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 Techstreet. Clarivate 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

Sisvel

Sisvel is a world leader in fostering innovation and managing IP. The group identifies, evaluates and maximises the value of IP assets for its partners around the world, providing firms with a revenue stream which can be reinvested in innovation for the generation of future revenues. Sisvel has more than 35 years’ experience in the management of successful patent portfolios, including those relating to audio compression standards (MP3 and MPEG audio), as well as broadcasting and digital terrestrial television standards maintained by the Digital Video Broadcasting Project. Sisvel operates patent pools and joint licensing programmes in the fields of mobile communication, wireless local area networking 802.11, digital video broadcasting, recommendation engines and broadband access to data networks.


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.


Richardson Oliver Insights LLC

Richardson Oliver Insights LLC enables patent transactions and accelerates the patent market by providing reliable, comprehensive and data-driven solutions to patent buyers, sellers and decision makers. With more than 30 years’ experience and a proprietary database of more than 160,000 patent assets distributed across 7,300 deals, we help clients to buy the patents that fit their needs, position patents for an optimum sale and make data-driven strategic decisions.


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. 


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

Powell Gilbert

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.


Finjan

Finjan is recognized 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 program 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.


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 one of the world’s most comprehensive technical bodies of knowledge which we gained from 25 years’ reverse engineering excellence in semiconductors, electronics and software. We are experts in understanding and mapping technology to patents and have helped clients – including more than half of the top 50 US patent holders – to get the most from their IP assets.


Intralink

Intralink is an international business development consultancy with a deep specialism in IP commercialisation across East Asia. We enable Western firms to expand in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan and help East Asian firms to expand in the West.

With 80 employees, a 28-year track record and offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, London, Oxford, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul, our mission is to make companies’ international expansion fast, easy and cost effective. We are different from most consultancies as we do not just develop market entry strategies, we also play a hands-on role in building clients’ businesses.

As part of our business development services, we help international companies to monetise their IP in Asia. We have in-depth knowledge of patents and licensing and a network that extends across the senior IP ranks of major corporations in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

We manage licensing programmes for companies with high-value IP assets looking for partners in Asia – with particular experience in the electronics, telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors. We have negotiated tech transfers, patent transactions and fully paid-up licences in more than $100 million worth of deals with NTT, Hitachi, NEC, TCL, Huawei and others.

We also help IP tools and service providers to sell in Asia and Asian companies to acquire cutting-edge technologies and licences from Europe.


Ankura

Ankura is a business advisory and expert services firm defined by how it solves challenging problems. Whether a client is facing an immediate business challenge, trying to increase the value of their company, or protect against future risks, Ankura designs, develops, and executes tailored solutions by assembling the right combination of expertise. We build on our experience with every case, client, and situation—collaborating to create innovative, customized solutions and strategies designed for today’s ever-changing business environment. This gives our clients unparalleled insight and experience across a wide range of economic, governance, and regulatory challenges. At Ankura, we know that collaboration drives results.


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.


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 meet to 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 delivered more than $1 billion in cash to patent owners from our activities to date – largely thanks to our people-first approach and deep passion for innovation.


Dolby

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.


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. 


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.


Liu Shen & Associates

Established in 1993, Liu Shen & Associates is both a patent and trademark agency which deals with patent and trademark affairs involving overseas parties and a law firm registered with the Ministry of Justice. As a three-in-one firm, Liu Shen & Associates has the capability to serve clients in all phases of the IP lifecycle, including the acquisition, transfer and licensing of rights, investment, enforcement and protection and related litigation and administrative proceedings.

The firm’s practice focuses on the filing and prosecution of patent applications and the registration of foreign clients’ trademarks. It also handles IP-related litigation, licensing and technology transfers, joint ventures and e-commerce, as well as related trial and appellate litigation and dispute resolution before administrative authorities. 

The strength of Liu Shen & Associates is built on the quality and expertise of its people in the IP field. Most partners have been leading practitioners in the field for more than two decades, and most of its professionals have advanced degrees in various subject areas. All of its professionals are at least bilingual. The firm currently has 60 partners, 200 patent attorneys, 80 attorneys at law (most of whom are also qualified patent attorneys) and 11 trademark agents. Most partners of the firm are active in professional organisations, such as the All-China Patent Attorneys Association (ACPAA), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys. The firm’s general managing partner, Perry Yang, is president of the ACPAA.


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.

Silver sponsors

Philips

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.


Reatiss

REATISS – formerly Freescale Semiconductor Ukraine – has over 20 years’ experience in the professional reverse engineering of large integrated circuits (ICs) that satisfy the needs of industry leaders in the automotive and communication semiconductor markets.

REATISS’s team of over 50 engineers can extract and present schematics of ICs with technology down to 10 nanometres within a comprehensive timeline and identify patents violations in support of clients’ IP licensing and litigation operations.

Our main strength is in circuitry, layout and process analysis. We provide services for semiconductor manufacturers from Europe, the United States and South Korea, and are looking to expand our customer base.


Microsoft

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft’s IP portfolio is a strategic asset that provides significant value to the company, our customers and our partners. Our patents, copyright, trademarks and trade secrets protect and help to drive the development of innovative software and solutions. Microsoft recently licensed its entire portfolio of more than 60,000 patents through the Open Invention Network to help protect customers and developers against IP risk, foster innovation and better support the worldwide developer community. Microsoft also makes patents available to customers for defensive purposes through its Azure IP Advantage programme. We are committed to meeting customers where they are and using our IP to help encourage digital transformation in the era of cloud computing, artificial intelligence and intelligent devices.

Bronze sponsors

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.


Pellegrino & Associates, LLC

Pellegrino & Associates, LLC (P&A) is a boutique IP strategy and valuation company which specialises in software and IP valuations, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret valuations. Formed in 2003, P&A focuses on building credible valuations for companies for a variety of purposes. P&A has been honoured to work with more than 200 small and large private and publicly traded companies worldwide on more than 400 engagements with many of the world’s top IP leaders. P&A is proud to include the likes of corporate leaders such as IBM, Sony, American Express, Lockheed Martin, Duke Energy, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Rolls-Royce, Ascension Healthcare and General Electric among its clients, as well as many promising and revolutionary start-ups. P&A has valued a diverse range of IP – from orphan drugs and medical devices to the publicity rights for gunslinger John Dillinger and all of Kurt Vonnegut’s copyright.


Papst Licensing

Georg Papst established Papst Licensing GmbH & Co KG in 1992. In 1993 it acquired the entire patent portfolio of Papst-Motoren, the company founded by Mr Papst’s father, Hermann Papst, and set out to take action against patent infringement at the international level. Papst Licensing has built an international network of experts for monetising patents and has concluded more than 175 licence agreements with virtually all renowned companies in the IT and electronics industries. Mr Papst’s sons, Constantin and Daniel, followed into the business and today Papst Licensing offers practical support to third parties facing patent infringement with the aim of securing licences from infringers. Operating independently from investors, Papst Licensing’s owner family is in the third generation of licensing and advancing innovation. Papst Licensing’s expertise allows small and medium-sized businesses in particular to participate on the world patent monetisation and licensing market.


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 more than 90 million patents to 4 million standards, 280,000 standard-essential patents, 60 million scientific articles and the profiles of 4 million companies and start-ups on one platform.

IPlytics Platform helps users to perform analysis in the patent valuation, patent essentiality analysis and patent and standards landscaping fields, as well as trends in patent transfer or litigation information. The intuitive graphical interface allows users to easily navigate, analyse and drill down into full-text information, enabling in-depth technology analysis or a long-term monitoring of market segments.


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.


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 non-patent material in one easy-¬to-use, highly accurate search tool.


Boehmert & Boehmert

Boehmert & Boehmert – with its main office in Munich and further offices in Berlin, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Alicante, Paris and Shanghai – specialises in IP law. The majority of its more than 140 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.


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.


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.

Media partners

International Chamber of Commerce

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the world’s largest businessorganisation, 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 onIP 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.


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.


4iP Council

4iP Council is a European research council dedicated to developing high-quality academic insight and empirical evidence on topics relating to IP and innovation. Our research is multi-industry, cross-sector and technology focused. We work with academics, policymakers and regulators to facilitate a deeper understanding of the invention process and technology investment decision making. Recent research topics addressed by 4iP Council cover standardisation and open source, data sharing and artificial intelligence, patent infringement and injunctions and proprietary versus open standards. Our reports and our searchable library covering national court decisions post-CJEU Huawei v ZTE are available on our website.


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.


WTR

World Trademark Review (WTR) 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.