Sponsors

Platinum sponsor

Clarivate Analytics

Clarivate Analytics accelerates the pace of innovation by providing trusted insights and analytics to customers around the world, enabling them to discover, protect and commercialise new ideas faster. Formerly the IP and science business of Thomson Reuters, we have assisted customers for over 60 years. Now an independent company with over 4,000 employees operating in more than 100 countries, we remain expert, objective and agile.

Host country sponsor

TechInsights

For over 25 years TechInsights has been a trusted patent and technology partner to the world’s largest and most successful companies, including 37 of the top 50 US patent holders.

In 2017 Chipworks merged with TechInsights to create a global leader in patent services and technology intelligence for advanced technology. Our combined company gives us leading reverse engineering and analysis capabilities, the most extensive database of technology intelligence and an unmatched team of patent and technology experts.

By revealing the innovation that others cannot inside advanced technology, business and technology leaders trust us to prove patent value and make the best, fact-based IP and technology investment decisions.

Headquartered in Ottawa Canada, TechInsights’ patent and technology analysts deliver specialised products and services from global offices. 

Gold sponsors

Sisvel

Founded in Italy in 1982 as Sisvel SpA, the Sisvel Group has become a world leader in managing intellectual property and maximising the value of patent rights. Sisvel is global in scope and reach, with companies in Italy, the United States, China, Japan, Germany, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom and over 100 professionals worldwide with engineering, legal and licensing expertise. Sisvel has a long history of managing successful patent portfolios, including those related to the MP3 and MPEG audio technologies and widespread technologies such as on-screen displays, automatic tuning and sorting systems and widescreen signalling (for automatic switching of television image formats). Sisvel currently operates patent pools for the DVB-T, DVB-T2, DVB-C2, LTE and Wi-Fi standards, together with its Sisvel wireless licensing programme.


TechPats

TechPats is the world’s leading full-service IP consulting firm. We bring together patent expertise, technical excellence and business acumen across a wide range of markets and technologies. We form strong partnerships with our clients, empowering them to grow their businesses, protect and profit from their IP assets and strategically position themselves for the future.

Our comprehensive services include IP and licensing strategy, litigation support, portfolio management, reverse engineering and testing, valuation and IP rights support and expert witnessing. With veteran IP talent and reverse engineering specialists, we have helped countless operating companies and law firms maximise all phases of their IP endeavours.

Founded in 1998, we have nearly 20 years’ experience analysing global trends in innovation. With offices in Philadelphia, Ottawa, San Francisco, Tokyo and Taipei, we are well positioned to assist our clients to develop, protect and monetise patent portfolios with efficiency and precision.


Questel

Questel provides a comprehensive suite of web-based services for productivity and collaboration dedicated to intellectual property. Covering the entire innovation cycle, from idea to product, Questel’s offerings include:                                                

  • competitive intelligence and technological landscaping;
  • ideation management and innovation capture;
  • technology scouting and licensing-in;
  • invention management and prior-art searching;
  • portfolio management and pruning; and
  • licensing-out and monetisation.

Our comprehensive and unique collection of IP databases can be analysed, shared and archived. For each stage of innovation, we also offer consulting services, as well as online and on-site training.

Established in 1978, Questel is present in more than 30 countries – with offices in Paris, London, Bonn, Washington DC, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Shanghai. Trusted by more than 3,000 companies worldwide and 100,000 users, our solutions target a large audience across business development, R&D, legal, financial and licensing departments.


IPVALUE

IPVALUE is a leading IP commercialisation firm that focuses on delivering return on invention to owners of marquee IP portfolios, such as blue-chip technology companies, R&D labs and other inventive organisations. IPVALUE has delivered over $1.4 billion in IP revenues to its clients – a performance unmatched by any other patent licensing company. IPVALUE commercialises portfolios in a range of technologies, from semiconductor processing and components to wireless devices, e-commerce and advanced IT systems. IPVALUE deploys best-in-class expertise and resources to optimise revenues from patent portfolios. IPVALUE’s agency model is unique in the industry – it provides patent owners with unprecedented control and involvement throughout the monetisation cycle and offers them unparalleled protection against changing priorities and strategies. Owned by Vector Capital, a $2 billion private equity fund, IPVALUE is strategy driven to succeed and is well geared to become the partner of choice when monetising IP assets in the IP Industry 2.0. 


Via Licensing Corporation

Via Licensing Corporation is a world-leading provider of IP solutions, such as patent pools. Via maintains deep relationships with global leaders in the technology and entertainment fields, as well as other highly innovative companies from around the world. Via administers patent pools that promote innovation in technologies such as audio, broadcast and wireless.  


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 39,000 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.


Richardson Oliver Law Group

With over 60 years’ IP strategy and execution experience, the Richardson Oliver Law Group (ROL Group) successfully aligns intellectual property with business strategy. With two former general counsels and internationally recognised top-level IP strategists, it enables clients to capitalise on opportunities and find creative solutions at the heart of business, technology and the law. The ROL Group provides clients with access to its proprietary database representing $14 billion worth of patent buying opportunities. The database spans over 3,900 patent deals – with over 92,000 patent assets – and allows clients to find the best patent buying opportunities, optimise their buying and selling programmes and make data-driven business decisions. The ROL Group the skills and experience necessary to achieve business goals in initial IP and privacy programme set-up, strategy options development and counter-assertion patent buying programmes.


VALUENEX, Inc

VALUENEX, Inc is an algorithm and artificial intelligence development company that was founded in Tokyo in 2006 by Tatsuo Nakamura. The creation of proprietary algorithms and development of panoramic-view analytics software led to breakthroughs in IP research and big data analytics. This formed the foundation of VALUENEX, a consulting and solution services business that has become an industry leader in Japan. In 2014 VALUENEX opened its first US office in Menlo Park, California.

VALUENEX's objective is to be an intellectual innovator and industry leader in the world's largest business-to-business enterprise software market, providing the most dynamic, visualised and precise analytics software solutions, along with the highest-quality consulting expertise and technical support for customers. With its user-friendly Intellectual Property Dashboard, VALUENEX can customise solutions to meet client needs in:

  • R&D strategy and white space analysis;
  • IP monetisation and evaluation;
  • financial instrument and asset management analysis and leveraging; and
  • legal analysis.

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.


WiLAN

WiLAN is one of the most successful patent licensing companies in the world. It helps companies unlock the value of intellectual property by managing and licensing their patent portfolios. WiLAN operates in a variety of markets including automotive, digital television, internet, medical, semiconductor and wireless communication technologies. Founded in 1992, WiLAN is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.  


Vectis

Vectis is an IP and technology licensing company which believes in the key role of intellectual property in promoting innovation. Vectis supports a level playing field for IP owners and implementers, working with both to unlock the full value of innovation sharing. With its global reach, Vectis is a solution provider and a contributor to a fairer and more sustainable innovation system. Our mission is to offer dedicated services, leveraging our professional and collaborative approach, with both new and longstanding partners. Giustino de Sanctis is the founder and CEO of Vectis.


Borden Ladner Gervais

Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) is an integrated Canadian law firm that provides a broad range of legal solutions to our clients. Its IP group has proven expertise in providing services to the technology sector, employing a multi-disciplinary approach to ensuring clients receive innovative, precise and practical solutions for their legal requirements.

Whether structuring a sophisticated IP-based transaction, formulating globally focused patent strategies, assisting with trademark selection and clearance, drafting licence agreements, enforcing IP rights or defending against allegations of IP infringement, BLG will assist them in achieving the best possible results in an efficient and cost-effective manner. It is responsible for over 58,000 patent applications and patents, over 50,000 trademark applications and registrations and over 4,000 industrial design applications and registrations.

BLG boasts one of the largest high-tech patent teams in Canada, comprising professionals holding advanced degrees in a wide range of engineering, science and technology fields – which include physics, electrical engineering and computer software – bringing an insider's understanding to their practice. Its clients can rely on its services in high-tech fields including financial technology, autonomous vehicles, wireless technology, semiconductors and integrated circuits, security, medical devices, solar energy, microelectronics, digital media, software and business method patents, internet gaming and apps, light-wave technology, microwave technology, sonar information systems and telecommunications.

In addition, members of the IP group work closely with lawyers in other specialised areas, including tax, mergers and acquisitions, banking, capital markets, competition, insurance, employment and litigation, to provide a full range of legal services.


Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

Philips Intellectual Property & Standards (IP&S) proactively pursues the creation of new intellectual property in close cooperation with Philips’ operating businesses and Philips Group Innovation. Philips IP&S is a leading industrial IP organisation that provides world-class IP solutions to Philips businesses to support their growth, competitiveness and profitability.

Philips' IP portfolio consists of 79,000 patent rights, 49,000 trademarks, 86,000 design rights and 4,400 domain names. Philips filed 1,690 patents in 2016, with a strong focus on growth areas in health and well-being.

Philips IP&S participates in the setting of standards to create new business opportunities. Employing around 300 people, Philips IP&S has a strong global presence with offices in key countries, which allows it to create and exploit the Philips IP portfolio while working closely with internal and external customers.


IAM Market

An online marketplace for buy and sell-side practitioners, IAM Market brings together people who see the commercial value of intellectual property and technology and want to do business together. IAM Market aims to simplify the IP transactions market, as well as making it more transparent.

It allows IP owners to profile their licensing, sales operations and technology transfer programmes, as well as provide details of specific rights that they are interested in transacting. Meanwhile, it allows IP buyers to search IP assets based on industry, technology and transaction type, while also facilitating requests for intellectual property and technology. IAM has no stake in or knowledge of the deals.


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.


Intralink

Founded in 1990, Intralink works with IP-rich companies from Europe and North America to develop and execute licensing programs for the key markets in Asia-Pacific. The company has offices in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan and a staff of over 70 full-time, bilingual people.

Intralink has experience of working with intellectual property across a broad range of technologies and sectors, from semiconductors and photonics to telecoms and displays. The company works for some of the best-known technology companies in the world and, through its patent licensing activities, has concluded agreenents with many of Asia’s leading original equipment manufacturers. The company has also licensed enabling technologies in the electronics, energy, automotive and biotech fields. 

Intralink has offices in London, Berlin, Boston and Silicon Valley and, through its presence in Asia, strong relationships with the IP and licensing departments of Asia’s major patent holders.

Silver sponsors

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.


AT&T

AT&T Intellectual Property manages one of the world's largest and most valuable IP portfolios. It is building on AT&T’s 140-year heritage of breakthroughs and innovation – including eight Nobel Prizes – by fostering a culture of continuous innovation to ensure an ongoing stream of patent grants for leading-edge technologies. On average, it receives more than five AT&T-issued patents (US and foreign) per business day which span a broad array of technology areas far beyond today’s telecommunications business.

Some of its key patent technology areas include communications and entertainment, customer experience, cloud computing and applications, wireless technologies and applications, mobile applications and content delivery, and networking and data transmission. AT&T’s philosophy is to protect its intellectual property optimally, respect the intellectual property of others and license or sell its intellectual property to others in order to foster continued innovation in society.


Google

Google's mission is to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, G Suite, Android, Google Play, Chrome, and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely known companies in the world. Google’s patent portfolio of more than 50,000 patent assets is consistently ranked as one of the top patent portfolios in the high-tech industry.


Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey is a global investment bank with expertise in M&A, capital markets, financial restructuring, valuation and strategic consulting. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of its commitment to client success across its advisory services. Houlihan Lokey‘s tech+IP advisory group provides a unique focus on helping world-renowned clients extract maximum value from their intellectual property as a strategic corporate asset.

The tech+IP advisory group provides strategic transaction, valuation, M&A advisory, IP-backed capital formation and restructuring, and analytic services focused on technology and intellectual property for hundreds of innovative companies and market leaders globally. While individual deals come and go, its focus is on clients’ business success. The tech+IP team uses its expertise and insights to evaluate strategic alternatives and create tradable deals. It has clients ranging from Global 100 corporations to emerging and medium-sized companies throughout North America, Europe and East Asia.

Houlihan Lokey understands that companies driven by innovation require the sophistication of an adviser that has the experience and expertise to think ahead of the market and utilise solid industry relationships to help solve their toughest technology and IP challenges. 


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.  


Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc.

Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc is a company comprised of patent licensing professionals, which offers IP management services. With a portfolio of thousands of patents and patent applications under management, Conversant has expertise in semiconductors and communications. As the IP marketplace becomes increasingly complex, our partners turn to us to help them realise the full potential of their portfolios as competitive tools and sources of income.

Our people have extensive expertise in technology creation and innovation, patent prosecution, patent mining, global licensing and patent litigation management. With these skills comes responsibility, and we pride ourselves on our commitment to transparency, due diligence and respectful negotiation. We believe that strong, reasonable and ethical enforcement of high-quality patents is healthy for knowledge-based economies.

Founded in 1975, Conversant and its subsidiary Core Wireless Licensing have offices in Ottawa, Plano and Luxembourg. 

Bronze sponsors

Andrews Kurth Kenyon

Andrews Kurth Kenyon provides in-depth legal advice to help move clients’ businesses forward. Today, more than ever, intellectual property is at the heart of the most pressing issues for many businesses. Whether securing the IP rights needed to fully protect investments in R&D, technology, branding or information services or navigating businesses through the IP thicket presented by their competition, its team of nearly 90 IP lawyers, litigators and patent agents has the technical, legal and business experience to guide businesses efficiently and effectively.

Its attorneys and patent agents serve clients in a cost-effective and efficient manner in federal court litigation, US Patent and Trademark Office post-grant proceedings, trademark oppositions and cancellations, International Trade Commission proceedings, patent prosecution, counselling and portfolio management, trademark prosecution, trademark clearance, copyright counselling, trade secrets and unfair competition, brand and technology licensing and development agreements, social media counselling and data security and privacy counselling. 


Aistemos

Aistemos was founded to empower the IP community by pioneering business communication in intellectual property to create a global conversation. Aistemos has brought together the best of intellectual property and cutting-edge artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop Cipher, our world-class IP analytics tool.

Cipher has aggregated data from leading providers to provide competitive intelligence and transaction support. Used by companies across a broad range of sectors, as well as investors and advisers. It brings clarity to a landscape that has been shrouded by unnecessary complexity.

Our mission is to provide a trusted source of business intelligence relating to intellectual property and to create a common language that can be used by the business community without the need for specialist knowledge.


Tynax

Following more than a decade’s experience of patent brokering, Tynax has built the world’s first business process automation system tailored to the needs of patent buyers. 

Buyers receive a private-labelled management console where they can track all aspects of the organisations’ patent purchasing activities. Collaboration tools connect analysts with buyers and other members of the patent-buying team. Sellers and brokers are kept up-to-date on the evaluation and intake process through an online portal and automated email alerts.  

The system is designed to hunt down litigation-quality patents and evidence of use (EOU). The hunt starts with more than 350,000 high-tech patents that have previously been rated and are available for sale. The search continues via custom database spiders and seller outreach programmes.

Combined with professional services, including patent analysis and EOU research, this streamlined patent intake system means quality patent portfolios can be assembled more quickly and efficiently than ever before.


Evalueserve

Evalueserve is a global professional services provider offering research, analytics and data management services. It is powered by mind and machine – a unique combination of human expertise and best-in-class technologies. This approach enables us to design and manage processes that can generate and harness insights on a large scale, significantly cutting costs and timescales and helping businesses that partner with us to overtake the competition. We work with clients across a wide range of industries and business functions, helping them to make better decisions faster, reach new levels of efficiency and effectiveness and see a tangible impact on their top and bottom line. 


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.


IEEE

IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence. IEEE and its 430,000 members are the force behind innovation. 

IEEE, along with IP.com, has developed InnovationQ Plus – a new innovation discovery and analytics platform that combines deep engineering knowledge from IEEE content with IP.com’s global patent and non-patent literature. Powered by IP.com’s proprietary cognitive retrieval engine, InnovationQ Plus rapidly sifts through massive amounts of big data to quickly and efficiently pinpoint relevant patents, applications and non-patent literature, delivering industry-leading search results.

InnovationQ Plus enables IP discovery, analysis and mapping of patent and non-patent material in one easy-to-use, highly accurate search tool.


Crown Point Transactions

Crown Point Transactions is a premier IP advisory and monetisation firm that continuously delivers results. It advises on the most difficult IP decisions and programmes, including multi-year monetisation plans, litigation financing and structuring multi-party deals. Its clients include Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, AM Law 200 law firms and the most innovative inventors in the world. 


CPA Global North America LLC

CPA Global is the world’s leading IP management and technology company.

Trusted by many of the world’s most respected corporations and law firms, CPA Global empowers a global community to achieve excellence in IP management.

It supports the day-to-day delivery of IP functions and provide the right information at the right time, enabling professionals to make better IP decisions for the future.

Its integrated suite of IP software, services and information is underpinned by an outstanding global team of IP people.

Now it offers customers The IP Platform: delivering integrated innovation and IP portfolio software, services and insights across the entire idea lifecycle, supporting customers every step of the way to realise the value of their ideas.


Burford Capital

Burford Capital is a leading global finance firm focused on law. Its businesses include litigation finance and risk management, asset recovery and a wide range of legal finance and advisory activities. Burford is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange, and works with law firms and clients worldwide from its principal offices in New York, London and Chicago.


Adminius

Adminius is an independent one-stop-shop for licensors and licensing companies looking to outsource their back-office processes, information technology (IT) systems and tax matters. As an experienced independent back office, Adminius provides superior support to licence programmes through customised IT solutions and standardised and automated processes. This allows licence organisations to focus fully on managing the licence programme(s), without being distracted by IT projects or administrative and tax-related activities.

Based on the distinct requirements of a licence programme, Adminius designs and builds IT solutions that are specifically tailored to support the license programme, increasing its efficiency and effectiveness.

Adminius processes (cross) licence agreements, invoices royalties to licensees, collects the royalties and distributes them accordingly. Through a web portal licensees submit royalty statements that result in invoices specifying royalties due while taking all domestic royalty-related taxes and international tax treaties into account.


Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar is Canada’s largest IP and technology law firm. It works with global and domestic businesses and law firms to help them to secure, protect and maximise the value of their innovations and IP investments in Canada.

Consistently recognised as the leading Canadian IP firm by a wide range of third-party domestic and international rankings, Smart & Biggar has been providing the world’s most successful and innovative businesses with sophisticated and creative IP solutions for over 100 years.

From five offices across Canada, and through a worldwide network of associate firms, Smart & Biggar offers the full complement of IP services across all practice areas, including:

  • patents;
  • trademarks;
  • licensing and IP transactions;
  • IP management and strategic counselling;
  • IP litigation;
  • copyright and media;
  • industrial design;
  • life sciences and regulatory compliance; and
  • M&A.

Quatela Lynch McCurdy

Quatela Lynch McCurdy (QLM) advises business leaders worldwide on leveraging intellectual property to achieve strategic corporate growth objectives. Led by principals Laura Quatela, Timothy Lynch and Daniel McCurdy, the firm draws from an extensive network of technologists, attorneys and negotiators to evaluate and manage IP portfolios; develop and implement IP strategies; structure and deploy IP teams; build and execute monetisation programmes; and advise on business transactions covering a broad array of products and services worldwide. To enhance successful outcomes, QLM engages directly with owners, corporate boards, CEOs and other executive management, focusing on the objectives identified by the most senior organisational leadership. QLM delivers synthesised, actionable plans and advice to resolve critical business issues and leverage intellectual property to reduce costs and expand revenues. On behalf of Kodak, IBM, Technicolor, Alcatel Lucent and others, the QLM team has generated over $5 billion in revenue from IP transactions. With more than 60 years of combined experience among the QLM principals as senior operating executives, QLM offers considered advice and proven results.


iRunway

iRunway provides intricate source code analysis, circuit analysis, product testing, reverse engineering and financial analysis services to help patent owners unlock and protect the value of their patents. The deep technological expertise of its team enables clients to identify and isolate critical technical evidence to support infringement theories, thus improving litigation and licensing outcomes.

iRunway has expertise in multiple domains including software, electrical, hardware, semiconductor, telecommunications, networking, medical devices and biotechnology. Over the years, the firm has helped its clients win multiple billions in jury verdicts and settlements.


Intellectual Property Associates Network

The Intellectual Property Network (ipan) is a global organisation of more than 100 IP agents and firms. Since 2004 it has been providing integrated solutions to many of the world’s largest and most sophisticated IP departments and companies. The company has pioneered a unique integrated approach which improves data quality while performing lifecycle IP services (including patent annuities and trademark renewals) to meet any administrative need. ipan’s innovative offerings, which were cited as a ‘disruptive’ new approach in a 2016 Hyperion Marketview Report, provides immediate and ongoing cost savings between 10% and 30% and substantially reduces internal administration overheads.


Ocean Tomo

Ocean Tomo, the Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ firm, provides financial services related to intellectual property and intangible assets. Subsidiaries of Ocean Tomo include Ocean Tomo Investments Group, LLC, a registered broker dealer. 

Its services are built on more than two decades of experience valuing intellectual property in the most rigorous of venues – state, federal and international courts. Its financial, market and technical experts provide a unique understanding of the contributory value of proprietary innovation. This is the cornerstone of its business. This insight permeates every practice.

Ocean Tomo has:

  • completed over 1000 engagements involving intellectual property worth in excess of $10 billion including over 300 valuation and 500 financial damages expert testimony engagements;
  • closed hundreds of IP sale transactions with a cumulative transaction value in excess of $750 million; and
  • originated more IP monetization solutions than any other firm, including creation of the live patent auction.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm built on the belief that the best way to serve clients is to be in tune with their world, aligned with their opportunity and ambitious for their success.

Building on over 100 years of excellence, its IP professionals help clients to protect their innovations wherever their business takes them. Combined with the bench strength of its business law team, Gowling’s professionals are uniquely positioned to help clients leverage their IP assets effectively.

Gowling delivers the full complement of services in all areas of intellectual property, including patents, industrial designs, trademarks, brands, copyright and anti-counterfeiting as well as licensing, transactions and M&A. It has expertise in contentious and non-contentious IP services across a range of industries, and many of its professionals have specialist expertise in science, engineering and technology. Gowling manages clients’ patent and trademark assets in over 100 countries through its prosecution services.


Papst Licensing

Papst Licensing GmbH & Co KG was established in 1992 by 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 patents concluding over 175 licence agreements with virtually all renowned companies in the information technology 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 patent infringements of quality patents, with the aim to secure licenses from infringers. Operating investor independent, the Papst family is in its third generation of licensing and advancing innovation. Papst Licensing’s expertise gives companies – especially small and medium-sized businesses – the ability to participate in the world patent monetisation and licensing market.


Chofn

Founded in 2002, Chofn has grown into one of the largest Chinese IP firms with over 1,400 employees and offices in 17 major Chinese cities. It offers a one-stop, full-service shop for all IP matters including patent, trademark, copyright and domain name issues. Apart from patent and trademark attorneys and attorneys at law, Chofn also has in-house translators, patent and trademark search professionals and investigators for anti-counterfeiting and acquiring evidence. With these leading professionals in the IP legal industry, Chofn can provide quality IP services including prosecution, search and analysis, strategy, licensing and transactions, enforcement and litigation. In particular, it can offer excellent services at a reasonable rate. As a client-oriented firm, Chofn prides itself in its prompt response and pragmatic solutions to clients' IP problems. It is always ready to tailor its services to clients’ specific needs.  


Boehmert & Boehmert

Boehmert & Boehmert – with its main office in Munich and further offices in Berlin, Bremen, Dusseldorf, Alicante and Paris – specialises in IP law. The majority of its more than 130 professionals are patent attorneys, while others are attorneys at law specialising in intellectual property. The firm is active in all fields of industrial property, copyright and competition law. Its patent attorneys are active in all of the traditional science and engineering disciplines.

Boehmert & Boehmert’s attorneys focus on the acquisition, defence and assertion of patents, utility models, industrial designs and trademarks, as well as on competition law and consulting services in relation to the drafting and conclusion of licence and cooperation agreements. The firm supports companies in the building of IP management processes and departments, as well as with regard to employee invention rights. Partners of the firm are active as academic teachers in various IP fields.


IPlytics

IPlytics Platform is an IP intelligence tool that augments the analysis of technology landscapes and a company’s competitive position. IPlytics Platform goes beyond patent data by linking and processing over 80 million patents to 60 million scientific articles, 2 million standards and standard-essential patents, and 3 million pieces of company information on one single platform.

The tool helps users to perform analysis in the fields of patent valuation, landscaping, licensing, transfer or litigation. The intuitive graphical user interface allows users to easily navigate, analyse and drill down into information, enabling in-depth technology analysis or a long-term monitoring of market segments. With just a few clicks IPlytics Platform provides answers to critical questions, such as: who is the technology leader in a market segment; who holds the relevant IP and how valuable is it; and how does competition develop?

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.

Media partners

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, 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 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.


Lexology

Lexology is the single most trusted online source of free, accessible and searchable global legal knowledge for and by legal practitioners, delivered to more than 300,000 desktops in over 100 countries around the world each day. Lexology offers a powerful research platform with an archive of over 450,000 articles in more than 20 languages covering 50 work areas worldwide. Endorsed by more than 100 associations, corporations and corporate counsel groups, Lexology is not only considered an invaluable resource of its kind, but also regarded as the industry benchmark.


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.


AutoHarvest

AutoHarvest Foundation, a non-profit organisation, operates a unique innovation ecosystem led by some of the most highly respected figures in the automotive and manufacturing industries. In 2012 AutoHarvest.org was launched as the world’s only truly neutral and global online meeting place for all types of innovator with an interest in advanced manufacturing. It allows users to showcase their capabilities, technologies and needs system wide and privately connect with fellow inventors and business developers to explore technology and commercial opportunities of mutual interest. The AutoHarvest interest group consists of over 300 prominent R&D and manufacturing organisations from industry, government and academic organisations. AutoHarvest is part of the Detroit Regional Innovation Network and was recently awarded a multi-year grant by the New Economy Initiative Foundation of Southeast Michigan.