Sponsors

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IP Bridge

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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.

Panasonic

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Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. The company, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018, has expanded globally and now operates 582 subsidiaries and 87 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 8.003 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2019. 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. 

Gold sponsors

AWA

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AWA is a leading IP consultancy firm with a presence in Europe and Asia. Our clients are innovation-intensive companies, ranging from start-ups to the owners of some of the world’s best-known brands and patent portfolios. We help them to turn their ideas and innovations into business opportunities.

Our 180 patent attorneys, attorneys at law and other IP professionals are experts in IP strategy and legal services, as well as patents, trademark, design and copyright.

Our sister company, AWA Asia, has 20 employees in Beijing and Hong Kong and assists international companies with all of their IP and legal needs in Asia and Europe.

AWA was founded in 1897 and has 300 employees across 17 offices in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, China, Hong Kong and the United States. In 2017 we reported sales of €68.5 million.

Bureau van Dijk

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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.

Derwent

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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.

Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory

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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

DolbyDolby 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.

Ericsson

Gold - Ericsson 180We 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

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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP is one of the largest firms in the world focusing solely on IP law. Founded in 1965, Finnegan has grown from a two-member partnership to a firm of more than 350 lawyers practising all aspects of IP law. 

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 patent oppositions, international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust and unfair competition.

Innovative companies in China regularly engage Finnegan to protect their IP assets. Finnegan has 30 Chinese-speaking attorneys who have law degrees from US universities and bachelor’s degrees from well-known Chinese universities and are specialists in a wide range of technical fields. Our offices in the United States, Europe and Asia can assist with IP matters effectively and quickly.

Finnegan opened its Shanghai office in 2008 in order to better serve Chinese companies. Over the past decade, Finnegan has been actively involved in the IP field in China. We have held various seminars on IP law, providing a platform for Chinese in-house IP counsel to learn about recent IP developments in the United States. With the expansion of Chinese companies into new markets, Finnegan is well prepared to assist Chinese clients with their US IP strategy needs.

Haseltine Lake

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Established in the 1850s, Haseltine Lake is a major European IP business with offices in the United Kingdom (Bristol, London and Glasgow), Germany (Munich) and a representative office in China (Guangzhou). We have built a strong international reputation for top-quality advice across a wide range of technologies and industry sectors.

Most of our clients are large corporate entities, but we also work with universities and research institutes and small and medium-sized enterprises across the high-tech and bio and pharma sectors. We have clients in more than 50 countries – including all major European countries, the United States, Japan and China – and are proud of the long-lasting relationships we have with many of our clients.

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.  

HTS

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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.

Intellectual Ventures

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Founded in 2000, Intellectual Ventures (IV) is the global leader in the business of invention. IV collaborates with leading inventors, partners with pioneering companies and invests both expertise and capital in the process of invention. IV’s mission is to energise and streamline an invention economy that will drive innovation around the world.

Intralink

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Intralink was founded in the United Kingdom and Japan in 1990 and works with IP-rich companies from Europe and North America to develop and execute licensing strategies for key markets in Asia-Pacific. The company has offices in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Oxford, London, Boston and Silicon Valley and employs more than 50 full-time, bilingual employees who engage in IP-related activities.

Intralink has experience working with IP across a broad range of technologies and sectors – from semiconductors and photonics to telecoms and displays. The company works for some of the best-known technology companies in the world and, through its non-litigious patent licensing activities, has concluded deals with many of Asia’s leading original equipment manufacturers. The company has also licensed enabling technologies in the electronics, energy, automotive and biotech fields.

MiiCs & Partners

 

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MiiCs & Partners is one of Asia’s most reputable IP monetisation and management consulting firms. We focus on helping clients to optimise their patented assets and maximise their value. Our services include developing suitable patent monetisation and patent transaction strategies and we have successfully advised many clients on how to effectively generate value through the full range of services, including IP sales, acquisitions and licensingBased in Greater China with an extensive global market network, MiiCs manages all patent sales matters for Foxconn technology group, as well as serving many other clients in Asia. Our branches in Taipei, Shenzhen and California allow us to provide comprehensive, thoughtful and timely services to clients.

Nokia Technologies

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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.

Piece Future

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Piece Future was founded in 2016 and is Asia’s global IP investment bank. We provide a range of services to our diverse clients, which include multinationals, small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups that rely on us for their returns. We deliver our services to clients around the world, including in Singapore, Japan, China and Hong Kong.

As Asia’s leading IP investment bank, Piece Future strives to be the premier organisation transforming IP into business commercialisation. Piece Future offers a range of IP services, including business strategy consultancy, intelligence, innovation, sourcing and investment opportunities.

Piece Future has formulated a unique in-house financial market-based patent valuation system, Valuation 360, to help multinationals manage and commercialise challenging portfolios. This initiative has helped our clients to uncover numerous hidden gems in their patent portfolios and has generated manifold returns from their investments.

Piece Future has also created the world’s first IP innovation start-up competition, IPHatch. Established in Singapore and Hong Kong, IPHatch is quickly expanding into other parts of Asia. In the past two years, Piece Future had invested in the IP of more than a dozen start-ups and is actively growing.

Powell Gilbert

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Powell Gilbert LLP is a leading European law firm which specialises in IP dispute resolution and advisory work with a strong international focus. From our London base, we guide clients through the European IP landscape. We are recognised as a top-tier firm for patent litigation in the United Kingdom and our lawyers’ extensive experience and strong technical backgrounds mean that we are uniquely positioned to address complex and commercially critical IP matters.

Working with knowledge, technology and brand-based industries – from start-ups to multinationals – we span a broad range of sectors, including electronics, telecoms, energy technology, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and consumer goods. Our experience ranges from representation in some of the largest telecoms and FRAND licensing disputes to acting in the earliest and most complex biotechnology patent cases, as well as enforcing trademark rights against counterfeiting in the luxury goods sector and acting in copyright disputes involving iconic furniture designs and wearable medtech. Many of our clients are based in Asia-Pacific.

Our lawyers are at the forefront of the profession. We have been involved in many leading and high-profile cases in the UK courts and have gained a wealth of experience from coordinating European litigation. We have extensive experience in using arbitration and mediation to resolve complex IP disputes, whether in the context of existing agreements or on an ad hoc basis.

Richardson Oliver Insights

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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.

TechInsights

TechInsights-Logo-ColourTechInsights 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.

Valuenex

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

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

Via Licensing

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Via Licensing Corporation is a world-leading provider of IP solutions, such as patent pools. Via maintains deep relationships with global leaders in the technology and entertainment fields, as well as other highly innovative companies from around the world. Via administers patent pools that promote innovation in technologies such as audio, broadcast and wireless.

 

Bronze sponsors

Anaqua

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

Our software platform, ANAQUA, 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.

Cellixsoft

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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).

Dennemeyer

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The Dennemeyer Group has been setting benchmarks for service and software solutions in the IP industry for more than half a century. Dennemeyer rapidly evolved into one of the world’s most comprehensive full-service providers for the protection and management of IP rights – from IP law firm services (Dennemeyer & Associates) and software and management services (Dennemeyer IP Solutions) to IP consulting (Dennemeyer IP Consulting).

Global IP Law Group

Global IP Law Group 180Global 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.

IPValue

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

Microsoft

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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.

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.

Sagacious IP

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Sagacious IP is an award-winning IP research and consulting company which has helped participants in the IP ecosystem by providing innovative solutions and services since 2008. Sagacious IP has assisted more than 1,200 clients from over 45 countries with more than 12,500 projects in over 16 languages. 

Sagacious IP successfully solves business challenges for Fortune 500 companies, IAM 1000-recommended law firms, start-ups, investors, universities, licensing agencies and other participants in the IP ecosystem. Its services and solutions span across the IP lifecycle – from developing an IP strategy, to the creation of IP and its maintenance and monetisation. 

Sagacious IP is powered by a technically brilliant talent pool of patent professionals in diverse technology areas, including information and communications technology, engineering, automotive, life sciences and chemistry. Its patent professionals are trained by US and European patent attorneys and have multi-lingual expertise, including in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. 

Sagacious IP was recognised for its outstanding achievements and innovative solutions by CNBC TV18 in 2014, Red Herring’s Top 100 Asia in 2015 and Great Place To Work India in 2018.

 

Media partners

International Law Office

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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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