: we explore all monetisation options with a tested and refined business model and have contacts in numerous industries that produce superior results.

Red Chalk Group is an IP professional services firm chosen by clients who are seeking unique insight and resolution to their most challenging and urgent IP-related issues. Our efforts integrate business, technical and legal expertise to deliver decision-grade results. We serve our clients through five specialised practice areas: consulting, transaction services, litigation support, investment research and patent data. We have experience in addressing IP-related issues for Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, law firms and the investment community.

IPXI is the world's first financial exchange focused on IP rights. Through its innovative product offerings, IPXI facilitates investment in and risk management of IP-related assets, and allows IP owners - both large and small - to unlock the value of their assets, creating an efficient and transparent means for technology transfer to improve price discovery. By enhancing efficiency and transparency in the marketplace, IPXI promotes a deeper understanding of the economics of innovation.

Van Merle IP Counsel Select is the world's first and only IP consulting firm specialised in selecting outside IP counsel. We have been selecting patent firms, patent translation agencies, patent search firms and other IP service providers all over the world for over 10 years. We serve companies worldwide, whether they file fewer than 20 or more than 1,000 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 realised projects and further information, please visit www.vanmerle.com.

Perception Partners® is a global advisory services firm that analytically and visually helps clients to understand, quantify and maximise the value derived from innovation and intellectual property.
Perception Partners systematically analyses the world's available science, business and legal facts to provide actionable decision-support solutions in six key areas: competitive landscaping, white space analysis, partner identification, technology scouting, freedom to operate and IP valuation and monetisation.
Our teams, tools and techniques uniquely influence the perception of IP value for operating companies, investors, research institutions and government authorities. We have worked with more than 200 full-time practising scientists and consultants to evaluate over half a million patents worldwide, driving more than $1 billion in technology investment, business development and IP transactions.

GEVERS Validations is the branch of GEVERS that deals with validations of European patents - notably through its web interface Valipat®. With Valipat®, your European patent validations are made easy, quick and cost effective in a one-stop shop, and are driven by European patent attorneys to ensure premium quality translations.

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC specialises in the protection, transfer and enforcement of IP rights. Located in downtown Washington DC, Sterne Kessler is strategically situated within the heart of the IP community. Our industry-savvy attorneys work in teams to satisfy the needs of entities working across diverse areas of technology, such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, clean technology, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, pharmacogenomics, e-commerce, semiconductor devices and processing, as well as in a variety of consumer products sectors. In the fast-changing, competitive business world, we provide responsive, proactive counsel. More specifically, we prepare and prosecute patent applications before the US and foreign patent offices, as well as advise on worldwide IP strategy, including evaluation of IP portfolios, IP acquisition, and inventorship dispute resolution. The firm represents a broad range of clients, including emerging and established companies, venture capital firms, universities and select individuals. Learn more at www.skgf.com.

Technology, Patents & Licensing (TPL) is a leading technical and transactional advisory services firm that specialises in patent evaluation, mining, acquisitions and support of monetisation programmes. TPL was founded in 1998 by Dr Charles Eldering, who in 2010 was named one of the 250 World's Leading IP Strategists by Intellectual Asset Management magazine. Our PhD analysts have experience in a wide array of high-tech disciplines and are accomplished in infringement detection and claim chart development. Some technologies of expertise include telecommunications, video, semiconductors and e-commerce. Our attorneys have both litigation and prosecution experience, having faced prospective licensees as well as patent examiners. TPL focuses on helping clients to achieve a return on IP investment by delivering lifecycle-based services that optimise IP assets. We plan, develop, leverage and safeguard clients' patent assets in a way that positions businesses for growth and success.

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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.

Established in 1965, the Licensing Executives Society (United States and Canada) Inc (LES) is a professional society comprised of nearly 5,000 members engaged in the transfer, use, development and marketing of intellectual property. The LES membership includes a wide range of professionals, including business executives, lawyers, licensing consultants, engineers, academicians, scientists and government officials. Many large corporations, professional firms and universities make up the society's membership. LES is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International Inc, which has a worldwide membership of over 12,000 members in 30 national societies, representing over 80 countries.

NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets - the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE Amex, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca - represent one-third of the world's equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index, and is the only exchange operator in the S&P 100 index and Fortune 500. For more information, please visit: www.nyse.com

The International IP Strategists Association (INTIPSA) is a professional association serving the community of IP strategists worldwide. Its members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and share a common interest in the commercial implementation of business strategies relating to intellectual property. INTIPSA aims to: raise awareness of the value of IP strategy; allow professionals to build their careers, understanding and networks; share their knowledge; and promote excellence and professionalism within IP strategy.

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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 White Page Ltd, 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.

China Business Law Journal is a fully bilingual magazine for China-focused business and legal professionals. It investigates the practical implications of legal developments, identifies the optimal legal strategies for managing complex business transactions and provides expert-written digests of new laws and regulations. IP issues receive prominent coverage in the magazine. We operate and publish bilingually, in simplified Chinese and English, ensuring that foreign and domestic enterprises and their legal advisers have access to a common source of high quality information and analysis.

India Business Law Journal is a specialist magazine that provides in-depth coverage of the legal, financial and regulatory issues that make or break business deals in India's fast-changing commercial environment. The challenges - and practical solutions - relating to the protection and enforcement of IP rights receive prominent coverage in the magazine. Our subscribers include many of the world's leading IP owners and their legal advisers.

Asia IP is a unique and vital source of intelligence for IP-owning companies active in Asia and international law firms that want to keep ahead of key issues in the region. Written for in-house counsel and business-focused private practice lawyers, the magazine includes an extensive range of in-depth features, news and analysis designed to meet the information needs of in-house counsel, senior business leaders and partners at Asian and international law firms. Focusing on the matters behind the headlines, it provides unparalleled access to the issues that companies face when trying to protect their intellectual assets in Asia. For further information visit www.asiaiplaw.com.