Sponsors

Platinum sponsor

Clarivate Analytics

Clarivate Analytics is a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics in order to accelerate the pace of innovation. With a heritage going back more than a century and a half, we have built some of the most trusted brands across the innovation lifecycle, including Web of Science, Cortellis, Derwent, CompuMark, MarkMonitor and TechstreetClarivate Analytics is a new and independent company with a bold entrepreneurial mission to help clients to radically reduce the time taken to turn new ideas into life-changing innovations.

 

Gold sponsors

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

For more than a century, the world’s leading companies have turned to Shook, Hardy & Bacon to obtain favourable results in the most contentious circumstances. Our clients expect more than wins – they engage us both inside and outside the courtroom to protect their business investments and maximise opportunities for growth. At Shook, we believe that legal excellence begins and ends with relationships founded on creative and practical solutions. Our attorneys approach every challenge with integrity, tenacity and collegiality to achieve the best results for those that we represent.

Shook is an international law firm with 12 offices in the United States and the United Kingdom. We are dedicated to serving clients in the health, science, technology, and consumer goods industries, in areas ranging from product liability defence and commercial litigation to intellectual property.

Shook's IP group works on behalf of clients to secure both domestic and foreign patent, trademark and copyright protection. From IP and technology litigation, patent portfolio development and management and patent landscaping and risk mitigation to IP licensing, sales and acquisitions, Shook provides comprehensive IP services. One of our most significant differentiators is our corps of more than 100 scientific analysts − professionals with master’s and doctorate degrees in a host of technologies. We deploy them to perform complex technical analysis, assess prior art and other tasks for which many firms would use junior associates or outside consultants. By pairing our analysts with our experienced IP attorneys, we provide teams that are practical, adept and immersed in clients’ technology.


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.  


Aon Intellectual Property Solutions

Aon Intellectual Property Solutions helps clients to protect and maximise their most valuable asset in today’s business world – their IP. Aon combines the best minds and strongest analytical tools to provide a comprehensive approach to IP strategy, valuation and risk management across clients’ IP portfolios. We go beyond the legal framework to connect IP to a business’s overarching strategy.

We help clients to develop IP-based value creation plans that align to their business strategies in order to enhance enterprise value, and help them to communicate that IP-enhanced value to the market. For firms preparing for an initial public offering or other market-driven event, we develop value capture programmes to ensure that IP assets are accurately reflected in their pricing.

We leverage a proprietary analytics platform to provide accurate and timely assessment and valuation of clients’ IP portfolios to support a variety of capital management efforts, including IP-backed financing, risk transfer strategies and IP asset monetisation strategies.

From assessing the likelihood and potential impact of third-party claims and analysing potential loss of IP and its financial toll on a business to understanding the competitive landscape and protecting assets through IP liability insurance, we provide the full range of risk management solutions to secure clients’ IP portfolios.


Finnegan

Finnegan is one of the world’s largest IP law firms, practising all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. More than 300 of Finnegan’s legal professionals hold degrees in scientific disciplines, more than 225 are registered to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and nearly 40 are former USPTO patent examiners. Finnegan delivers sophisticated legal strategies to help clients protect, advocate and leverage their valuable IP assets, with technical expertise in virtually every industry and technology, including automotive, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, chemicals, electronics, semiconductors, computers and software, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, medical devices, clean energy and renewables, robotics and three-dimensional printing.

Protecting innovative technologies and valuable brands developed in Asia has long been a focus for Finnegan and continues to be a driving factor in expanding accessibility to clients in the region. Since opening its first international office in Tokyo in 1988, it recognised the importance of the Asian market and forged strong relationships with inventive companies, which remain valued clients. With a client base that spans the continent, it has offices in strategic technology centres to provide clients with local resources for US and European IP law capabilities. Its teams in Tokyo, Taipei, Shanghai and Seoul coordinate with attorneys and professionals throughout the firm to seamlessly serve clients with interests in Asia. The firm also has an active and expanding presence in India.


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 most comprehensive technical body of knowledge gained from over 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, including over half of the top 50 US patent holders, to get the most from their IP assets. If you need assistance in managing your most complex technology or IP challenges, turn to TechInsights for assured results.


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.


Intralink

Intralink is an international business development consultancy specialising in East Asia. The company enables western firms to expand into Asia, and vice versa.

With 80 employees, a 28-year history and offices in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and the United Kingdom, Intralink’s mission is to make international expansion fast, easy and cost-effective for clients.

Intralink does not just develop strategies, but plays a hands-on role in building clients’ businesses. It generates sales, forges partnerships and, when the client is ready, helps it to set up a permanent in-country presence.

As part of these services, Intralink manages licensing programmes for companies with high-quality IP assets.

Intralink’s IP specialists have helped clients – including many US and European Fortune 500 companies – to conclude fully paid-up, royalty-bearing licences with major Asian firms in the electronics, telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors. Asia holds leadership positions in these sectors and therefore represents a great opportunity for Western companies to monetise their IP assets.


Liu-Shen

Established in March 1993, Liu Shen & Associates is a patent and trademark agency registered with the Ministry of Justice. It was designated by the Chinese government to deal with patent and trademark affairs involving overseas parties.

Liu Shen & Associates can serve clients in all phases of the IP lifecycle, including the acquisition, transfer and licensing of rights, investment, enforcement and protection, as well as related litigation and administrative proceedings. The firm’s practice mainly focuses on the filing and prosecution of patent applications and the registration of trademarks on behalf of foreign clients. It also handles IP law-related litigations, the licensing and transfer of technology, joint venture and e-commerce matters, and related trial and appellate litigation, as well as dispute resolutions before administrative authorities.

Liu Shen & Associates’ strength is in the quality and expertise of its professionals in the area of intellectual property and related laws and practices. Most partners have been leading practitioners in the field for more than two decades, and the majority of the firm’s professionals have advanced degrees in various subjects. Further, all of its professionals are at least bilingual. Its high-quality service has won the trust of many well-known corporations worldwide, which have become long-lasting clients and business partners.

Liu Shen & Associates has 430 staff, including 90 attorneys at law and 190 patent attorneys, with expertise spanning most technical fields.


Powell Gilbert LLP

Powell Gilbert LLP is a leading UK law firm specialising in IP litigation and advisory work. We are recognised as a top-tier firm for patent litigation in the life sciences sector, with lawyers having been involved in precedent-setting, highly complex pharma, biotech and medical device cases for decades.

We advise on medical, agricultural and industrial applications within the life sciences sector. We are experienced in a range of technical areas, including pharmaceuticals, formulation technologies, dosage regimens, enantiomers and crystalline forms, protein therapeutics, enzymes, monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, viral vectors, stem cells, genetically modified organisms, RNA interference, CRISPR/Cas 9, ELISA and nucleic acid-based diagnostics, medical devices, DNA microarrays and nanotechnology.

With a successful record before the UK Patents Court, the UK Court of Appeal, the UK Supreme Court and in referrals to the European Court of Justice, we frequently advise on dispute resolution strategy and support multinational litigation across Europe, in coordination with other jurisdictions. All of our lawyers have technical backgrounds – ranging from immunology, biochemistry and chemical engineering to molecular biology and computer sciences. Combined with our European litigation experience, this makes us ideally placed to assist clients in the forthcoming Unified Patents Court, whose life sciences central division will be based in London


Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories advances the science of sight and sound to create and enable spectacular experiences. Through breakthrough research in science and engineering, Dolby transforms sights and sounds into spectacular experiences.

We bring our innovations to people through collaborative partnerships that include artists, businesses and consumers worldwide. With our partners we deliver vivid experiences in the cinema, at home and on the go – experiences so lifelike that people feel as if they have been transported into a cinematic story or a pulsing sphere of music, a distant conference room or an action-packed game.

In both entertainment and communications, through audio and imaging, we give everyone the power to see, hear and feel the spectacular.


Navigant Consulting, Inc

Navigant Consulting, Inc is a global professional services firm. Navigant teams combine industry expertise with experience and foresight to pinpoint emerging opportunities in order to help clients to build, manage and protect business value. Its professional service areas include strategy, finance, compliance, investigative, disputes, valuations and transactions. Navigant has 60 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, and more than 5,000 employees. 

The Navigant IP practice works closely with internal and external industry experts to offer full-service IP valuation, strategy and transaction services across cutting-edge technology areas, including information and communications technology, life sciences, medical devices, energy and financial services. Navigant IP combines state of the art data and analytics with advanced valuation methodologies to support decision making in portfolio management and monetisation. 

The Navigant IP team actively negotiates IP-based transactions, structures and manages joint development and licensing programmes and provides expert damages testimony. Its clients range from large multinational companies to individual innovators, law firms and investors. It employs advanced valuation methodologies to measure the profit contribution of intellectual property appropriately; this, together with its insights, network and experience in the IP marketplace, helps to enhance client returns.


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.


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. 


Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

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

 Royal Philips’s IP portfolio consists of 62,000 patent rights, 37,600 trademarks, 47,800 design rights and 3,000 domain names. Philips filed 1,200 new patents in 2017, with a strong focus on the growth areas in health and wellbeing.


RPX Corporation

RPX Corporation is a leading provider of patent risk management and discovery management solutions. Since its founding in 2008, RPX has introduced efficiency to the patent market by providing a rational alternative to litigation. The San Francisco-based company's pioneering approach combines principal capital, deep patent expertise and client contributions to generate enhanced patent buying power. By acquiring patents and patent rights, RPX helps its growing client network to mitigate and manage patent risk.

As of December 31 2017, RPX had invested $2.4 billion to acquire more than 23,000 US and international patent assets and rights on behalf of more than 330 clients in eight key sectors: automotive, consumer electronics and personal computers, e-commerce and software, financial services, media content and distribution, mobile communications and devices, networking and semiconductors.


Nokia

Nokia is a global leader in creating the technologies at the heart of our connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing. 

From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience.

Our valuable IP portfolio, built from more than €119 billion invested in R&D over the last two decades, spans more than 26,000 patent families. With active licensing programmes for smartphone, automotive and consumer electronics markets, we have more than 100 licensees, mainly for standards-essential patents. 


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.


Sisvel

Sisvel is a world leader in managing intellectual property and maximising the value of patent rights. Founded in 1982, the Sisvel Group is global in scope and reach, with offices in Italy, the United States, China, Japan, Germany, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom and approximately 100 professionals with technical, legal and licensing expertise. Sisvel has a long history of managing successful patent portfolios, including those relating to the MP3 and MPEG audio compression standards and widespread technologies such as on-screen display, automatic tuning and sorting systems, widescreen signalling and terrestrial digital video broadcasting. Sisvel operates patent pools and joint licensing programmes relating to DVB-T2, LTE/LTE-A, 3G, WiFi and recommendation engines, together with its Sisvel Wireless licensing programme.


General Electric

General Electric (GE) is a world-leading digital industrial company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for clients by speaking the language of industry.


Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (S&C) provides high-quality legal advice and representation to clients worldwide. The firm’s record of success and unparalleled client service have set it apart for more than 130 years and made the firm a model for modern legal practice. Today, S&C is a leader in each of its core practice areas and geographic markets. The firm advises a diverse range of clients on major domestic and cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions, high-stakes litigation and corporate investigations and complex regulatory, tax and estate planning matters. S&C comprises approximately 875 lawyers who conduct a seamless global practice from 13 offices located in key financial centres in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States.

Silver sponsors

REATISS

REATISS has more than 16 years’ experience in the reverse engineering of large integrated circuits with technological nodes down to 14 nanometres. We use this advanced technical capability to identify evidence of patent violations to support clients’ IP licensing, trade and litigation operations. Patent analysis is an integral part of our work; we evaluate a patent’s detectability, identify key elements of the invention and use them as reference points for the investigation to ensure it is focused and efficient. Generated reports typically contain hundreds of extracted and analysed schematics.

Our team comprises more than 50 dedicated engineers and scientists with experience in integrated circuit manufacturing technology, circuit design, chemistry and chemical engineering, semiconductor materials, optical engineering, software engineering, equipment engineering, business intelligence and patent portfolios analysis.


Dominion Harbor Group, LLC

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.


Provenance Asset Group

Innovation accelerates when companies can freely pursue new markets and deliver new products to global customers. However, companies are often hindered by patent challenges from other operating companies seeking to monetise their patents or protect their market share.

Provenance Asset Group offers defensive patent enforcement rights to large and small operating companies to increase their freedom to operate globally.

Our novel licensing approach provides exclusive licenses to clients from a growing collection of highly vetted, litigation-grade patents that are searchable in our proprietary tool, TrustedPatents. Clients can use these rights to strengthen their ability to counter-assert or counterclaim against operating company aggressors.

The exclusive patent licences granted by Provenance authorise clients to defensively enforce their chosen patents against the companies that they specify when we grant the licence. This allows clients the flexibility to obtain only the rights that they need, when they need them and for a fixed annual fee.

Provenance's initial portfolio was acquired from Nokia, a global leader in creating technology to connect the world. These patents cover inventions in fields such as telecoms, security, gaming, semiconductors, components, memory, computing, Bluetooth, software, multimedia, imaging, Wi-Fi, the Internet of Things, networked devices and connected homes and automobiles.


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.


Uber

Uber was founded in 2009 to solve an important problem: how do you get a ride at the push of a button? More than 5 billion trips later, we have started tackling even greater challenges: making transportation safer with self-driving cars, delivering food quickly and affordably with Uber Eats and reducing congestion in cities by getting more people into fewer cars. In a coordinated effort with our product teams to tackle these challenges, the Uber patent team is actively building a strong patent portfolio in order to protect our innovations.


Finjan

Finjan is recognised internationally as a pioneer and leader in web and network security. It has been investing in innovation for decades, and this is captured in its patent portfolio, which is centered on software and hardware technologies capable of proactively detecting previously unknown and emerging threats on a real-time, behavior-oriented basis. Finjan has successfully licensed its patents and technology to several major software and technology companies around the world, and has generated more than $250 million in income from its licensing programme to date.

Finjan's commitment to innovation in the security space continues through its investments, which have culminated in the launch of its consulting services business, CybeRisk; the development of mobile applications through Finjan Mobile; and the incubation of up-and-coming technology start-ups, pioneering a new generation of security technologies through its investment in Jerusalem Venture Partners Fund VII's Cyber Labs, alongside other technology companies.


Richardson Oliver Insights (ROI)

Richardson Oliver Insights enables patent transactions and accelerates the patent market by providing reliable, comprehensive, data-driven solutions to patent buyers, sellers, and decision makers. With over 30 years of experience and a proprietary database of more than 120,000 patent assets distributed across 5,000 deals, we help clients to buy the patents that fit their needs, position patents for an optimum sale, and make data-driven strategic decisions.


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

Maxval

MaxVal Group, Inc is a Silicon Valley-based tech-enabled managed solutions provider known for its cutting-edge products and automated solutions. Since 2004, MaxVal has been providing technology-enabled solutions and expert services by partnering with patent counsel and patent operations teams to optimise patent life cycle management with high levels of customer service.

MaxVal’s clients range from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, including top US pharmaceutical, biotechnology and high-tech (eg, wireless, electrical and electronic) companies, medical device manufacturers and leading technology-focused patent firms worldwide.

MaxVal’s team comprises highly experienced, IP-trained professionals who have been delivering IP-related solutions for more than a decade through continuous process innovations and state-of-the-art technologies.


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. 


Acumass

Acumass is a leading IP service provider operating at the global level, with offices located across Europe, Asia and the United States. We take pride in providing comprehensive, secure and cost-effective IP management and renewal services.

Our state-of-the-art software system allows us to create tailored service levels and outsourcing solutions so that we can accommodate clients’ individual needs. Our clients are our number one priority.


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.


TT Consultants

TT Consultants (TTC) provides customised solutions for IP searching, analytics and strategic decision making for several Fortune 100 companies and top IP firms. TTC provides a range of services – from conceptualisation to value extraction – that help companies worldwide to develop, protect and enforce their IP. TTC has been named Best Patent Search Firm by the Japan External Trade Organisation.

XLPAT, a spin-off company, is involved in automation and developing analytic tools. XLPAT allows users to quickly visualise and analyse their competitors’ performance in various technology areas and whether they are under or over-patenting. Further, XLPAT helps users to identify the most relevant patents in their portfolio – using over 100 data points – and provides a list of patents that are likely to be infringed by competitors. XLPAT has been recognised by DLD Tel Aviv Meet the Leaders and the IBM SmartCamp Global Programme, among others.


IPVALUE

IPVALUE has provided IP management to major technology enterprises since 2001. We contribute a wealth of industry knowledge to tailored relationships that help our partners to meet their business goals. We work with high-quality patents owned by leading innovative organisations and developers of premium IP. Partners appreciate our thoughtful and long-term outlook, our ‘litigate last’ philosophy and the fact that our engagements become a perfect fit. We are committed to obtaining fair value for our partners’ IP and have generated almost $2 billion in IP revenue to date – largely thanks to our ‘people first’ approach and deep passion for innovation.


Clairvolex

Today’s global IP space is ready for a new market model to help end the cycle of producing large volumes of non-performing patents. It also needs more efficient systems in order to convert the more than 80% existing non-performing patent assets, especially in the hi-tech space. Clairvolex offers a monetisation-driven patent portfolio development programme. It is unique and is run on an expert automation and augmentation software platform. Clients receive a more monetisable patent portfolio for less investment. Clairvolex is based in Silicon Valley, with technology development centres in Los Altos, California and Bangalore; expert centres in Seattle and Salt Lake City; and a global delivery centre in Gurgaon, India.


ClearAccessIP

ClearAccessIP transforms IP portfolios from cost centres into profit centres. We have eliminated many of the costs associated with building patent portfolios by automating patent prosecution and workflow and are building an environment in which IP managers can monetise their patents. By removing overhead burdens and unleashing the value of assets, we are ultimately driving faster innovation. Law firms, corporations and research centres benefit from end-to-end data automation and integrated artificial intelligence to assist strategic portfolio decisions. We believe that patent management must evolve in order to meet the needs of companies and patent practitioners operating today. Our mission is to reinvent the patent lifecycle with automation technology and services.


IPlytics Platform

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?


Perkins Coie

Perkins Coie is a leading international firm that is known for providing high value, strategic solutions and extraordinary service on matters vital to clients’ success. With more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia, we provide corporate, commercial litigation, IP and regulatory legal advice to a broad range of clients, including many of the world’s most innovative companies and industry leaders. Our IP practice includes more than 250 lawyers focused on IP litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, post-issuance proceedings, IP licensing, sales and acquisitions and technology transactions. Each of Perkins Coie’s IP specialty practices is consistently ranked among the biggest and best in the world. Clients include leading semiconductor, computer, mobile device, telecoms, software, internet, content, e-commerce, cloud, social media, pharmaceutical, medical device, aerospace and consumer products companies. Perkins Coie’s lawyers work closely with clients to develop comprehensive solutions to complex IP issues.


iRunway

iRunway provides intricate source code analysis, circuit analysis, product testing, reverse engineering and financial analysis services to help patent to owners unlock and protect the value of their patents. Its team’s expertise in technology 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, telecoms, networking, medical devices and biotechnology. Over the years, the firm has helped clients to win billions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements.


PatSnap

PatSnap is a leading provider of IP analytics for analysing tech trends, driving innovation, market planning, competitor intelligence and maximising return on IP assets. Founded in 2007, PatSnap is used by R&D, business and IP professionals in thousands of commercial and not-for-profit organisations globally – including NASA, the US Department of Defence, China Mobile, Goodyear and Vodafone.

With a database of more than 121 million patents augmented by economic, legal and company data, we use proprietary machine learning technology to make IP work for all, including those with no IP experience. We have offices in London, Los Angeles, Singapore and China.


Hilco IP Merchant Banking

Hilco IP Merchant Banking (HIPMB) is a fully integrated IP adviser and principal investor. With deep domain expertise in information and communications technology and semiconductors, HIPMB provides end-to-end IP investing solutions. Following the lifecycle of an IP investment, our financial advisory team mines for, structures and arranges capital for investments with an IP catalyst, while our technical advisory team reverse-engineers infringing products to validate our models and support our licensing programmes. Further, our asset management team invests principal and third-party capital into the investments that we sponsor and our licensing team captures modelled value by executing monetisation programmes. In certain circumstances, we provide services without making a principal investment.


Parsa Wireless

Parsa Wireless is a boutique technical consulting firm with a team of international PhD experts in wireless communications, telephony systems, semiconductors and IT systems, including the Cloud. 

We provide patent and IP services to licensing, IP and patent professionals. Our work is highly customised to clients’ unique needs. 

Members of our global team of more than 100 experts typically have 20 to 30 years’ industry experience and numerous patents and technical publications to their name and have served on or led standards committees.

Parsa Wireless has analysed thousands of patents for leading technology firms and is equipped to help companies to monetise their patent portfolios.


Burford Capital

Burford Capital is a leading global finance and investment management firm focused on law. Its businesses include litigation finance, 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 firms and clients around the world from its principal offices in New York, London, Chicago and Singapore.

Burford has an experienced team dedicated to making IP investments, most of whom have been repeatedly recognised in the IAM Strategy 300.


Dolcera

Dolcera is one of the world’s largest patent analytics companies. Our team of 100 in-house subject matter experts analyses several million patents each year using our machine-learning platform.

We offer two industry-leading software platforms and a suite of services in the IP space for dozens of the world’s leading corporations.


SUGIMURA & Partners

SUGIMURA & Partners, founded in 1923 as Sugimura International Patent & Trademark Attorneys, is a leading IP firm. SUGIMURA’s reputation for high-quality services across the full spectrum of IP has seen it consistently ranked among the top Japanese IP firms.

As a full-service IP firm, SUGIMURA handles all aspects of IP, including prosecution, litigation, exploitation and strategy. SUGIMURA provides clients with round-the-clock access to these services through seamless collaboration between its offices in Tokyo and Silicon Valley.

SUGIMURA has gained a reputation for delivering results-oriented solutions which are aligned with clients’ needs. These solutions are built on the diverse skill sets and backgrounds of SUGIMURA’s attorneys, who handle IP matters in virtually every technical field.  The firm’s international focus is supported by attorneys and staff who are proficient in English and other foreign languages.


Valuenex

VALUENEX, Inc is a big data predictive analytics and consulting services company, powered by proprietary algorithms, artificial intelligence and teams of data scientists and expert analysts. Founded in Tokyo in 2006, the company provides solutions for R&D strategy, IP monetisation and evaluation, financial investment analyses and leveraging, and technology convergence mapping.

Working with clients across a wide range of industries and business functions, VALUENEX’s panoramic-view analytics software and expert consulting has led to breakthroughs in IP research and predictive modelling, and has grown on the global stage to include 45% of Japanese Fortune 500 companies as clients, as well as major corporate partners such as Panasonic Solution Technologies and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley. Through advanced capabilities in strategy development, white space extraction, pan-industry or technology-specific trend mapping and comprehensive M&A analyses, VALUENEX continues to hold the top position in the field.


Nordic Patent Institute

The Nordic Patent Institute is an international Patent Cooperation Treaty authority that was established by the governments of Denmark, Iceland and Norway. It provides global prior art searches for companies and IP firms on a commercial basis. These searches cover all technical fields and are carried out by 150 patent examiners at the Danish and Norwegian Patent Offices, covering all technical fields. These examiners are highly skilled, with extensive experience in searching patent and non-patent literature in direct dialogue with clients. The searches are performed using the best available search tools and databases.


Anaqua

Anaqua helps corporations and law firms to turn intellectual property into competitive advantage. Our ANAQUA software platform unifies critical tools, best practice workflows, data, documents and services into one efficient, intelligent environment, so that clients can operate more efficiently and make better decisions faster. Nearly 1,000,000 IP professionals in over 150 countries use ANAQUA to manage more than $1 billion in intellectual assets. Many of the best-known brands and most innovative products were conceptualised, evaluated, protected and monetised through the ANAQUA platform. The expertise of our services and client services staff, combined with our tested implementation methodology, delivers successful solutions on time and on budget.


Minesoft

Winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade again in 2015, Minesoft has fast become an established leader in the field of Patent Information, working with industrial corporations, patent attorney firms and patent authorities around the world.

Founded in 1996 to develop databases and software solutions for the Information industry, Minesoft specializes in tools and services for retrieving, storing and distributing patent & technology information throughout the enterprise.

Minesoft’s flagship product PatBase enables users to protect their designs by checking novelty against existing patents and to solve technical dilemmas by studying patent texts, patent drawings and non-patent literature. Our Users can access and understand the most up-to-date scientific research, new ideas and competitor information contained in patent documents with a range of search and display functionalities, including text and diagrams, semantic searching, translations and fully-incorporated PatBase Analytics.


CPA Global

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.


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.


Xperi Corp

Xperi Corporation (Nasdaq: XPER) and its brands – DTS, FotoNation, HD Radio, Invensas and Tessera – are dedicated to creating innovative technology solutions that enable extraordinary experiences for people around the world. Xperi's solutions are licensed by hundreds of leading global partners and have shipped in billions of products in areas including premium audio, automotive, broadcast, computational imaging, computer vision, mobile computing and communications, memory, data storage and 3D semiconductor interconnect and packaging.


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.


Mintz Levin

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.


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. 


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.


IEEE

InnovationQ Plus, powered by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and IP.com, is 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 pinpoint relevant patents, applications and non-patent literature quickly and efficiently – delivering industry-leading search results.

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


Bureau van Dijk

Bureau van Dijk is a Moody’s Analytics company that combines company and patent information for IP management and strategy.

Our background is company information – specifically, private company information and company hierarchies.

Our new solution, Orbis Intellectual Property, links global patent data to companies and corporate groups in an unprecedented way, saving time and helping clients to make better quality decisions.

Our services include:

  • linking patent applicants (106 million at present) to a network of 250 million companies, allowing them to see companies’ extensive patent portfolios and their corporate groups;
  • providing an ownership timeline for all live patents, so that clients can assess trends and the commercial appeal of new technologies;
  • monitoring M&A transactions so that clients can see when a patent’s corporate owner is involved in a deal as a company or an acquirer and track deals in specific sectors and industries;
  • identifying standard essential patents in a company’s portfolio, so that clients can see which companies own these ‘foundation technology’ patents; and
  • delivering portfolio and patent valuations for granted live patents and tracking valuation trends over time.

Supported by

California Technology Council

California Technology Council advances an innovation agenda designed to preserve and further California’s primacy in all forms of technology, application, systems and infrastructure. We serve a diverse membership community through advocacy, participation in the policymaking process, business development and a broad range of member services. Programming includes advocacy, original research, political activation, workforce development, educational programmes, networking and business development, pre-commercial interaction with research institutions and the promotion of California’s long history of world leadership and achievement in technology and innovation.


International Chamber of Commerce

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the world’s largest business organisation, with a network of more than six million members in more than 100 countries. We work to promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation through a unique mix of advocacy and standard-setting activities, together with market-leading dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s largest companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, business associations and local chambers of commerce.

The ICC Commission on Intellectual Property is the voice of business worldwide on IP issues at the cutting edge of international policy making. The breadth of its membership – more than 400 experts spanning all business sectors and regions – enriches and informs discussions and allows the commission to present truly cross-industry international business views.


The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding

The Centre for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing awareness of the impact of IP rights on people’s lives. The CIPU conducts research, holds events, provides outreach and partners with others in the United States and abroad to dispel misinformation and facilitate good IP behaviour. The CIPU provides an education framework for understanding how IP rights promote ideas and competition and create jobs.


Global Innovation Policy Center, US Chamber of Commerce

The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Centre works worldwide to champion innovation and creativity through IP standards that create jobs, save lives, advance global economic and cultural prosperity and generate breakthrough solutions to global challenges.


American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is a national bar association that represents the interests of lawyers in private and corporate practice, government service and the academic community. Its 13,000 members comprise a diverse spectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law and include both owners and users of intellectual property.

Formed in 1897, the AIPLA maintains a high standard of professional ethics, aids in the improvement of IP-related laws and their proper interpretation by the courts and provides legal education to the public, its members and other industry professionals on IP issues.

The AIPLA is at the forefront of IP law, leading a diverse IP community and promoting the adoption of strong and balanced laws both in the United States and worldwide.


Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Centre

The Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Centre (SVAMC) serves the global technology sector by promoting business-practical dispute resolution. The SVAMC works with leading technology companies, firms, alternative dispute resolution institutions and universities in Silicon Valley and around the globe to provide educational programming and related resources regarding the effective and efficient resolution of technology-related disputes. The SVAMC is an affiliate of the Global Technology Dispute Resolution Council.

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.


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 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.