Platinum sponsor


Derwent powers the innovation lifecycle from idea to commercialisation using trusted patent data, applications and services, including Derwent Innovation, Derwent World Patent Index, Derwent Patent Citation Index and Derwent Data Analyzer. We build solutions for inventors, patent attorneys and licensing specialists at start-ups and the largest global innovators and legal professionals in leading IP practices. We also build solutions for patent examiners at more than 40 patent offices. Our solutions are used to monitor technology trends and competitive landscapes, inform freedom-to-operate opinions, prosecute patents, monetise and license assets and support litigation activities.

Gold sponsors


Nokia creates the technology to connect the world. We develop and deliver the industry’s only end-to-end portfolio of network equipment, software, services and licensing that is available globally. Our customers include communications service providers whose combined networks support 5.7 billion subscriptions, as well as enterprises in the private and public sectors that use our network portfolio to increase productivity and enrich lives.

Our valuable IP portfolio spans more than 20,000 patent families, built from more than €126 billion invested in research and development over the past two decades. With active licensing programmes including for mobile phone, automotive and consumer electronics markets, we have more than 100 licensees.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. With more than 20 offices across three continents, our team works seamlessly across practices, industries and geographies to deliver highly effective – and often unexpected – solutions to propel success. More than 1,100 lawyers strong, we bring our personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people who they serve.

Intellectual Ventures

Intellectual Ventures (IV) is a global invention and investment business that buys, licenses and sells patents – providing some of the world’s most innovative companies with access to IP, while creating a wide range of technology-focused partnerships and new companies. Led by avid inventor and technology leader Nathan Myhrvold, IV has created more than 15 companies with the power to transform industries. At the edge of technological advances that serve both the developed and developing world, IV works with many of the world’s top inventors to push innovation forward.

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.

Konsert Strategy & IP

Konsert Strategy & IP is a boutique consulting firm that is constantly breaking new ground as one of the world’s premier catalysts of technology and IP value. We partner with technology-intensive organisations across the globe to strengthen their growth and profitability. Our team cooperates with clients across all levels to develop their strategies, improve their performance and help with their transformations. We provide clients with one of the world’s premier services to strengthen competitiveness from technology and IP, setting strategic directions, building capable organisations and securing lasting results.

Our team combines world-leading industry thought leaders with top strategy consultants and unparalleled project experience at the interface of business strategy, technology innovation and IP. Our clients’ needs are constantly changing, so we always seek better ways to serve them and continuously invest in knowledge development, learning and capability building.

Konsert is based in Sweden and serves technology companies in Europe, Asia and North America. Our client list includes everyone from cutting-edge growth ventures to the world’s largest companies across all established and developing technology-intensive industries.


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.


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.

Powell Gilbert

Powell Gilbert LLP is a leading UK firm which specialises in IP litigation and advisory work. We are recognised as a top-tier firm for patent litigation and our lawyers’ extensive experience and strong scientific and technical backgrounds mean that we are uniquely positioned to address complex and commercially critical IP matters.

 We work with knowledge, technology and brand-based industries – from start-ups to multinationals – across a broad range of sectors, including electronics, telecoms, energy technologies, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and consumer goods. Our experience ranges from advising on some of the largest telecoms and FRAND licensing disputes to acting in the earliest and most complex biotechnology patent cases. We also enforce trademark rights against counterfeiting in the luxury goods sector and act in copyright disputes involving iconic furniture designs and wearable medtech.

Our lawyers are at the forefront of the profession. We have been involved in many leading and high-profile cases before the UK Patents Court and have gained a wealth of experience from coordinating European litigation. Our depth of experience and excellent track record means that we are ideally placed to advise clients on European IP litigation strategy. Our lawyers are also helping to shape the future of IP law in Europe, having been involved in the preparations for the UPC and its central division dealing with life sciences patents in London. This makes us well placed to advise on the European patent system.


Deloitte is a leading global provider of audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services. Our network of member firms in more than 150 countries and territories serves four out of five Fortune Global 500 companies.

Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC provides strategic advisory services and M&A advice that helps corporate, entrepreneurial and private equity clients to create and act on opportunities for liquidity, growth and long-term advantage. With an in-depth understanding of the marketplace and access to a global network of investment bankers, we help clients to confidently pursue strategic transactions in both domestic and global markets. Deloitte Corporate Finance, together with the Corporate Finance Advisory practices within the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited network of member firms, includes more than 2,000 professionals who work collaboratively across 150 international locations. With significant experience providing investment banking services across key industries, we offer our clients solutions that help them to achieve their strategic objectives.


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.

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.

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.

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. 


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.


Avanci has a vision that sharing technology – on a broad scale for the Internet of Things industry – can be simpler. Our connected world is evolving quickly, and we want to help it happen even faster. Our one-stop solution keeps the success of the ecosystem squarely in sight, bringing convenience and predictability to the technology licensing process. In our new marketplace, those with essential patents can share their innovations, and companies creating connected products for the Internet of Things can access the patented wireless technology that they need to be successful – in one place, with one agreement and for one fair, flat rate. Founded in 2016, Avanci is headquartered in Dallas.


PatSnap is a leading provider of IP analytics for analysing tech trends, undertaking market planning, providing competitive intelligence and driving innovation in order to maximise return on IP assets. Founded in 2007, PatSnap is used by IP professionals and law firms in thousands of commercial and non-profit organisations globally. With a database of more than 134 million patents augmented by economic, legal and company data, PatSnap uses proprietary machine-learning technology to cut through the noise and clutter of irrelevant data to create clear insights, improve strategic decision making and reduce initial process inefficiencies. PatSnap is a global organisation with offices in London, Los Angeles, Toronto, Singapore and China.

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.


Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is one of the largest IP law firms in the world. With offices in Atlanta, Boston, London, Palo Alto, Reston, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington, DC, the firm practises all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, including counselling, prosecution, licensing and litigation. Finnegan also represents clients in IP issues relating to European patents and trademarks, international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust and unfair competition.


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.


Marconi provides a better way to share patented technology and has a vision of transforming the fundamentals of patent licensing. We create and support premier platforms and programmes with the goal of simplifying patent licensing across new and existing technologies and product areas, creating value and bringing products to market faster and more efficiently. This ensures continued investments in innovation and provides an efficient exchange to bring those innovations to market, reducing risks and costs. We support each of our platforms and programmes with legal, finance, HR, marketing and communications. Marconi has established and continues to support its current marketplaces – Avanci, Velos Media, Teletry and Innovius – consisting of technology from world leaders in technology development, with the goal of driving efficiency and predictability.

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.


Ankura works with global leaders and advisers to grow, protect and maximise value by simplifying the complex. Our IP experts help inventors, investors and corporations to assess, value, manage and monetise IP assets in today’s global innovation economy. This includes providing value-based guidance; facilitating IP sale, licensing, and financing transactions; and providing damages analysis in IP disputes for plaintiffs and defendants.


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.

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.

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.


Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company’s portfolio spans networks, digital services, managed services and emerging businesses and is designed to help customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson’s investments in innovation have delivered the benefits of telephony and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world and have also resulted in the industry’s leading patent portfolio with more than 45,000 granted patents. The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and Nasdaq New York.

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.

Silver sponsors


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.


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

Royal Philips' total IP portfolio consists of 65,000 patent rights, 39,400 trademarks, 61,300 design rights and 3,200 domain names. Philips filed 1,120 new patents in 2018, with a strong focus on the growth areas in healthtech services and solutions.

Bureau van Dijk

Bureau van Dijk’s product, Orbis Intellectual Property, links global patent data to companies and corporate groups in a way that has never been done before.

With information on approximately 300 million companies worldwide, it is the best resource for private company data. Orbis Intellectual Property has linked 115 million patents to company information to provide clients with extensive patent portfolios for companies and their corporate group.

Orbis Intellectual Property is a comprehensive solution for IP management and research strategy, saving clients time and helping them to make faster, better decisions.

Orbis Intellectual Property allows clients to review patent ownership timelines to assess the number of transactions, trends and the commercial appeal of new technologies; quickly identify companies that would be interested in licensing specific patents; view M&A data to track when a patent has been sold; review SEPs to identify technology standards and innovation across portfolios and corporate groups; and conduct landscape studies, identify global and regional trends and analyse individual companies. 


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 60 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.

Hilco IP Merchant Banking

Hilco IP Merchant Banking is a leading provider of IP advisory services and a principal investor in IP assets. With deep technical expertise in areas such as telecoms and semiconductors, unmatched licensing and portfolio management experience and the financial expertise and capital to close transactions, we work with clients to protect and grow businesses by helping them to understand the content and potential of their patent portfolios in order for them to make informed IP and technology investment decisions. We accomplish this by working closely with clients to mine their portfolios, identifying their best patent assets, improving the portfolios through continuation practice and identifying products that infringe their patents. We can further assist clients in leveraging their assets through the reverse engineering of infringing products, demonstrating infringement with solid evidence of use by mapping out the specific details of infringement and supporting their licensing and litigation efforts. These services and our capital not only provide a return on clients’ IP investment by generating additional revenue, but also strengthen clients’ portfolios through industry recognition of their value.

Bronze sponsors


Dolcera is an AI-powered analytics platform with 15 years’ experience in patent data. It is the preferred partner for some of the most innovative companies in the world, including Qualcomm, Microsoft, Ericsson, P&G and L'Oréal.

Dolcera’s flagship product, PCS, allows clients to quickly create patent landscapes; understand strategic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; and verify the validity of patents and ideas. The tool’s AI also builds search queries. Dolcera’s data science team makes the most of cutting-edge natural-language understanding tech, such as Elastic and Solr, to perform tasks using public information that was previously impossible. For example, the team identifies patent infringement risks to an ecosystem of tech profiles. Dolcera’s IP services team enables clients to confidently explore patent details using the knowledge of more than 150 subject matter experts across multiple domains. Dolcera also focuses on 5G and has a 3GPP contributions database.

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP is a full-service law firm based in Boston that practises at the highest level. Our IP team has a long track record of working with clients throughout the patent lifecycle to achieve their legal and business objectives. This includes managing complex patent prosecution, litigation, IP rights, international and licensing matters. IP litigation cases have high stakes and Nutter attorneys are equipped with extensive trial experience and industry knowledge. We also help clients to unlock the value of their IP, creating revenue streams from licensing and sales. Nutter develops IP triage strategies, which determine which IP assets should be protected, renewed or bolstered and which ones should be licensed, sold or abandoned for optimal return on investment.


Anaqua is a premium provider of integrated, end-to-end innovation and IP management solutions. Used by nearly 1 million IP executives, attorneys, paralegals, administrators and innovators worldwide, the Anaqua platform merges best practice workflows with Big Data analytics and tech-enabled services to create one intelligent environment, which is designed to inform IP strategy, enable IP decision making and streamline IP operations. The solution suite integrates workflows, collaboration, docketing, data visualisation and worldwide patent analytics in a software-as-a-service platform to provide new levels of productivity and insight to help customers make better business decisions.

Sagacious IP

Sagacious IP is an award-winning IP research and consulting company. Created in 2008, it provides innovative solutions and services for the global IP community. Sagacious IP has served more than 1,200 customers across 45 countries, working on more than 12,500 projects in more than six languages.

Sagacious IP successfully solves business challenges for clients such as Fortune 500 companies, IAM 1000-ranked firms, start-ups, investors, universities and licensing agencies. Its services and solutions span the IP lifecycle, helping clients to develop, create, maintain, enforce and monetise their IP strategies.

Sagacious IP was recognised for its outstanding achievements and innovative solutions by CNBC TV18 in 2014 and by Red Herring in 2015 (Top 100 Asia). It was also selected as a Great Place to Work in 2018.


Cipher analytics software provides subscribers with the analysis needed to support their strategic IP decisions. Cipher is a market-leading solution which uses AI and machine learning to provide insights into complex landscapes of patented technology.

Cipher is the only software which can be customised to a company’s own taxonomy. It also provides access to comprehensive industry standard libraries, including Cipher Automotive for original equipment manufacturers and suppliers, Cipher n/d Powered by AST for technology cross-licensing and our partnership with Mintel for the fast-moving consumer goods sector.


AWA is a leading IP consultancy firm with 300 employees across 16 offices in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, China and Hong Kong. Our clients are innovative companies – ranging from local start-ups to global giants. No matter the size or industry, we help our clients to create businesses out of their ideas and innovations.

AWA was founded in 1897 by Swedish engineer Anders Wilhelm Anderson. His initials form our company name and remind us of our proud history.

We provide a full-service offering in prosecution, dispute litigation, after-market services, legal advice, strategy and commercialisation. Our 180 patent attorneys, attorneys at law and other IP professionals are experts in IP strategy and legal patents, trademark, design, copyright and domain names.

Our expertise in IP supports the companies of today in building the prosperity of tomorrow. AWA’s promise to clients and partners stems from our mission: “we create intellectual prosperity”.

Global IP Law Group

Global IP Law Group provides an array of focused services – including patent sales, licensing, litigation and strategic counselling – to clients ranging from individual inventors to multinationals. Over the past 10 years, the firm has generated more than $7.5 billion for its clients, including through both the largest pure patent sale and the largest patent-backed debt offering in history.

With offices in the United States and affiliates in Europe and Asia, Global IP offers legal and technical expertise and global resources to maximise the value of patent portfolios which cover a wide array of technologies.


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.

CPA Global

CPA Global is one of the world’s most trusted IP management companies. We align clients’ IP strategies to their business strategies in order to help them make better decisions. Since 1969, we have been relentlessly reducing risk for customers; setting the standard for reliability and secure, verified data; and driving efficiency through best practices and actionable IP intelligence. We have one of the broadest and deepest offers in the market; no matter what clients’ businesses do, we have got their IP management covered.

Steger IP

Steger IP provides services relating to all aspects of IP monetisation, including through sales, assertion campaigns and strategic IP counselling. Steger IP has a broad range of IP experience, including as chief IP counsel at both multinationals and smaller start-ups, as well as a variety of private practice experience. We have conducted strategic IP counselling, patent monetisation through sales and licensing, infringement litigation, patent and trademark prosecution and portfolio management.

Steger IP’s combination of in-house and major law firm experience provides particular insight into what is important to businesses from an IP perspective and how to best add value to corporate IP programmes. We have been recognised as leaders in the global IP community by numerous publications and organisations and have been included among the top IP strategists and the top 1,000 IP attorneys in the world and in Super Lawyers among the top 5% in IP counselling. 

Crown Point Transactions

Crown Point Transactions is a leading IP adviser with deep expertise in strategy, M&A and monetisation issues. As attorneys, engineers and business leaders, we have assisted some of the largest companies, private equity funds, law firms and universities to grow revenue, reduce risk, build multi-year programmes and win high-value lawsuits. From large 10,000 patent portfolios to portfolios with only a select few patents, we approach problems with a global perspective, a no-nonsense attitude and targeted solutions to deliver results for clients. Crown Point Transactions: solving IP issues globally.

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 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.

Prince Lobel

Prince Lobel’s IP team provides a one-stop shop patent monetisation service that cost-effectively leverages an ecosystem of lawyers, experts and analysts towards maximising patent owners’ return on invention. We start at the mining stage with a tested process to select the patents best suited for monetisation. We then craft a licensing strategy, which is supported by a highly skilled litigation team to catalyse constructive negotiations. Finally, when it is time to close deals, our negotiation team emphasises creative business-centric solutions that couple the merits of patents with critical client-centric factors. Prince Lobel’s mining, licensing and litigation experience allows us to work with clients to obtain any necessary financing and create a suitable fee structure. Most importantly, Prince Lobel’s track record proves that this all works. Our partners boast more than $1 billion in licensing revenue and an unmatched trial record that includes record-setting verdicts.


VALUENEX is a Big Data predictive analytics and consulting services company, powered by proprietary algorithms, AI and teams of data scientists and expert analysts. Founded in Tokyo in 2006 and publicly traded from 2018, the company provides solutions for R&D strategy, IP monetisation and evaluation, financial investment analyses and leveraging and technology convergence mapping. 

VALUENEX works with clients across a wide range of industries and business functions. Its panoramic-view analytics platform and expert consulting has led to breakthroughs in IP research and predictive modelling. Further, the company has grown on the global stage and now counts 45% of the Japanese Fortune 500 as its 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 and technology specific trend mapping and comprehensive M&A analyses, VALUENEX continues to hold the top position in the field. 

HEVC Advance LLC

HEVC Advance LLC is an independent licensing administrator, which was formed to support the rapid and widespread adoption of the high-efficiency video coding (H.265) video compression standard. Our balanced programme meets the needs of both patent inventors and implementers by providing industry-leading transparency, FRAND rates and a modern approach to patent pool licensing. HEVC Advance licensees enjoy access to thousands of essential, high-quality patents that are necessary to implement the HEVC/H.265 standard. 

Ocean Tomo

Ocean Tomo, an intellectual capital merchant bank firm, provides companies with financial services relating to IP and intangible assets, including financial expert testimony, valuation, strategy consulting, investment advisory, innovation management consulting and transaction brokerage.

Ocean Tomo’s opinion, management and advisory services are built on more than three decades of experience valuing IP in the most rigorous of venues – the state, federal and international courts. Ocean Tomo’s financial, market and technical experts provide a unique understanding of the contributory value of proprietary innovation. This insight is the cornerstone of the business and permeates every practice.

Subsidiaries of Ocean Tomo include Ocean Tomo Investment Group, LLC – a licensed broker-dealer under federal and state securities law – and Ocean Tomo Hong Kong Ltd (operating as Ocean Tomo China), a joint venture between Ocean Tomo and Sinofaith IP Group.

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.


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 workflows. We are building an environment in which IP managers can monetise their patents. By removing overhead burdens and unleashing the value of assets, we drive faster innovation. Law firms, corporations and research centres benefit from end-to-end data automation and integrated AI to assist strategic portfolio decisions. We believe that patent management must evolve in order to meet the needs of companies and patent practitioners. Our mission is to reinvent the patent lifecycle with automation technology and services.

InnovationQ Plus

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.

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.

Acacia Research Corporation

Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTG) applies its deep legal and technological expertise to help patent owners to get the most out of their patent assets. From providing start-ups with capital and portfolio growth assistance to working with established companies as an outsourced licensing partner, Acacia is at the centre of innovation value creation.

Global Prior Art

Founded in 1982, Global Prior Art (GPA) is an IP research, analysis and consulting firm widely known as “The Most Trusted Name in IP Research”®. The go-to firm for invalidity work, GPA supports leading companies, law firms, and JDGs.  For IP value creation, GPA’s proprietary methodologies, technical expertise, and business insight help companies protect their investment in innovation. Services include IP due diligence, opportunity assessment, innovation strategy, competitive IP benchmarking, IP monitoring, and portfolio pruning.

GPA’s deep technical bench comprises over 50 full-time U.S. technical experts, including specialists in computer security, cloud services, streaming media, mobile devices, user interface, databases, and operating systems. This ensures that all technology and IP issues are understood and effectively addressed. Its clients rely on GPA for insight and strategy, as illustrated by GPA’s groundbreaking work analyzing the Internet of Things’ landscape. GPA’s intelligence facilitates driverless cars, clearing a path forward through the IP landmines.

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.

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.

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, Washington, Singapore and Sydney.

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


Evalueserve is one of the world’s largest IP and R&D service providers. We offer a unique approach to quality patent searching, patent analytics and innovation intelligence. Our revolutionary search and intelligence quality index allows the quality of a search to be determined. Coupled with customised curated data for better insights, we bring a unique proposition to the market. We also offer industrialised, high-volume digital patent drafting, prosecution and IP docketing. Our ‘mind+machine’ approach is a unique combination of human expertise and best-in-class proprietary technologies (eg, Insightloupe), which uses smart algorithms to simplify key tasks and control and improve the output of complex analytics tasks. 

Cellixsoft Corporation

Cellixsoft Corporation was founded in 2002 and provides IP solutions and technical services to global clients in the semiconductor, electronics and software industries. With six in-house state-of-the-art laboratories, Cellixsoft has developed more than 30 types of software and five sets of electronic design automation tools. Cellixsoft has more than 600 employees – 90% of whom are engineers – and runs an online product database featuring more than 40,000 products. Cellixsoft conducts IP analysis, including evidence of use, patent product mapping, prior art searching, portfolio assessment, patent mining, patent writing and patent transaction and technical analysis (eg, tear down, testing, process analysis, circuit analysis, competitive analysis and simulation).

Sun IP

Sun IP provides streamlined solutions for complex and deadline-driven IP translation and international patent filing needs, including Patent Cooperation Treaty national phase entry documents, European patent validations and direct national filings. Our industry-leading translation and filing services are reinforced by a world-class technology platform and excellence in client service that seamlessly propels clients’ IP portfolios worldwide.

Sun IP’s accurate, timely and transparent solutions enable clients to reduce costs, streamline their global IP workflows and efficiently manage international patent budgets. Our translation and foreign filing services are reinforced by a secure, cloud-based technology solution and an unparalleled commitment to client service. By leveraging Sun IP’s experienced team and tech-enabled operations, clients can reduce the costs and complexity associated with international patent filing management. 


IP.com provides corporations, governments and research universities worldwide with solutions that enable them to make insightful decisions regarding their innovations and IP. We believe that rapid, easy-to-use access to highly relevant information enables better decisions. Patents and technical documents have become crucial strategic sources of information in business. The proliferation of massive data pools has made the manual examination of that data impossible. The less time that it takes to search for required information the more time that there is to analyse and act on it. Our IP solutions enable precise natural language searches of massive databases covering patents, technical literature, US litigation data, licensable technologies and more. Our analytics solutions help to determine the novelty and marketability of ideas. Better searches, analytics and industry-leading content allow organisations to make smarter, more cost-effective decisions about their entire innovation lifecycle, which results in higher shareholder value.


ktMINE collects, organises and connects transactional and IP data to help clients quickly and confidently perform research. ktMINE then takes that data and turns it into real, actionable insights because  it believes that there is a big difference between data and intelligence.

Media partners


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.

IP CloseUp

IP CloseUp is a leading source of insight for people who need to keep up to date with IP trends. Readers turn to IP CloseUp for weekly updates on news and perspectives about issues affecting patents and other IP rights, as well as transactions and the people and events that drive them.

IP CloseUp's readership includes executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, investors, journalists and inventors. Its regular features include research and data, events, books and videos. IP CloseUp is read in more than 50 countries and has generated more than 210,000 visits over the past four years.


Raconteur was founded on the conviction that expertly produced, intelligent, visually engaging content need not be limited to lifestyle and current affairs publications. Launched in 2008, our special reports in The Times brought high-quality journalism, in-depth analysis and searing clarity to traditionally complex and inaccessible industry issues, capturing the attention of some of the most powerful decision makers across the globe.

Fast-forward 10 years and the company looks slightly different, having grown into a full-service content marketing agency which spans strategy, creation and distribution. However, our ethos is unchanged. Whether designing an infographic, producing a video or crafting a report, we remain resolutely committed to providing exceptional, beautifully designed content that engages, educates and broadens the horizons of business leaders.

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.

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.

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.

The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding

The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) is an independent, non-profit organisation that is dedicated to increasing the awareness of IP rights and their impact on people’s lives.

The CIPU provides information, conducts research and facilitates activities that make IP rights more intelligible, enhances their value and deters theft. The CIPU, which was established in 2016, also tracks attitudes toward IP – including patents, copyright and trademarks – and, through outreach, provides an education framework for understanding how IP promotes competition and creates jobs.


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.