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IP Bridge


IP Bridge focuses on promoting technological innovation and cooperation, in Japan and abroad. We worked with investors, including the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan – a unique partnership between 26 major corporations and the Japanese government – to establish the first and largest fund in Japan (approximately $300 million) aimed at global innovation and IP-related investments. Our mission is to activate and leverage high-quality, under-utilised IP assets for a variety of IP owners based in and outside Japan. Our vision is for these activities to stimulate economic development and the healthy growth of industries worldwide.

IP Bridge has worked with leading technology companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and universities to build large, high-quality portfolios of more than 3,500 patents worldwide, including patents in the fields of wireless communications, semiconductors, video codecs, display technologies, automotive technologies, robotics, home appliances, electrical devices, healthcare, environment and energy, food technologies and medical engineering.

Our world-class team includes experienced IP and corporate management professionals at major technology companies, investment funds, financial institutions and law firms. We have the global experience and relationships to provide comprehensive IP services (including IP-based business incubation, monetisation, licensing and financing) to generate revenue and fuel innovation and business expansion, syndicated transactions to remove potential IP risks to clients and IP consulting services to build IP strategies, maximise IP value and best position clients for success.

Mitsui & Co

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Mitsui & Co, Ltd is one of the most diverse and comprehensive trading, investment and service enterprises in the world, with 139 offices in 66 countries. With our global operating locations, network and information resources, we are multilaterally pursuing a range of business activities – from product sales, worldwide logistics and financing to the development of major international infrastructure and other projects in a variety of industries. Mitsui is actively working towards business innovation around the world.

Japan is one of the world’s most advanced IP markets and the home to a significant number of IP creators. Since 2013 Mitsui has worked closely with Japanese businesses and academic institutions in order to enhance IP asset utilisation and value creation. The creation and utilisation of IP assets is becoming increasingly important, and Mitsui plans to develop and accelerate the provision of seamless, comprehensive and sophisticated services throughout the IP asset lifecycle and contribute to successful innovation on behalf of clients.



Nomura is an Asia-headquartered financial services group with an integrated global network spanning more than 30 countries. Under its slogan of ‘Connecting Markets East & West’, Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions, corporations and governments through its three business divisions: retail, asset management and wholesale (global markets and investment banking). Founded in 1925, the firm is built on a tradition of disciplined entrepreneurship, serving clients with creative solutions and considered thought leadership. 



Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronic technologies and solutions for customers in consumer electronics, housing, automotive and business-to-business organisations. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the company has expanded globally and now operates 495 subsidiaries and 91 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of Y7.343 trillion for the year ending March 31 2017. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. 

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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. 

Vinson & Elkins

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Celebrating its 100-year anniversary in September 2017, Vinson & Elkins (V&E) is an international law firm with more than 650 attorneys in 16 offices across the globe, including in Tokyo. The firm established its IP practice – one of the first in the United States – in 1927 and it remains an essential part of V&E today. V&E lawyers provide legal services to some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated business enterprises, addressing a multitude of challenging litigation, transactional and regulatory matters. V&E has represented clients in the Asia-Pacific region for more than 30 years and has extensive experience providing Asian companies with litigation, transactional and strategic legal counselling support in complex IP and corporate matters. The combination of our Texas roots and global presence gives us an understanding of legal and regulatory structures and market practices in jurisdictions around the world. From litigation, post-grant proceedings and patent prosecution to commercial licensing and M&A support, our IP lawyers combine tremendous legal acumen with technical backgrounds in areas such as engineering, science and medicine to develop comprehensive solutions to clients’ IP needs.

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.


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Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP

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Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP is an Indian IP and technology law firm. The firm was formed in 1992 and merged with a law practice set up in 1956. It has approximately 150 employees in offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Ahmedabad.    

Since its inception, the firm has handled all issues relating to trademarks, patents, designs, copyrights, plant varieties, trade secrets, licensing, franchising, merchandising, M&A, joint ventures, litigation, arbitration, food, drugs and medical device regulations, information technology laws, e-commerce regulations, media, broadcasting and entertainment laws, healthcare and medical malpractice laws and related techno-legal issues.

The firm’s clients include domestic and multinational entities from all major industries and sectors. The firm’s professionals include specialists with niche qualifications and industry experience, which is leveraged to provide clients with the maximum value from legal counselling. Further, most of the firm’s professionals have received formative degrees in natural sciences, engineering, arts or business before qualifying as lawyers, which is useful while navigating industry-specific legal issues.     

The firm has been consistently ranked among the top tier in its field by leading domestic and international legal publications. It has also contributed to the development and enforcement of IP and technology laws in India. 



Established in 1999, Wisdomain specialises in patent mining solutions that enable IP professionals to search and analyse worldwide technology sectors to make faster, better and more cost-effective IP business decisions. Wisdomain’s flagship product ActionablePatents.com is a leading patent search and analysis solution with a series of advanced tools designed to integrate big patent data into ready-to-use information for IP professionals and IP-intensive organisations across all industries. During Spring 2014 the company also launched automated report generation solution IP Intellisource, which eliminates time-consuming research and data compilation work by instantly providing user-specified patent analytics reports containing actionable information.

Wisdomain products are available in English, Korean and Japanese 

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Anaqua, Inc is a leading global provider of IP management and analytics software and services for organisations worldwide. 

Our software platform, ANAQUA 9, strengthens the operational aspects of managing intellectual property throughout its lifecycle and enhances the alignment of an organisation’s intellectual property with its business strategy. Our clients gain better insight for decision making across their entire IP portfolio, enabling them to enhance their productivity and maximise their return on investment. 

Founded in 2004 by IP leaders from The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Motor Company and British American Tobacco, Anaqua is a privately held company with worldwide headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. It also has a European headquarters in London, with other offices in Cologne and Paris and an Asian headquarters in Tokyo, as well as other offices in Hong Kong and India.


Bracewell LLP

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Bracewell LLP is a leading US law firm serving the technology, energy and financial services industries worldwide. Our industry focus enables us to maintain cutting-edge experience and in-depth knowledge of the commercial, legal and regulatory challenges faced by clients so that we can provide the most effective legal solutions to facilitate transactions and resolve disputes. Bracewell offers the personalised attention of a boutique and the broad-based resources of a full-service law firm. We advise on all aspects of IP law, including patent prosecution and enforcement, licensing, technology transfers and joint venture agreements. Our seasoned litigators practise in courtrooms across the United States and include both licensed patent attorneys and litigators experienced in complex commercial litigation. This sophisticated litigation experience includes in-depth training in science, energy and technology and allows Bracewell's IP litigation practice to deliver an aggressive and practical defence of clients’ valuable IP rights.

Bureau van Dijk


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

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

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

Our services include:

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

Chofn IP

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Founded in 2002, Chofn has grown into one of the largest Chinese IP firms, with 1,500 employees and 21 offices in 19 major Chinese cities. We offer a one-stop-shop for all IP matters, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and domain names. Apart from patent and trademark attorneys and attorneys at law, we also have in-house translators, patent and trademark search professionals and investigators specialised in anti-counterfeiting matters and evidence acquisition. With these leading IP professionals, we provide quality IP services at a reasonable rate, including prosecution, search and analysis, strategy, licensing and transactions, enforcement and litigation. As a client-oriented firm, we pride ourselves on our prompt response and pragmatic solutions to clients' IP problems and are always ready to tailor our services to clients' specific needs.

Faith Intellectual Assets

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FAITH Intellectual Assets was established in Taiwan in Summer 2016, by IP experts who have been involved with advanced patent practices, especially in the Asia-Pacific and Greater China regions.

With extensive experience of patent monetisation practises, FAITH offers strategic patent solutions covering patent transactions, portfolio development and patent monetisation, to clients in Asia.

With great connections in place, FAITH connects universities, research centres and technology companies in Greater China, providing opportunities to utilise the synergy that it can offer.

Global IP Law Group

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Global IP Law Group was founded with a singular focus – to help patent owners maximise their return from patent assets. To accomplish this goal we assembled a team of lawyers with extensive expertise in traditional patent enforcement, patent portfolio management and patent sales transactions. Our varied experience gives our lawyers a unique perspective on all aspects of the patent world. The results speak for themselves, encompassing both the largest patent sale and largest patent-backed debt offering in history, as well as many smaller but equally successful engagements.

Houlihan Lokey

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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.  



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

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

Landon IP

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Landon IP is a global search and analytics company having offices in all of "The Five Offices (IP5)" (Japan, US, EU, China, and Korea). We will carry out projects by best-of-breed global teams.


Lee and Li Attorneys-at-Law


As the largest law firm in Taiwan, Lee and Li Attorneys-at-Law provides clients with the full legal service. It has more than 20 practice groups, which cover intellectual property, corporate, investment, banking, capital markets, labour, tax, environmental protection and litigation, among other things. The firm's 50-plus years' experience in the IP field includes patent harvesting, drafting, global filing, enforcement, transactions, licensing, dispute resolution, prosecution and strategy consultation. Lee and Li has established a Greater China IP service platform – through its exclusive alliance with Lee and Li-Leaven IPR Agency in Beijing and L&L-Leaven Attorneys-at-Law in Shanghai – to jointly serve clients' legal and IP needs.

Lee and Li has been named best patent firm by numerous international surveys, such as Chambers Global, Managing Intellectual Property and Asia IP.


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Microsoft believes that intellectual property is the currency of innovation. Our patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets protect and enable the development of innovative software to empower every person and organisation on the planet to do more and achieve more. With an annual R&D budget of over $11 billion, no other software company invests as much in innovation.

Our IP portfolio is a strategic asset that provides significant value to the company, our customers and our partners. Microsoft’s portfolio of more than 60,000 issued patents – and more than 35,000 pending worldwide – is consistently rated at the top of the industry by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, OceanTomo and the Patent Board.  



NLO protects and reinforces clients’ ideas, innovations and trademarks to perfection, bearing in mind the markets in which they are actively involved. How we proceed and work together with clients is guided by the key values that our organisation is based on: expertise, passion, teamwork, creativity and experience. These have been the key ingredients of our services for over 125 years and will continue to be pivotal in the future. NLO is the largest full-service IP consultancy in the Netherlands and Belgium.

For strategic choices involving IP portfolios, clients prefer advice from different perspectives. We offer the unique combination of technical and legal expertise and insight into the business environment. Our teams – comprising trademark and patent attorneys – combine complementary knowledge and expertise so that every type of issue can be addressed at every possible level. 



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

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

Sugimura & Partners

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SUGIMURA & Partners, founded in 1923 as Sugimura International Patent & Trademark Attorneys, is a leading IP law firm. SUGIMURA has been consistently ranked among the top Japanese patent and trademark firms and has earned a reputation for high-quality services in various IP areas, including prosecution, evaluation, licensing and litigation.

SUGIMURA recently expanded to become a full-service IP law firm with the capability to handle all legal matters, including law suits. To mark this event, the firm became SUGIMURA & Partners.

SUGIMURA delivers results-oriented solutions and offers services tailored to clients’ needs. Its attorneys are skilled in the nuances of IP law and in multiple languages and include technical experts in virtually every industry. Through seamless collaboration between its Tokyo and Silicon Valley offices, SUGIMURA delivers tailored solutions and around-the-clock service to clients worldwide.


Tsai Lee & Chen


Tsai, Lee & Chen (TLC) is a top-tier IP law firm based in Taiwan. The firm has provided the full spectrum of IP services since 1995. It has represented more than 2,000 clients worldwide – including Fortune 500 corporations – and received numerous awards.

Many of TLC’s professionals possess dual qualifications across Taiwan and China, which enables the firm to tailor technical and legal solutions for clients. TLC’s patent attorneys specialise in high-tech fields, including semiconductors, display technology, telecommunications, consumer electronics, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, mechanical engineering, computer software, business methods and industrial designs. The firm’s litigators are seasoned at advocating for multinational corporations and have successfully won many landmark cases relating to patents, trademarks and unfair competition. The firm’s trademark group works seamlessly on applications and prosecution, and the group’s outstanding skills are demonstrated by the complicated contentious issues that it tackles.


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

Intellectual Property Association of Japan 


The Intellectual Property Association of Japan (IPAJ) was established in October 2002 by IP researchers and business owners with intellectual property.

The IPAJ promotes research activities in interdisciplinary fields – such as law, economics, management and international relations – in order to create, protect and utilise technologies and media content. The IPAJ is attended by a wide range of people who are interested in intellectual property.

The IPAJ’s main activities include organising an annual conference for academic researchers, publishing academic journals, hosting domestic and international symposia, and promoting research activities by sub-committees. In addition, the IPAJ presents an annual award to the company which achieves remarkable results in the IP field and to students who make exemplary speeches at the conference.

Further, the IPAJ also actively promotes human resource development and makes necessary proposals to the Japanese government through its activities.

International IP Commercialization Council


IIPCC is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation that provides a platform for the business and innovator communities to increase their understanding of intellectual property and seek resources to unleash the value and commercialisation potential of their creative and innovative intellectual property into products, services or processes. IIPCC embraces commercialisation of intellectual property that promotes sustainable economic growth, protects the environment, creates jobs for all social strata and improves quality of life. 

IIPCC’s mission is to promote IP education for business, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, policymakers and professionals; promote good IP practices and standards towards certification for effective commercialisation in the regional and global markets; and provide social and business networks for IP commercialisation opportunities.

IIPCC comprises a highly structured networking system that enables interaction and encourages innovation and commercialisation at all levels, thus providing a platform for the circulation of innovations and facilitating an entrepreneurial ecosystem for IP commercialisation to benefit regional and global communities.

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International Law Office


Launched in 1998, the International Law Office (ILO) is the nexus where global corporate counsel engage with the world’s preeminent law firms, and with each other. The ILO brand encompasses a multifaceted online resource for senior international corporate counsel, which provides tailored, quality-assured updates on global legal developments, a database of the world’s major deals and the legal advisers involved, and a comprehensive directory of firms and partners. Recognising its unique relationship with global corporate counsel, ILO is an Online Media Partner to the Association of Corporate Counsel, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association Section of International Law, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the European Company Lawyers Association.


Lexology Large (GES) 

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

World Trademark Review


World Trademark Review is a bi-monthly, practitioner-led publication which focuses on the issues that matter to trademark professionals the world over. In each issue the experienced editorial team and extensive panel of correspondents provide in-depth coverage of national and regional trends, profile the world’s major trademark offices (including how they function and handle important registration issues), and conduct interviews with leading trademark personalities.

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