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Intellectual Asset Management

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) is a unique publication which focuses on the many ways in which intellectual property and intangible assets can be used to create corporate value. In-depth articles, case studies, interviews and surveys, as well as a widely read blog, provide a high-level corporate readership with cutting-edge insights into how intellectual property and other intangibles can be used to create strategic advantage, build shareholder returns, generate bottom-line revenue and gain greater leverage in the financial markets.
IAM magazine was launched in July 2003 and, with its unequalled appeal to the boardroom, has established itself as the only IP publication that is principally read on a regular basis by senior corporate executives.
The magazine is topical, timely and continually thought provoking for its subscription-based readership. Editorial quality and integrity are paramount. The quality of the editorial is guaranteed by an in-house team, based in London and Hong Kong, with long-established journalistic track records in the specialist IP and business press, including on titles such as the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. In each issue a number of articles are also commissioned from leading figures in the IP business world. Overall support is provided by an editorial board which includes legendary IP monetisation pioneer Marshall Phelps, Philips IP & Standards CEO Ruud Peters and Scott Frank, president of AT&T Intellectual Property.
IAM also publishes a weekly email which has over 14,000 subscribers. It comprises a summary of the magazine’s popular blog and jurisdiction-based international reports from leading law firms. The website hosts a fully searchable archive of all articles and supplements published since 2003, plus an events section and the blog. 

 

Platinum sponsor

Thomson Reuters

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.

Gold sponsors

Philips IP&S

Philips IP&S (Intellectual Property & Standards) proactively pursues the creation of new intellectual property in close cooperation with Philips' operating sectors and the other departments within corporate technologies. Philips 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 consists of around 54,000 patent rights, 39,000 trademarks, 70,000 design rights and 4,400 domain name registrations. Philips 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 over 120,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide.


Edwards Wildman

Edwards Wildman is a full-service law firm of 650 attorneys across three continents. Our IP and licensing groups have over 120 lawyers in the United Kingdom, the United States, Hong Kong and Japan. Intellectual property has enormous commercial potential and our team of patent, trademark, licensing and litigation professionals help businesses to realise that potential. Clients look to us for strategic advice and agreements across the complete spectrum of IP commercialisation, including the purchase, sale and assignment of IP assets; in-licensing and out-licensing of technology; R&D collaborations, product development and joint ventures; and brand licensing, merchandising, sponsorship and advertising. We also advise on content licensing, entertainment contracts, franchising and software licensing. Skilful deployment of intellectual property can bring in sources of additional revenue, enable financing and increase enterprise value on exit.  Edwards Wildman is here to help you with making the most of your IP assets. Learn more at ip.edwardswildman.com.


Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

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.

 


Ovidian Group

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.


Chipworks

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.


UBM TechInsights

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.


CPA Global

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


Perkins Coie

With more than 800 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States, China and Taiwan, Perkins Coie provides a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and IP services to its clients. The firm’s IP practice includes more than 250 lawyers focused on IP litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, technology licensing, copyrights, trade secret and unfair competition counselling. 

A leading technology law firm, Perkins Coie has extensive experience in litigating patent and trademark infringement actions, internet-related disputes and grey-market and anti-counterfeiting claims. Its lawyers work closely with clients to develop comprehensive solutions to the complicated IP issues that companies face at all stages of growth.

Silver sponsors

Marqera

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.


Acacia Research Corporation

Acacia Research Corporation’s subsidiaries partner with inventors and patent owners, license the patents to corporate users and share the revenue. Acacia Research Corporation’s subsidiaries control 200 patent portfolios, covering technologies used in a wide variety of industries. Information about Acacia Research Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.acaciaresearchgroup.com and www.acaciaresearch.com.


Red Chalk Group

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.


Transpacific IP

Transpacific IP is a leading IP management and consulting firm that specialises in acquiring, managing and licensing patent portfolios. It is one of the largest and most well-established IP management and consulting firms in Asia.

Transpacific IP’s full range of services includes strategic IP services, IP portfolio management, transaction services, patent development services, commercialisation and infrastructure set-up and training. We have also built up domain know-how across a range of technology fields.

Tapping on our global network of domain, business and scientific experts, we uncover hidden opportunities, provide strategic guidance and offer operational support through every step of the IP commercialisation process.


Papst Licensing GmbH & Co KG

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 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.


Article One Partners

Article One Partners (AOP) is the world's largest patent research community. The company distributes requests for prior art research to more than 1 million scientists and technologists, using a highly innovative global online human search engine. This crowd-sourcing model uses www.ArticleOnePartners.com and affiliate international websites to post searches in exchange for premium compensation, which currently totals US$2.1 million.

AOP is active in 188 countries, conducts searches in 10 languages and is exceptionally successful in identifying key foreign language evidence, non-textual and non-patent literature. AOP's blue-chip client base has increased twentyfold in two years. Clients include 16 Fortune 100 companies, 30 Fortune Global 500, seven of the top 10 US patent filers and 18 of the top 25 companies most frequently targeted by non-practising entities.


Intellectual Ventures

Intellectual Ventures is the global leader in the business of invention and is interested in collaborating on your next big idea. Whether you’re an innovative product company looking to leapfrog a competitor or an inventor looking to monetise your invention, connect with us. We have the portfolio, network and capital you need to license, develop and sell inventions. Together, we can energise the invention economy and help to drive innovation around the world.

Bronze sponsors

Microsoft

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.


Minesoft

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.


Hovione

Hovione holds over 400 patents worldwide, the greatest number of any Portuguese company. It has very active programmes for the promotion of innovation in-house and over 50 years’ experience in active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) development and compliant manufacture. The company has FDA-inspected sites in the United States, Portugal, Ireland and China; and manufactures on behalf of large pharmaceutical, biotechnology and generics companies from the United States to Europe and Japan. Hovione offers integrated API, particle design and formulation drug development. In the pulmonary inhalation area, Hovione is the only independent company to offer such a broad range of services.


Marks & Clerk LLP

Marks & Clerk LLP is a leading IP firm based in the United Kingdom, with a network of 10 offices across the country, as well as eight offices in Europe, Asia and Canada.

The firm’s attorneys, together with its associated firm of solicitors Marks & Clerk Solicitors LLP, specialise in all areas of patents, trademarks, designs and copyright.

The extent of the firm’s resources allows it to cater for clients across a broad range of technologies and industry types – notably, biotechnology, electronics and mechanical engineering. This enables it to advise clients efficiently in respect of protecting their IP rights.


Questel

Questel has been focusing on its core business, intellectual property, since its inception in the early 1970s. We provide a suite of leading-edge patent and industrial design services to researchers, lawyers, scientists and competitive intelligence professionals. Questel built Fampat, the largest database collections in the world, and provides the Orbit.com portal for searching, mapping, watching, archiving and sharing information, as well as analysing and managing IP portfolios. Since 2007, Questel has been supported by leading European mid-cap private equity investor Syntegra Capital. For more information please visit www.questel.com.


GEVERS Validations

VALIPAT was created by GEVERS to offer administrative services related to obtaining and maintaining patent rights. European patent validation is a foundation of its success. Managed by European patent attorneys, it offers its services only to patent professionals.
VALIPAT provides automatically generated cost estimates, streamlined order processing and online progress follow-up. Translation and validation work is performed by patent attorney firms selected in each member state from among the best firms in Europe.
VALIPAT offers great costs reductions on validation prices, as well as on overheads, due to partial outsourcing of this work.


Charles River Associates

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


Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC specialises in the protection, transfer and enforcement of IP rights. Located in Washington DC, it has more than 30 years’ experience in helping to strategise, build and enforce worldwide IP portfolios, including inter partes matters (eg, lawsuits, appeals, oppositions and re-examinations), preparing and prosecuting patent applications before the United States and foreign patent offices and advising on portfolio strategies (eg, valuation, acquisition and due diligence). In the fast-changing, competitive business world, it provides responsive, proactive counsel to innovators working in diverse areas of technology, such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, clean technology, hardware and software, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, industrial products and grid resiliency technologies, as well as in a variety of consumer product sectors.


Global IP Law Group

Global IP Law Group is a law firm with global reach and experience focused on monetising intellectual property. Global IP has generated nearly US$5 billion for its clients in sales, licensing and litigation of patents, including the 2011 sale of the Nortel Networks patent portfolio. 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.


Parsa Wireless Communications LLC

Parsa Wireless is a global consulting firm that provides technical assessments of patent portfolios in various communications-related technologies. Our legacy technology is wireless communications, but we also have experts in wireline communications, optical networking, audio and video coding, semiconductors, information technology, medical and other imaging, plus more.  We also provide reverse engineering services.

Our team of over 50 PhDs are internationally recognised technology experts. They have between 10 and 20 years of industry experience and have many patents and technical publications to their credit.  Our experts have sat on or led standards boards and thus have helped to create today's communications standards. We can provide experts on over 100 different standards.

We provide services for leading original equipment manufacturers, telecommunications and wireless service providers, software and semiconductor companies and tech start-ups, as well as the investment and legal communities.


IP Zone

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.


Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard (HP), the world’s largest technology company, brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure at the convergence of the cloud and connectivity. HP is a global technology leader known for its highly innovative research and has a portfolio of more than 36,000 patents worldwide, as well as other intellectual property. HP is a highly sought-after partner for companies looking for leading-edge technologies and intellectual property to build and grow their business successfully.

For more information please visit www.hp.com/hpinfo/abouthp/iplicensing.


Pluritas LLC

Pluritas LLC is among the most active IP transaction advisers, providing rights holders with expert assistance on patent and brand assessment, and the valuation and commercialisation of IP assets. Since 2002, the firm has managed and successfully closed more than 75 deals on behalf of clients including Fortune 50 companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, distressed entities and independent inventors. IP sellers, buyers, investors and advisers worldwide rely on Pluritas for detailed patent and brand analysis, market intelligence and monetisation expertise. Pluritas professionals can be found in locations including San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Houston.


Delta Cafés

Delta Cafés was founded in 1961 in Campo Maior, a small village in Portugal’s southern interior. Dedicated to coffee, Delta Cafés currently has about 3,000 employees and has been the market leader for coffee in Portugal since 1994. Over the past 50 years, customers have been a priority and Delta Cafés has recently been named the Reader’s Digest most trusted brand for coffee in Portugal for the 10th consecutive year. A family company, with growth based on a balance between management and family, Delta Cafés focuses on business sustainability, being more open to risks on new ventures and social responsibility.


inovia

inovia is a global leader in foreign patent filing, having served over 1,000 clients. Its global instruction platform, inovia.com, simplifies the Patent Cooperation Treaty national stage entry and European validation processes. With headquarters in New York, offices in London, Munich and Sydney, and agents covering over 80 countries, inovia provides support in all major time zones and IP jurisdictions. inovia's patented technology pioneered online foreign filing and is recognised among the World Intellectual Property Organisation's most notable inventions. For more information visit www.inovia.com or follow the company on Twitter at @inoviaIP.


Dolcera

Dolcera is an international services firm specialising in patent and business research. With its unique technological platforms, Dolcera helps clients to create sustainable innovation through actionable insights. Dolcera offers an array of services ranging from technology landscapes, IP analysis and customised research reports to collaborative tools such as wiki, dashboard and automatic classification systems. Dolcera has completed more than 500 engagements with well-known Fortune 500 names across industries including hi-tech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, manufacturing and CPG.


Brazilian National Confederation of Industry

The Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI) is the largest and highest-level representation of industry in Brazil, with a mission to promote a favourable business environment, enhance companies’ competitiveness and promote sustainable development in Brazil.

The CNI represents and coordinates initiatives gathering 27 state federations of industry, over 100,000 industrial firms and sectoral associations, encompassing issues such as economic policy, infrastructure, environment, small and medium-sized enterprise development, labour relations, social responsibility and international strategies.

In 2011, the CNI Business Leaders’ Forum established the corporate mobilisation agenda to stimulate innovation in Brazil. Intellectual property stands out as the first of 10 strategic points on the agenda.


Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD)

Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD) is Portugal’s largest financial group, with a wide international presence over 23 countries, four continents and a focus on Portuguese-speaking countries.

CGD has been at the forefront of Portuguese economic and social development over the last 136 years and is a benchmark operator in the Portuguese banking sector in terms of the support it provides to households, companies and domestic institutions.

Based on a strong corporate ethos, the highest ethical standards and a commitment to sustainable development, CGD is permanently geared towards helping to engender change and building a better future for all generations.


IPXI

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.


BIAL

BIAL is an international pharmaceutical group with products available in around 50 countries across four continents. BIAL is the largest Portuguese pharmaceutical company and is the partner of choice for many companies. It has a strong presence in the Iberian Peninsula, as well as in over 10 countries in Latin America and in around 20 French-speaking or Portuguese-speaking African countries. BIAL is strongly committed to therapeutic innovation, investing more than 20% of its turnover in research and development every year. By the end of 2009, BIAL had launched the first drug with a Portuguese patent, an anti-epileptic that is already available in several European markets. Key research areas for BIAL include the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system and allergen immunotherapy. BIAL has several other innovative programmes under development, which it expects to bring to the market within the few next years, thereby strengthening its position throughout Europe.


Sagacious Research

Sagacious Research is a leading Indian patent search firm providing the global IP community with reliable, global and fixed-cost IP support services.

Having successfully conducted over 3,000 patent searches and over 1,000 other IP support projects, Sagacious has established itself as a team of patent search experts. Sagacious has numerous long-term associations with clients located worldwide, built through its commitment to clear communication and delivering a pleasurable working experience every time.


Patrafee

Patrafee provides everything you need to manage and renew IP rights. Since 1978 we have served the IP community with the most complete patent annuity services, renewal services, IP management software and patent budgeting software. Products include: Patrawin Enterprise – IP management software for companies’ IP departments; Patrawin Professional – IP management software for law firms; IP Forecaster – a patent budgeting software; and Annuities & Renewals – our standing order service, which is cost-effective, simple and secure.


Van Merle IP Counsel Select

Van Merle IP Counsel Select specialises in selecting outside IP counsel. We have been selecting patent firms, prior art search firms, patent translation agencies, annuity payment providers, EPO opposition experts and other IP service providers all over the world for more than 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 30% savings on attorney fees. For the country list with realised projects and further information, please visit www.vanmerle.com.


WiLAN

WiLAN is a leading IP licensing company. Many of the world’s largest technology firms license portions of WiLAN’s growing portfolio of more than 3,000 issued and pending patents. The portfolio covers wireless and wireline access and related telecommunications technologies, digital television and displays, and cloud computing. 

Through its Gladios IP division, patent owners can leverage WiLAN’s proven business, engineering, legal and licensing expertise to develop tailored licensing programmes that can monetise their intellectual property. 

WiLAN is publicly traded and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:WIN) and NASDAQ (NASD:WILN).


HTS

HTS is a select team of experienced and credentialled licensing, technical and business executives. We have a core team of highly skilled IP professionals, each with up to 20 years of best practice experience in licensing, litigation, patent prosecution, valuation, reverse engineering and patent asset brokerage. We have supported and led licensing programmes resulting in many multimillion-dollar settlements, and generated several hundred million dollars of incremental revenue for our clients. We work with Fortune 500 technology companies in the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China, with a reputation for integrity that is unsurpassed in the industry.

Supported by

Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada) Inc

Established in 1965, the Licensing Executives Society (USA 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 are members. LES is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International Inc (LESI), which has a worldwide membership of over 12,000 in 30 national societies, representing over 80 countries.


União de Marcas

Established in Portugal in 2001, União de Marcas is an informal association of trademark holders that encompasses 13 brands of the textile and footwear industry – namely, Nike, Converse, Umbro, adidas, Reebok, Puma, Levis, Dockers, Lacoste, Burberry, Pepe Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger and Desigual. Together these brands optimise their activities investigating the market to detect the origin of fakes; preparing joint surveillance actions and raids cooperating with the enforcement authorities; promoting training sessions with respect to their products and labels; sharing information and expenses on common judicial cases; and endorsing national awareness campaigns and debate over the growing problem of counterfeiting.


INPI

The Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) was created in 1976. Operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Justice, INPI is an autonomous government agency with its own legal personality, as well as administrative and financial autonomy and independent assets. INPI grants and protects IP rights on a national and international level, in collaboration with the international organisations of which Portugal is a member. It also actively promotes the use of the IP system, mainly through partnerships, in order to support Portugal’s capacity to innovate and compete, to ensure fair competition and to fight counterfeiting.


International IP Strategists Association

The International IP Strategists Association (INTIPSA) is a professional organisation serving the community of IP strategists worldwide. Its members come from a wide variety of disciplines and share a common interest in aligning IP assets with business strategy. INTIPSA aims to raise awareness of the value of IP strategic management; allow professionals to build their careers and networks; enable knowledge sharing and best practice; and promote excellence and professionalism within IP strategy.


Cascais

The cradle of tourism in Portugal, the Estoril Coast is a few kilometres from Lisbon and just 25 minutes from the airport. It enjoys a privileged location between the Sierra de Sintra and the sea, offering beautiful landscapes and 17 white sand beaches. In this idyllic setting, Cascais - equally beloved by fishermen and kings - has provided the stage for large international and high profile events over the years. Now a town with close to 200,000 inhabitants, it has hosted conferences and trade fairs, fashion shows, sporting events and world championships in various sports, such as golf, sailing, motorcycle racing and horse riding. Winning awards nationally, the cultural offerings of Cascais include the Cultural Centre, the Citadel, the Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum, the Library-Museum Condes de Castro Guimarães and the House of Stories, a museum showcasing a unique body of work by Paula Rego, one of the biggest names in contemporary art. Cascais’s fantastic food, friendly and hospitable people, high-quality hotels and restaurants and a sustainable Green Venue-certified Congress Centre help to promote sustainable tourism and quality. For this and much more, we invite you to experience Estoril in all its splendour. One place. One thousand sensations.


Audiogest

Audiogest, a public utility society and a member of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, is the producers’ collective management society for neighbouring rights in Portugal. Its main activity is to license the use of recorded music for public performance, broadcasting and the Internet, in partnership with GDA (Portugal’s artists’ and performers’ collecting society) under the PASSMUSICA trademark. Audiogest also works to fight piracy, educate authorities and build awareness of IP rights. The success of recent years has made Audiogest an example of IP rights enforcement. It gets the right value for music.


Association of Corporate Counsel

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 28,000 members employed by more than 10,000 organisations in 75 countries, ACC connects its members to each other, and to the people and resources necessary for their personal and professional growth.


GEDIPE

GEDIPE was set up in 1998 as a collective management society to defend and protect the copyright and neighbouring rights of all audiovisual products produced and edited by the authors, producers and editors that it represents. These include all cinematographic, videographic and independent television producers. In the Portuguese territory, GEDIPE represents the Association for the International Collective Management of Audiovisual Works (AGICOA) and reciprocally represents the rights of audiovisual producers worldwide. GEDIPE is also a statutory member of the European Federation of Joint Management Societies of Producers for Private Audiovisual Copying (EUROCOPYA). GEDIPE reciprocally represents equivalent national and international societies across different areas of copyright and neighbouring rights. GEDIPE collects, manages and distributes retransmission rights, private copyright and public communication rights.

Media Partners

World Trademark Review

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.


International Law Office

Launched in 1998, the International Law Office (ILO) is the nexus where global corporate counsel engage with the world's pre-eminent law firms, and with each other. The ILO brand encompasses a multifaceted online resource for senior international corporate counsel, which provides tailored, quality-assured updates on global legal developments, a database of the world's major deals and the legal advisers involved, and a comprehensive directory of firms and partners. Recognising its unique relationship with global corporate counsel, ILO is an Online Media Partner to the ACC, IBA, ABA Section of International Law, IPBA and ECLA.


Lexology

Lexology is a fully customisable daily newsfeed of law firm client alerts, articles and blogs delivered to the desktops of senior business lawyers worldwide on a daily basis.