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Avanci was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Dallas.

Avanci’s vision is that sharing technology on a broad scale for the Internet of Things industry can be simple. Our connected world is evolving quickly and we want to help this happen even faster. Our one-stop solution keeps the success of the ecosystem 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—this is all in one place, with one agreement and for one fair, flat rate. 

Bird & Bird


Bird & Bird is an international leading law firm in the business sector where technology plays a key role, specifically in the telecommunications, semi-conductors, electronics, life sciences, healthcare and automotive industries. It has built its reputation not only on exceptional legal expertise, but also on the ability to think beyond the details of law and get results by connecting opportunities and strategies.

The firm has been at the forefront of intellectual property for over 100 years. Having a longstanding presence, we have one of the most respected IP teams in the world committed to guiding businesses in protecting and realising their valuable intellectual property. With over 300 highly specialised lawyers worldwide, many of which are dual qualified with science background or engineering qualifications, our technical knowledge is first rate.

The Asia-Pacific IP team is spread across five offices: Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. The team operates as an integrated practice and is equipped to help at every stage of the IP lifecycle and offer the full spectrum of legal services, ranging from very specific advice to a total umbrella IP portfolio management. The team is particularly well known for managing and advising on complex, multijurisdictional matters and has a track record of successfully represented clients in some of the most high profile and ground breaking cases. It is this reputation that singles out Bird & Bird as a thought leader in intellectual property, best placed to serve businesses in need of all rounded legal services. 

Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory


Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory (DTFA) is a member of Deloitte, an international network of business professionals, and a Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC Group company. DTFA handles financial advisory services within Japan as a member of Deloitte, utilising the broad capabilities of Deloitte and the Deloitte Tohmatsu Group in the audit, risk advisory, consulting, financial advisory, law and tax fields in order to help companies solve M&A problems to improve performance and crisis management, such as corporate restructuring and forensic investigations. DTFA has approximately 600 financial advisers in Japan, based in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka; outside Japan, DTFA works closely with other Deloitte member firms, which enables it to provide the most appropriate services worldwide.

Deloitte provides audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. It serves four out of five Fortune Global 500 companies through a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries and territories, bringing world-class capabilities and insights and a high-quality service to address clients’ most complex business challenges. 

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..


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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.



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. 


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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.

IAM Market

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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.



Intralink manages sales, licensing and investment programmes for companies entering new markets in East Asia and Europe. Our team of over 70 full-time employees offers clients low-risk, cost-effective and practical means to engage in new markets, establish a domestic presence and generate new and incremental revenues. Since 1990 we have worked with over 1,000 organisations ranging from technology start-ups to global corporations which operate across multiple industries.

As part of Intralink’s broader international market expansion services, we manage licensing programmes for companies with high-quality IP assets. We have helped clients – including many Fortune 500 companies from Europe and the United States – to conclude fully paid-up and royalty-bearing licenses with Asia’s leading firms in the electronics, telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors. With its history of leadership in these sectors, Asia represents a major opportunity for Western companies to monetise their IP assets.

Intralink is headquartered in the United Kingdom and has offices in Oxford, London, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Silicon Valley and Boston.

Liu Shen & Associates

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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 80 attorneys at law and 190 patent attorneys, with expertise spanning most technical fields.


Marconi Group

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The Marconi Group provides a better way to share patented technology and has a vision of transforming the fundamentals of patent licensing. We create and support premier licensing platforms 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 investment in innovation and provides an efficient exchange to bring those innovations to market, reducing risks and costs. We also provide ongoing critical support to each of our platforms, including legal, finance, human resources, marketing and communications. Established in 2017, The Marconi Group is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. 

Navigant Consulting, Inc.


Navigant Consulting, Inc is a global professional services firm that helps clients to take control of their future. Navigant’s professionals apply deep industry knowledge, technical expertise and an enterprising approach to help clients to build, manage and protect their business interests. With a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change and regulatory or legal pressures, the firm primarily serves clients in the healthcare, energy and financial services industries. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing and technology and analytics services, Navigant’s practitioners bring sharp insight that pinpoints opportunities and delivers powerful results.

The Navigant IP practice works closely with industry experts to offer full-service IP valuation, strategy and transaction services across areas including information and communications technology, life sciences, medical devices, energy and financial services. Navigant IP professionals combine state-of-the art data and analytics with advanced valuation methodologies to support decision making in portfolio management and monetisation. Navigant has a global reach, with more than 5,000 employees in more than 60 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.

The Navigant IP team actively structures and manages joint development and licensing programmes and negotiates IP-based transactions. The team also provides damages analysis, including research and discovery to support lost profits and royalty calculations and expert testimony delivery. Clients range from large multinational companies to individual innovators, law firms and investors. The team employs advanced valuation methodologies to measure the profit contribution of intellectual property together with their insights, network and experience in the IP marketplace to enhance client returns.

Nokia Technologies


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.



Novagraaf represents a new choice of IP services provider for customers in Asia seeking to protect and realise value from their intellectual property in Europe. While Novagraaf has been providing IP services to businesses in Asia for more than 40 years, our newly established offices in Tokyo and Hong Kong offer dedicated local support to clients in the region.

Our network of patent, trademark and design specialists pride themselves on making it easy for IP owners in Asia to navigate European IP systems and requirements. Based across 16 offices in five European countries and with offices in China, Japan and the United States, we can provide timely and cost-effective IP services to both in-house teams and private practices.

Novagraaf is different from traditional IP law firms and IP services companies. We have a long and distinguished history in the European IP market, having served a global client base ranging from innovative start-ups to multinational corporations for nearly 130 years. We offer the complete range of capabilities, including advisory, strategic, technology and administrative services.

By working in partnership with clients, we can tailor our services to their specific IP needs and develop solutions that help them to meet their business objectives. 



Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

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

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

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




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

  • competitive intelligence and technological landscaping;

  • ideation management and innovation capture;

  • technology scouting and licensing-in;

  • invention management and prior-art searching;

  • portfolio management and pruning; and

  • licensing-out and monetisation.

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

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



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



Syndefense has over 30 years’ experience in the IP and licensing fields. By facilitating collaboration among industry, government and academia, it helps to sustain and facilitate growth in high-tech industries and promote further innovation. Syndefense uses effective defensive and offensive IP strategies and business development strategies to enable firms to recoup R&D costs, obtain profits and re-invest in next-generation research and business development.

Syndefense discourages patent monetisation by selling noncore patent assets to inefficient patent businesses promoted by patent trolls and its patent monetisation business promoters; with its collaborative clients and partners, it helps to prevent harmful outcomes that would counter the spirit of the patent system. Services and solutions Syndefense provides include:

  • IP strategy consultation;

  • IP value creation and IP risk management;

  • IP-driven M&A and market entry advice;

  • syndicated IP acquisition and licensing;

  • IP funding as a project-financing platform; and

  • event planning, IP trend research and educational activity.



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.


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

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

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

TMI Associates

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TMI Associates is one of the largest law firms in Japan, and intellectual property – including patents, designs and trademarks – has been one of its strongest practice areas since its establishment. TMI provides the full range of IP services, including prosecution, transactions (eg, patent sales, acquisitions and licensing), offensive and defensive litigations, oppositions, invalidation trials and import suspension at Customs for all kinds of technologies and brands. TMI’s unique organisational structure, composed of patent and trademark attorneys and attorneys at law, enables it to respond effectively to the needs of clients across the globe with regard to a wide variety of businesses and technologies.




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 30% 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. 

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