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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 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. 

IAM also publishes a weekly email which has over 20,000 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 is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organisation.

The IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters helps professionals worldwide to drive innovation, protect intellectual assets and create maximum value from their ideas by providing solutions that power the IP lifecycle

Gold sponsors

Via Licensing

Via Licensing Corporation brings together owners of essential patents for standards-based technologies (SEPs) to build and administer market-enabling patent licensing programmes. These programmes, known as patent pools, provide convenient access to essential patent rights for technology developers and implementers that make and sell leading-edge products. Technologies developed through standardisation organisations have become increasingly necessary in today’s interconnected world. As standardised technologies are generally developed through a collaboration of many companies, the resultant standard is covered by patents held by many parties. This increased collaboration has resulted in a significant increase in the complexity and cost of obtaining the patent licences needed to achieve patent peace and provide freedom to operate with respect to standardised technologies. Patent pools administered by Via Licensing provide convenient and cost-effective access to SEPs by offering a single streamlined patent licence that aggregates SEPs from multiple patent owners.  


Techinsights

TechInsights helps IP owners to maximise the value of their patents through portfolio assessment, understanding cross-market applicability and advising on development, assertion and divestment strategies. We possess the world’s largest technical body of knowledge gained from a quarter of a century of reverse engineering excellence in semiconductors, electronics and software. Our experts in understanding and mapping technology to patents have helped clients to get the most from their IP assets, including over half of the top 50 US patent holders. If you need assistance in managing your most complex technology or IP challenges, turn to TechInsights for assured results.


IP Navigation

IPNav is the leader in full-service patent monetisation, offering turnkey solutions to patent owners seeking to maximise the value of their IP assets. 

Since 2003 the IPNav team has negotiated over 600 licensing transactions on behalf of its clients and affiliated companies, producing over US$500 million in direct licensing revenue and cash settlements. 

IPNav’s clients and transaction partners include a large and diverse group of individual inventors, small corporations, Global 500 corporations, universities, non-profit organisations and a European government agency.

IPNav’s headquarters is located in Dallas, Texas.


Ericsson

We are a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – providing equipment, software and services to enable transformation through mobility.

Some 40%of global mobile traffic runs through networks that we have supplied. More than 1 billion subscribers around the world rely every day on networks that we manage. With more than 35,000 granted patents, we have one of the industry’s strongest IP rights portfolios.

Our leadership in technology and services has been a driving force behind the expansion and improvement of connectivity worldwide. We believe that through mobility, our society can be transformed for the better. New innovations and forms of expression are finding a greater audience, industries and hierarchies are being revolutionised and we are seeing a fundamental change in the way that we communicate, socialise and make decisions together.

These exciting changes represent the realisation of our vision: a networked society, where every person and every industry is empowered to reach their full potential.


Chipworks

For over two decades IP teams and outside legal counsel have trusted Chipworks’ Patent Intelligence Services to help them identify and fully leverage their best patents, protect their competitive position, prepare for litigation and develop successful IP strategies.  
 
By combining deep patent and market knowledge with the most sophisticated in-house technical analysis abilities in the world, we have demonstrated an unrivalled ability to match patents to products – and deliver solid evidence of use in high-revenue markets. 
 
Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Chipworks delivers services from global offices. 


Bereskin & Parr LLP

Bereskin & Parr LLP is a leading Canadian IP law firm serving clients of all sizes in various industries, both domestic and international. The firm was founded in 1965 and has grown to be one of the largest IP law firms in Canada, with four offices located in major economic or technology centres. Bereskin & Parr is made up of more than 70 lawyers and patent and trademark agents, many of whom are recognised as leading practitioners in their respective fields. The firm’s practice is comprehensive, encompassing all aspects of intellectual property. Both the firm and its award-winning professionals are consistently ranked as the benchmark for IP law in Canada.


Adamson & Partners

Adamson & Partners is an established international executive search and selection firm offering a high value search and recruitment service to clients globally within the Intellectual Property and Legal sectors.

As a search and selection firm, we work on behalf of our clients to identify individuals that meet their specific requirements, whether or not they are actively seeking a new role. We motivate professionals to explore career opportunities that are a close fit for their skills and experience. Unlike a recruitment agency, we perform a bespoke search of the entire profession on behalf of every client, ensuring a selection of appropriate, relevant and interesting candidates are presented.

We have evolved with the times, fully integrating sophisticated search technology into our research practice, allowing us to leverage our extensive experience, securing our continued position as the leading recruiter in our specialist markets. Since our establishment in 1985, we have acquired a reputation for discretion and effectiveness, providing a service that delivers for even the most challenging of briefs.


European Patent Office

Quality is the hallmark of the European Patent Office (EPO). At this year’s IPBC Global 2015, the EPO will present the quality improvements to its search and examination standards, especially those concerning the coverage of Asian documentation and the new options and services available for Patent Cooperation Treaty applicants filing with the EPO. As the launch of the European unitary patent draws closer, expert staff will be on hand to address applicants’ questions. The EPO will also present its Federated Patent Register and Global Dossier projects, both of which bring together reliable legal status information from multiple patent registers.


Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office

Founded in 1998, Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office is one of the fastest-growing IP law firms in Japan. With 170-plus professional staff members, Shobayashi has 11 specialised departments providing tailored IP services in a range of technical fields – including chemical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, mechanical, optical, electrical, information technology, trademarks and designs and litigation – and advising on international IP protection. 

Shobayashi established a specialised research department in 2011 to provide IP analysis services for operating companies and financial institutions. With  more than 10 former senior examiners from the Japan Patent Office, including a deputy commissioner and the chiefs of the patent and design examination departments, Shobayashi can offer the full breadth of expertise for validating intellectual property and determining infringement. Having established a research team in 2012 for licensing, valuation and IP-driven investments, Shobayashi provides IP due diligence services in IP licensing and M&A transactions, and IP advisory services in open innovation.


Fortress Investment Group

Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG) is a leading, highly diversified global investment management firm. Fortress applies its deep experience and specialised expertise across a range of investment strategies – private equity, credit, liquid markets and traditional asset management – on behalf of more than 1,500 institutional investors and private clients worldwide.  FIG’s IP finance group makes investments in intellectual property, with a particular focus on patents, through patent-based lending and litigation finance transactions for companies at various stages of their lifecycles.  


Winston & Strawn LLP

With more than 200 attorneys, Winston’s IP practice is one of the most active and highly regarded in the country. As evidence, we were selected as one of only four finalists for The American Lawyer’s 2014 IP Litigation Department of the Year survey.

Our success has been driven by a simple strategy: we attract the best trial lawyers, support them with strong technical lawyers, and those teams get results. Winston’s IP practice is unique in that regardless of the venue, discipline, technology, industry, client or case, we have a strong story to tell and can offer first-chair trial attorneys who have the right mix of experience and credentials. Our attorneys understand that IP litigation is a means of establishing a client’s future competitive position rather than simply resolving a dispute that arises out of past conduct, and we have substantial experience providing assistance to clients who use intellectual property as part of their business strategy.

 


ipCreate

ipCreate is the world’s premiere Invention On DemandR company, focused solely on enabling innovation through the creation of high-quality, high-value patentable inventions. We partner with global companies to complement their internal R&D efforts, helping them to respond better and faster to disruptive technology and market changes. ipCreate employs its proprietary tools to identify promising innovation areas or ‘white spaces’ of importance to our clients and then utilises its unique forward-invent/patenting capabilities to generate new intellectual property to quality, speed and market relevance in these areas. The ipCreate vision derives from two industry pioneers – IBM and Microsoft’s former head of worldwide intellectual property and IBM’s head of the highly successful IBM Patent Factory. The company has added other industry veterans to the leadership team to scale the business rapidly. At our core is patent quality, and the acquisition of Article One Partners in 2014 introduced a proven and effective crowd-based approach to prior art discovery into the invention process itself to ensure the highest levels of quality control.


Global IP Law Group

Global IP Law Group is a law firm founded with a specific purpose: to maximise our clients’ return from their intellectual property. To that end, Global IP provides an array of focused services – including patent sales, licensing, litigation and strategic counselling – to clients ranging from individual inventors to multinational corporations. Over the last six years, the firm has generated over $7.5 billion for its clients, including both the largest pure patent sale and the largest patent-backed debt offering in history.

With offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, Global IP offers a unique blend of services and perspectives, combined with legal and technical expertise and global resources, to maximise the value of patent portfolios in a wide array of technologies.

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Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP is a leading IP law firm whose sophisticated and business-oriented approach helps clients to succeed with their IP strategies. Our global clients, many of which are worldwide industry leaders, rely on us for their high-stakes litigation, prosecution, licensing and counselling needs. Founded in 1879, the firm has offices in New York, Palo Alto and Washington DC.


Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

Philips Intellectual Property & Standards (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 64,000 patent rights, 46,000 trademarks, 93,000 design rights and 4,700 domain name registrations. Philips filed approximately 1,550 patents in 2013, with a strong focus on growth areas in health and wellbeing. Philips IP&S participates in the setting of standards to create new business opportunities for Philips. With more than 400 employees in 17 offices across 10 countries, Philips IP&S has a strong global presence. Philips IP&S is part of Royal Philips, a diversified health and wellbeing company focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation. Philips employs over 115,000 people, with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Silver sponsors

Perkins Coie

With more than 950 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, post-issuance proceedings, patent and other IP and technology licensing, copyright, 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.


Locke Lord

Locke Lord LLP and Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP merged effective January 10 2015, creating a firm of more than 1,000 lawyers working from 23 cities that can better meet clients’ needs around the world. The firm is a global leader in the middle-market sector, building collaborative relationships and crafting creative solutions for clients across a spectrum of industries including energy, insurance and reinsurance, telecommunications, technology, real estate, financial services and healthcare and life sciences, while providing a wealth of experience through its IP, complex litigation, regulatory and fund formation teams. Locke Lord will be among the 50 largest firms in The American Lawyer’s AmLaw 100 annual rankings of top US law firms.

Locke Lord has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Morristown, New Orleans, New York, Orange County, Providence, Stamford, Sacramento, San Francisco, Tokyo, Washington DC and West Palm Beach.


Finjan Holdings, Inc

Founded in 1997, Finjan is recognised globally as a cybersecurity pioneer and leader. Finjan’s investment in innovation is captured in its patent portfolio, centred around software and hardware technologies capable of proactively detecting previously unknown and emerging threats on a real-time, behaviour-based basis. Finjan’s software detects malicious code and protects end users from identity and data theft, spyware, malware, phishing, trojans and other online threats. To date, it has successfully licensed its intellectual property to major technology companies for more than $150 million.


Acacia Research Group

Acacia Research Group LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Acacia Research Corporation. Acacia is the industry leader in patent licensing. By partnering with patent owners, Acacia applies its deep legal and technology expertise to patent assets to unlock financial value. An intermediary in the patent market, Acacia facilitates efficiency and delivers monetary rewards to the patent owner. With this strategy, Acacia has generated over $1.1 billion in revenue to date, and has returned more than $691 million to its patent partners.

Information about Acacia Research Group is available at www.acaciaresearch.com.


Intellectual Ventures

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.


Google

Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways in which people connect with information. Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top internet property and its brand one of the most recognised in the world. Google’s patent portfolio of more than 50,000 patent assets is ranked as one of the top patent portfolios in the high-tech industry.


Richardson Oliver Law Group

With more than 60 years of IP strategy and execution experience, Richardson Oliver Law Group is uniquely positioned as a law firm enabling clients to successfully align intellectual property with business strategy. We guide clients through complex IP challenges – such as buying and selling patents, developing licensing programmes, defending against patent assertions and creating a value-driven IP portfolio. We adopt a data-driven perspective of the value of patents that combines our experience and our proprietary database of over 1,600 brokered patent deals containing 27,000 patent assets. We help clients to find patents that meet their needs quickly, understand patent value drivers, develop bidding strategies and value completed purchases for financial reporting. We also help clients to navigate emerging issues such as data protection, privacy, and compliance matters. Our attorneys include three former general counsel – we understand that legal advice needs to be combined with sound business strategy and actionable advice.


Transpacific IP

Transpacific IP Group Limited is the only full-service IP strategy company based in Asia. Established in 2004, the company is headquartered in Singapore with offices in the key Asian technology centres of Taipei, Hsinchu, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo. It has more than 100 seasoned IP and technology veterans with extensive knowledge of and experience with intellectual property in Asian and international markets.

As the world’s leading IP strategist and adviser, Transpacific IP specialises in connecting global IP markets and fostering the development of new technologies. Through its full breadth of IP services – analytics, investments, strategy and transactions – the company assists clients in realising maximum gain from their IP assets. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, universities, research labs, individual inventors and organisations of all sizes.


CPA Global

CPA Global is the world leader in IP management software and IP and legal support services. With offices across Europe, the United States and Asia-Pacific, CPA Global supports many of the world’s best-known corporations and law firms with a range of IP and broader legal services, helping them to manage risk, cost and capacity and realise greater value for their businesses and IP assets. 

CPA Global helps clients to manage valuable IP rights such as patents, designs and trademarks, ensuring that IP portfolios are protected, maintained and regularly reviewed. CPA Global is also a market leader in the outsourced legal services sector, providing high-quality and cost-efficient legal support services through global delivery centres in Europe, the United States and India.

Founded in Jersey in 1969, CPA Global today employs some 2,000 people, serving clients’ needs in 200 jurisdictions through its own offices and an extensive agent network.


Microsoft

Microsoft believes that intellectual property is the currency of innovation. Our patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets protect and enable the development of innovative software to empower every person and organisation on the planet to do more and achieve more. With an annual R&D budget of over $11 billion, no other software company invests as much in innovation.

Our IP portfolio is a strategic asset that provides significant value to the company, our customers and our partners. Microsoft’s portfolio of more than 60,000 issued patents – and more than 35,000 pending worldwide – is consistently rated at the top of the industry by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, OceanTomo and the Patent Board. 

Bronze sponsors

inovia

inovia is the global leader in foreign patent filing, having served more than 1,500 clients. Its global instruction platform, inovia.com, simplifies the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) national stage entry, direct (Paris Convention) filing and European validation processes. For more than 12 years, inovia has saved its clients time and money on their foreign filing work, and today it nationalises more PCT applications than any law firm in the world.

inovia, a member of the RWS Group, has headquarters in New York, offices in London, Munich and Sydney and agents covering more than 130 countries – providing 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.


WiLAN

WiLAN develops and commercialises innovative patented technologies, manages intellectual property and licenses these inventions to corporations. The company operates in a wide range of markets, including automotive, digital television, internet, medical, network management, semiconductor and wireless communication technologies. WiLAN’s wholly owned subsidiary, WiLAN Labs, develops and commercialises innovative solutions to the challenges facing current and next-generation communication networks.


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’ 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.


Papst Licensing GmbH & Co KG

Papst Licensing GmbH & Co KG was established in 1992 by its founder, 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 160 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, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland, Finland and Germany.


TechPats

TechPats is one of the most experienced and established IP consulting firms in the industry. TechPats forms strategic partnerships with its clients, empowering them to grow their businesses, protect their IP assets and strategically position themselves for the future.

TechPats’ IP consulting focuses on portfolio development and management, patent monetisation and IP litigation support. Across these main disciplines, TechPats’ team of experienced engineers, patent agents and attorneys offer comprehensive IP services that help companies to realise, monetise and protect their patents.

With more than 16 years in the patent industry and worldwide offices in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Ottawa and Tokyo, TechPats is well positioned to assist and advise you on your patent strategy.


Tangible IP Ltd

Tangible IP offers full-service patent brokerage and related strategic IP advisory services. It is often touted as being the gold standard for patent brokerage, with more than 2,000 patents sold. Over the years, it has provided clients with strategic insights into their IP strategy, as well as several patent-related services, such as freedom to operate and patentability analysis, landscape studies, patent analysis and valuation, as well as directed inventions. We deliver results.


Parsa Wireless

Parsa Wireless is a global consulting firm that helps companies to assert, defend and manage their patent portfolios. We provide technical assessments of patents in communications technologies, IT systems and electronics. We also provide reverse engineering and patent brokerage services.
We have a team of more than 50 subject-matter experts with PhDs in electrical engineering or related disciplines, as well as 10 to 20 years of industry experience and many patents and technical publications to their credit. Our experts have been active in standards boards, thus helping to create today’s communications standards. We can provide an expert on more than 100 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.


Minesoft Ltd

Minesoft is a global IP information solutions provider, specialising in patent research, monitoring and analysis, IP document retrieval and patent archiving and competitive intelligence.

Minesoft helps organisations to exploit the commercial value of intellectual property and scientific information throughout the innovation process. Serving Fortune 500/FTSE 100 companies and specialist IP, patent attorney and search firms worldwide, Minesoft combines cutting-edge technology and industry expertise with responsive service to provide a streamlined and critical business and legal resource across sectors. 

An established portfolio of innovative products and services includes patent research and analysis platform PatBase; IP document services PatentOrder and Tempus IP; IP legal review tools PatentTracker and Legal Status Tracker; and custom solutions for patent knowledge management and competitive intelligence, including PatentArchive.

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in London, Minesoft serves a growing global client base, with offices and partners worldwide, including in Washington DC, Dusseldorf, Tokyo and Beijing.


ktMINE

ktMINE is an IP database firm focused on mining, organising and connecting the world’s IP information. By aggregating IP in a single location, ktMINE is able to make connections across data sets and create custom applications for a broad range of research needs. From IP valuation to business development, ktMINE reduces the time needed to make critical business decisions.  

ktMINE

Wisdomain Inc

Established in 1999, Wisdomain specialises in patent-mining solutions that enable IP professionals to search and analyse worldwide technology sectors to make faster, better, more cost-effective IP business decisions. Wisdomain’s flagship product, ActionablePatents.com, is a leading patent search and analysis solution with a series of advanced tools designed to integrate big patent data into ready-to-use information for IP professionals and IP-intensive organisations all across industries. In Spring 2014 the company also launched automated report-generation solution IP Intellisource, which eliminates research and data compilation work by instantly providing user-specified patent analytics reports containing actionable information. Wisdomain products are currently available in three languages: English, Korean and Japanese. 


Merchant & Gould

Merchant & Gould (M&G) is an IP law firm. For over 115 years, M&G has helped emerging and established companies, universities, venture capitalists and Fortune 500 and 100 companies stay ahead of the curve to gain leverage in new and existing markets. Our team of over 100 attorneys, registered patent agents and technical experts thrives on the complex, the simple, the creative, the big picture and the microscopic details that position our clients for business success locally, nationally and around the world. 

Approximately half of M&G's practice involves securing, licensing, maintaining and counselling on IP matters. The other half involves dispute resolution, litigation and appeals.

M&G is distinctly qualified and passionate about partnering with our clients to achieve their goals. We bring a mix of deep technical experience, exceptional trial advocacy skills and an affordable rate structure to provide valuable, highly effective and cost-efficient representation.  


Conversant

Conversant is a global IP management company known for its principled approach to patent licensing and its consistent delivery of results to companies with extensive IP holdings. With a portfolio of more than 12,500 patents and patent applications under management, Conversant has special expertise in semiconductors, communications and automotive technology. The company also develops innovative flash memory technology for mass storage applications. Founded in 1975, Conversant has offices in Ottawa (Ontario), Plano (Texas) and Luxembourg.

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Lecorpio

Lecorpio is the leader in IP management and analytics solutions, helping companies to turn ideas into assets efficiently and effectively. Our suite of applications spans the entire IP lifecycle, including invention disclosure, patent, trademark, licensing, legal spend and general matter management. The solution includes integrated workflow, document store and analytics capabilities that reduce low-value busy work and risk while increasing IP management time and value.


Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear and powerful in Dolby.


AISTEMOS

AISTEMOS aims to revolutionise the way in which intellectual property is understood and exploited, and has assembled a world-class team that brings together the very best of IP and data science to offer a unique range of IP strategy analytics and risk management services.


Our first product is Cipher, recognised as the first data analytics solution to aggregate, analyse and visualise the world’s patent, litigation and licensing data. Our mission is to provide a trusted source of business intelligence relating to intellectual property and to create a common language which can be used across the entire business community without the need for specialist knowledge. 

 

Cipher has been piloted by over 100 organisations working in advisory, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and development, fund management, equity research and consultancy. Thanks to the insights provided by Cipher, we can support our clients across a broad range of strategic initiatives.  


Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Mintz Levin is not your standard legal practice. We act as your partner at every stage of the patent portfolio monetisation process. Our patent litigation and monetisation team has evolved the practice of patent law to include ‘soup-to-nuts’ patent revenue generation services.  We mine and categorise your portfolio to identify technologies with market promise; assess patents with the greatest potential for revenue generation; develop your message for the market; and create and implement a revenue stream strategy.  We have a successful record of helping our clients to generate a total of more than $500 million in revenue through sale, licensing and litigation. Mintz Levin’s team is skilled in the art of negotiation and known in the marketplace for its no-nonsense, business-focused attitude.  Should negotiation fail to provide desired results, the firm’s professionals are seasoned litigators with significant success, both in district courts across the country and at the International Trade Commission.


284 Partners

284 Partners is a premier IP consulting firm. We provide clients with unparalleled expertise in the areas of valuation, litigation support, licensing strategy and transactions. Our experts have testified on matters ranging from valuation to licensing, infringement damages, taxation, breach of contract, bankruptcy and much more. We provide strategic guidance in the areas of licensing and transactions for IP assets that include implementation patents, standard-essential patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright and know-how. 

Our people are our most valuable asset. They are very experienced and hold, or have held, leadership positions in a myriad of organisations focused on IP development and transaction best practices. These positions have included the president of the Licensing Executives Society USA and Canada (LES), various board positions for LES, division and committee chairmanships for the IP Section of the American Bar Association and committee founding and chairmanships for the Intellectual Property Owners Association. 


RWS Group

RWS Translation Division is a world-leading patent translation, filing and search services specialist.

The IP Translation Division offers translations for information and litigation purposes, translation and filing worldwide via national and Patent Cooperation Treaty routes, and European patent translation and validation.  

The Information Division conducts patent and design searches, patent watches, file wrapper status, inspections and status reports and non-patent literature searches. Also available is PatBase, a professional international patent database developed in partnership with Minesoft Limited.

The group employs over 600 staff worldwide, including in-house qualified, subject-specialist translators and searchers. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, it has offices in Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the United States.  


Relecura

Relecura provides a powerful IP analysis and intelligence platform that helps various stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem to evaluate, manage and maximise the value of their intellectual property, with decision support at every stage of the IP lifecycle. The Relecura platform provides an entire spectrum of IP solutions delivered across multiple platforms, including a mobile app, a web-based tool and powerful custom application program interfaces for data access, analytics and visualisation.
 
Relecura was founded in 2009 with a mission to simplify the process of distilling insights and employing IP data in support of new idea creation, strategic decision making and maximising return on R&D investment. The platform extracts key concepts and ideas from patent data across multiple jurisdictions to deliver actionable IP intelligence – by helping to identify licensing opportunities, enabling accurate technology and competitive intelligence gathering and spotting strategic IP-related business opportunities. The company has offices in the San Francisco Bay area and Bangalore, India.

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Gerchen Keller Capital

Gerchen Keller Capital (GKC) is the largest investment and advisory firm focused exclusively on legal and regulatory risk. GKC provides capital and other financing solutions to companies, law firms and investment funds involved with or invested in complex litigation, arbitration and transactional matters. Through multiple private funds, GKC manages more than $900 million in assets for endowment, pension and investment funds, financial institutions and select family offices.

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Questel

Questel offers a comprehensive suite of online services for productivity and collaboration dedicated to intellectual property. Questel covers the entire innovation cycle, from idea to product, including competitive intelligence, technology scouting, innovation capture, invention disclosure workflow, prior art searching, patent portfolio management, valuation and licensing.

Questel offers a complete and unique collection of IP databases that can be visualised, analysed, shared and archived online. For each stage of innovation, Questel also offers consulting services, as well as online and onsite training.

Established in 1970, Questel is present in more than 30 countries with offices in Paris, London, Washington, Tokyo and Beijing. More than 3,000 companies worldwide and 50,000 users rely on Questel.
Its solutions target different company actors across the business development, R&D, IP, legal, strategic, financial and licensing departments.


Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC specialises in the protection, evaluation, transfer and enforcement of IP rights. Located in Washington DC, the firm has more than 35 years’ experience in helping to strategise, build and enforce worldwide IP portfolios, including inter partes matters (eg, inter partes reviews, lawsuits, appeals, oppositions and reexaminations), preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications before the United States and foreign patent offices, and advising on portfolio strategies (eg, valuation, acquisition and due diligence).

Sterne Kessler is distinguished by the strong technical experience and knowledge of its team. Most attorneys and agents have earned an advanced technical degree (including more than 60 PhDs) and hold significant industry or academic experience across a wide spectrum of technical areas, including electronics, software, biotechnology, clean technology, pharmaceuticals, digital healthcare, chemical products and processes, as well as industrial and consumer products.


Dominion Harbor

Dominion Harbor Group (DHG) is the leading rational voice in an increasingly complex IP marketplace. DHG is led by seasoned legal, technical, engineering and financial professionals dedicated to the premise that patents are a sacrosanct and critical component of the US and global commercial marketplaces. DHG’s management has generated over $500 million in client licensing revenues and negotiated thousands of licence agreements on behalf of clients ranging from individual inventors to small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. The firm’s highly experienced team manages, protects, monetises, defends and preserves the IP portfolios of its clients. DHG helps its clients to realise appropriate value for their innovations.


Black Stone IP

Black Stone IP, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, is the first IP private bank focused on special situation transactions of patents and trade secrets.

We advise operating companies on trading intellectual property and technology assets. We draw our service inspiration from the world's best traditional private banks, and our IP experience from 20 years of creating and transacting patents and trade secrets globally. We serve as trusted agents and intermediaries in complex deals for clients with high IP net worth, with specific emphasis on transaction-related risks and their mitigation. 


Unified Patents

Unified Patents was founded in 2012 to provide operating companies with an alternative resource to curb abusive patent litigation. Unified addresses the risk and cost of non-practising entity (NPE) litigation by strategically protecting areas of technology such as cloud storage, content delivery electronic payments and wireless. Unified’s unique solution draws on the mutual need of large companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups to proactively deter NPE activity. Among the services provided by Unified are patent transaction reports, litigation monitoring, prior art searches and invalidity studies.


Anaqua

Anaqua provides IP management software and services to some of the world’s leading IP owners. These include ANAQUA Enterprise for large IP owners, ANAQUA Express for smaller IP teams, ANAQUA Element for cloud-based IP management, ANAQUA Essential for law firms and ANAQUA Services for IP maintenance payments. The ANAQUA products are designed for all types of intellectual property, including inventions, patents, trademarks and more.

Anaqua manages the full IP lifecycle and is a completely web-based system with automated workflow, integrated document and email management and advanced query and reporting. It is designed to enhance business productivity and IP visibility for all participants in the IP management process.

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Innography

Innography provides better answers to questions about intellectual property to help organisations to improve their business results. Innography’s proprietary software suite combines unique correlation and visualisation technologies to enable users quickly to gain valuable insights for managing, extending and exploiting their patent portfolios. Founded in 2007 and based in Austin, Texas, Innography is the world’s premier IP business intelligence provider. 

In 2014 Innography won two content CODiE awards for Best Legal Information Solution and Best Service Using Aggregated Content. In April 2014 Innography was listed in the Open Data 500, a comprehensive study of US-based companies that leverage open government data and extrapolate value commercially. Most recently, Innography’s Advanced Analysis platform was named as a finalist for the 2014 American Business Awards.


Nokia Technologies

Nokia invests in technologies important in a world where billions of devices are connected. We are focused on three businesses: network infrastructure software, hardware and services, which we offer through Nokia Networks; location intelligence, which we provide through HERE; and advanced technology development and licensing, which we pursue through Nokia Technologies. Each of these businesses is a leader in its respective field.

Nokia Technologies develops and licenses cutting-edge innovations that are powering the next revolution in computing and mobility: a ’programmable world’ where intelligent connections bring millions of everyday objects online and create exciting new possibilities. We are expanding Nokia’s successful patent licensing programme and helping other companies and organisations to benefit from our innovations. Additionally, we are exploring the possibility of utilising new technologies in our own future products and services.

 


Marathon Patent Group

Marathon Patent Group is a patent and patent rights acquisition and licensing company. We acquire patents and patent rights from patent holders ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 500 companies. Our strategy of acquiring patents that cover a varied scope of subject matter allows us to achieve diversity within our patent asset portfolio.

Supported by

International IP Commercialization Council

IIPCC is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation that provides a platform for the business and innovator communities to increase their understanding of intellectual property and seek resources to unleash the value and commercialisation potential of their creative and innovative intellectual property into products, services or processes. IIPCC embraces commercialisation of intellectual property that promotes sustainable economic growth, protects the environment, creates jobs for all social strata and improves quality of life. 

IIPCC’s mission is to promote IP education for business, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, policymakers and professionals; promote good IP practices and standards towards certification for effective commercialisation in the regional and global markets; and provide social and business networks for IP commercialisation opportunities.

IIPCC comprises a highly structured networking system that enables
interaction and encourages innovation and commercialisation at all levels, thus providing a platform for the circulation of innovations and facilitating an entrepreneurial ecosystem for IP commercialisation to benefit regional and global communities.


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.


Autoharvest

AutoHarvest Foundation, a 501(C) non-profit organisation, created and operates a unique innovation ecosystem led by some of the most highly respected figures in the automotive and manufacturing industries. 

AutoHarvest.org is the world’s only truly neutral and global online meeting place for innovators of all types with an interest in advanced manufacturing. This system allows users of all types to showcase capabilities, technologies and needs system-wide and then privately connect with fellow inventors and commercialisers to explore technology and business development opportunities of mutual interest.

The AutoHarvest interest group comprises over 250 prominent R&D and manufacturing organisations from industry, government and academia.


The Association of Corporate Counsel

  

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global bar association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives.

Many ACC members join practice area-specific committees that operate within our membership to achieve more focused networking and educational opportunities.  Our IP committee has 5,500 members who hold regular webcasts and assist with the development of IP-related resources.

With more than 33,000 members employed by over 10,000 organisations in more than 75 countries, the ACC connects its members to each other and to the people and resources necessary for their personal and professional growth.

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.


Lexology

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


International Law Office

Launched in 1998, the International Law Office (ILO) is the nexus where global corporate counsel engage with the world’s preeminent law firms, and with each other. The ILO brand encompasses a multifaceted online resource for senior international corporate counsel, which provides tailored, qualityassured 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 Association of Corporate Counsel, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association Section of International Law, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the European Company Lawyers Association.