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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.

Nomura

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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 and 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.

In April 2017, based on its strong relationship with customers, Nomura established a new corporate innovation consulting department to support the implementation of business growth by addressing the main business issues that are of the greatest concern to managers of private mid-sized companies. The department’s mission is to focus on private companies – which are one of Nomura’s most important customer segments – and to provide them with business growth support services, thereby contributing to the enhancement of Nomura’s corporate value.

There are many private companies that have great technologies but are unaware of them or do not know how to utilise them. In order to support the business growth of such private companies using IP as a driver, Nomura provides IP consulting services, including support for the formulation and implementation of IP strategies and the utilisation of IP.

Panasonic

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Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in consumer electronics, housing, automotive and business-to-business organisations. 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 Y8,003 trillion for the year ending 31 March 2019. Panasonic is committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines. The company uses its technologies to improve the quality of life and create a better world for its customers.

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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, a Clarivate Analytics company, powers the innovation lifecycle from idea to commercialisation using trusted patent data, applications and services, including Derwent Innovation, Derwent World Patents Index, Derwent Patents 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.

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.

Liu Shen & Associates

Liu Shen logoEstablished in 1993, Liu Shen & Associates is a firm specialising in IP law. The firm serves clients in all phases of the IP lifecycle, from the acquisition of patent rights (inventions, utility models and designs) and trademarks to the transfer and licensing, investment, enforcement and protection of rights and related litigation and administrative proceedings.

The firm has 456 employees, including 198 patent attorneys and 61 attorneys at law. Most of our professionals have overseas experience and training and can provide clients with both legal and technical support, and all are at least bilingual.

Our commitment to providing clients with globalised IP protection has won the trust of many well-known corporations which have become long-lasting clients and business partners. The firm intends to further expand its business scope, keep pace with new developments and provide high-quality services to meet clients’ requirements.

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 6.1 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.

Orrick

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Orrick serves clients in the technology and innovation, energy and infrastructure and finance sectors globally. Founded more than 150 years ago, the firm now has 1,200 lawyers in more than 25 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm provides clients with innovative solutions to their most complex transactional, litigation and regulatory matters. The Financial Times named Orrick the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and Fortune has named the firm among the 100 Best Companies to Work for four years in a row.

Orrick’s IP group – which comprises 100 lawyers throughout the world, including a cadre of first-chair trial lawyers – is recognised globally for its impressive high-stake, high-profile litigation wins and its deep bench. Its comprehensive, collaborative approach to IP planning, successes in IP litigation and appellate work make Orrick the go-to choice for resolving bet-the-company IP disputes, as well as for helping companies stay out of the courtroom.

In Asia, Orrick’s IP team assists Asian and multinational companies with all aspects of their IP rights in greater China, Japan and the United States. In particular, Orrick’s lawyers have demonstrated proficiency in patent, copyright, trade secrets and trademark infringement actions with extensive experience in IP licensing and counselling, advising clients on litigation avoidance and IP protection strategies. The team has been widely recognised as one of the most recommended firms for IP in Asia by Chambers Asia-Pacific, the Legal 500, Managing Intellectual Property, the IAM Patent 1000 and Asian Legal Business.

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.

Rothwell Figg

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Rothwell Figg is a quality-focused IP firm. We are experienced, strategic, cross-disciplined and business-oriented. Like our clients, we understand that technology and innovation are key factors in a company’s success. 

We handle all aspects of IP law in today’s complicated business environment. Because many of our attorneys have broad litigation and transactional experience, we also advise and represent clients in the commercial, regulatory and constitutional matters that often arise at the intersection of technology and business. We are often called on to represent clients in matters relating to data privacy and cybersecurity – several of our attorneys with technical backgrounds in computer science and systems engineering are certified privacy practitioners.

Our clients are complex and high profile, diverse in their business, technical, size and geographic scope.  We represent leading companies, as well as start-ups and entrepreneurs, in Asia, North America and Europe in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical, electronics, telecoms, computer hardware, software, internet, semiconductors, medical and mechanical systems industries. 

Rothwell Figg is regularly listed as one of the best and most highly regarded IP law firms in the United States. According the IAM Patent 1000 (2019), our clients say that we are “knowledgeable and experienced”, and include some of the best litigators and IP lawyers in the country. Not only do we understand our clients’ business needs, but we also seek solutions to “complex international disputes that align with them”.

In short, our mission is simple: to provide clients with high-quality legal services delivered on time for a reasonable fee.

Sisvel

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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.

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.

Roundtable sponsors

Ropes & Gray

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Science, technology and business leaders turn to Ropes & Gray to handle their critical IP matters. Our IP practice comprises more than 110 attorneys and technical advisers who are ranked globally by Chambers, US News & World Report, the IAM Patent 1000, Benchmark Litigation and Managing Intellectual Property. Our IP group offers the full range of IP services – from strategic counselling and litigation to licensing and transactions. Highly educated and experienced in science and technology, our IP lawyers consistently deliver results across a wide range of industries, including technology and media, life sciences, retail and consumer, private equity and financial services and healthcare and education.

Ropes & Gray is one of the world’s premier law firms, with more than 1,400 lawyers and legal professionals and clients in major centres of business, finance, technology and government. With offices in Chicago, New York, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul, the firm can address the complex legal issues that global clients face today.

Sonoda and Kobayashi

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Sonoda & Kobayashi is a leading Japanese IP law firm, established in 1998 and located in central Tokyo. The firm was founded with the specific intention of creating a Japanese IP law firm with a global mindset, to foster stress-free communication and to provide exceptional services. Since then, Sonoda & Kobayashi has stayed true to this goal. A unique philosophy and high standards have allowed the firm to exclusively represent leading global and domestic companies in a wide spectrum of enterprises, and to become one of the most trustworthy firms in Asia for the prosecution and enforcement of IP rights.

Sonoda & Kobayashi’s legal services cover the full range of IP matters, including patent drafting and prosecution, oppositions and invalidation actions, utility models, design and trademark prosecution, as well as prior art searches and strategic patent portfolio analysis.

Sonoda & Kobayashi specialises in electronics, physics and mechanical engineering, as well as chemistry, biology and pharmaceuticals sciences. With clients spanning from individual inventors and start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, Sonoda & Kobayashi represent some of the most recognisable brands across the telecoms, industrial manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries, among others. With a dedicated international client relations department composed of international attorneys and business people, which serves to bridge the gap between Japanese and Western cultures, each and every one of Sonoda & Kobayashi's global clients is provided the appropriate customised IP strategy for their unique business needs.

Silver sponsor

Wisdomain

wisdomain_logoEstablished 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

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.

Ankura

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

Allied Security Trust

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Allied Security Trust (AST) is a cooperative of multi-billion-dollar global high-tech companies created to minimize the risk of patent assertions and litigation by proactively acquiring rights to patents. AST identifies and analyses high-tech patents available on the secondary market, uses a proprietary platform to inform our members about those patents and syndicates purchases of selected patents. AST then resells the patents, subject to licences granted to those members, with the proceeds returned to the participating members. AST also provides market research and analytics to our members.

AST was founded in 2007 by four global high-tech companies as a member-driven vehicle to mitigate patent risk and to operate with no profit motive. AST has approximately 40 members, including Dolby, Ford, Google, Honda, IBM, Intel, Lyft, Microsoft, Oracle, Philips, SAP, Sony, Spotify, Twitter, Uber and Verizon. To date, members have invested more than $450 million to purchase more than 3,000 assets. 

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).

ClarkeModet

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ClarkeModet is the largest IP group in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. We join our clients in the strategic management of the entire lifecycle of their IP rights – from the idea to the market. To that end, we use a unique, disruptive and innovative methodology to transform needs into business opportunities.

Founded in Spain 1879, ClarkeModet has its own companies in 10 countries and a team of more than 500 highly specialised experts. Our international presence and the local knowledge of our companies allow us to offer a unified service of IP rights management, based on unified work processes across all of the countries and with the same quality standards and corporate policies.

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.

Haseltine Lake

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Haseltine Lake Kempner is one of the largest independent IP firms in Europe providing a full suite of IP services across the entire IP rights lifecyle in all technical and scientific disciplines. With offices in London, Munich, Bristol, Leeds, Glasgow, the Netherlands, and Guangzhou, the firm provides IP services across the globe.

Haseltine Lake Kempner is privileged to work with some of the most exciting and forward-looking businesses in the world which are at the forefront of innovation and product development in their various spheres. The firm has clients in more than 50 countriesincluding the United States, China, Japan, and all major European countries. Haseltine Lake Kempner has built a strong international reputation for top-quality advice across a wide range of technologies and industry sectors. In a recent survey conducted through an independent research agency, 97% of the firm’s clients were highly satisfied with the overall service provided by the firm.

IPlytics

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IPlytics Platform is an IP intelligence tool that augments the analysis of technology landscapes and a company’s competitive position. IPlytics Platform goes beyond patent data by linking and processing more than 90 million patents to 4 million standards, 280,000 SEPs, 60 million scientific articles and the profiles of 4 million companies and start-ups on one platform.

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

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.

LexOrbis

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LexOrbis is one of India’s most recommended and highest-rated full-service IP firms. It has offices in New Delhi, India’s political capital; Mumbai, its financial and pharmaceutical capital; and Bangalore, its tech capital. We have a strong team of more than 65 attorneys, including 32 patent attorneys with expertise in the mechanical, electronic, telecoms, computer science, wireless communication, software and mobile application fields, who are involved in drafting new patent applications originating in India and filing and prosecuting international patent applications. We also have a team of over 19 lawyers with deep expertise in handling trademark prosecution and contentious cases. Our patent and trademark attorneys work in collaboration with our IP litigators to handle a large number of contentious IP cases, including pre- and post-grant oppositions, cancellation and infringement suits and the criminal enforcement of IP rights in India.

Marks & Clerk

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Marks & Clerk is committed to providing exceptional IP advice around the world, helping clients to navigate the complexities of IP, patents, trademarks and design protection. Innovation is the life-blood of business and it is vital that clients do not overlook the need to protect their IP. From the capture of an idea, to the enforcement or defence of rights in disputes Marks & Clerk is an expert partner to ensure that clients’ IP is protected and fully exploited. Today’s local is tomorrow’s global – and with our diverse team of practitioners, clients are always supported by a network of experts.

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.

Pasona Knowledge Partners

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Pasona was established to give its IP specialists the ability to provide a total solution to customers.

The company’s services are based on the experiences of both the Pasona Group, which develops HR businesses, and Panasonic IP Management Co, Ltd, which is responsible for Panasonic’s IP activities.

By leveraging the strengths of both companies’ experiences, Pasona offers search and analysis services for the various types of search and analysis needed for technical evaluation and patent application and management services to support IP operations. Pasona’s experienced employees will solve any difficulties that clients have regarding IP.

P.C. & Associates

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P.C. & Associates is one of the few law firms in China to focus on patent and trademark prosecution and litigation services. It was designated by the China National IP Administration as one of the patent agencies capable of handling foreign-related patents. P.C. & Associates provides comprehensive agent and legal services in respect of patents, trademarks, designs and technical secrets. Its services also cover copyright, licensing, technology transfers, domain name disputes and anti-unfair competition matters.

P.C. & Associates has had significant success in the IP litigation field. From 2008 to 2017, at least six of its cases were selected as outstanding sample cases by the Supreme People’s Court.

P.C. & Associates has representative offices in Hong Kong, Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Shenzhen, which allows it to provide timelier and more meticulous IP-related legal services in China and abroad.  

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.

Promax Legal

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Promax Legal is a world-leading patent search and analysis firm, offering an innovative and strategic suite of IP support services to law firms, corporations, research institutions and IP professionals around the world. Promax Legal provides exhaustive patent prosecution and litigation searches, infringement analysis, licensing support, patent landscape analysis, competitor analysis and research and development search and analysis support to clients in almost all major technical domains. Promax Legal’s reseach team is composed of lawyers, engineers and PhDs, many of whom have advanced degrees in a variety of scientific specialties. Promax Legal blends the best techniques from human intelligence and top-of-the-line IP software solutions to ensure high-quality, secure, process-oriented and seasoned legal solutions, thus maintaining the highest standard of client service and value.

Reatiss

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

REATISS’s team of over 60 engineers can extract and present schematics of ICs with technology down to 7 nanometres within a comprehensive timeline and identify patents violations in support of clients’ IP licensing and litigation operations.

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

Rouse

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Rouse is a top IP consultancy primarily focused on the emerging markets of Asia and the Middle East, with a leading UK IP consultancy practice. In all markets where it operates, it aims to be a leader in the field. Rouse has a team of more than 600 employees (including lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys) working in 17 offices around the world to provide the full range of IP services, from patent and trademark portfolio management to commercialisation and intellectual asset management. Longstanding clients include many of the world's foremost IP owners.

Rouse China, in association with Beijing Lusheng law firm, has long had a strong presence in China. Rouse’s team of more than 350 professional and support staff are well placed in the four offices of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. 

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.

Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office

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Founded in 1998, Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office is one of the fastest-growing IP law firms in Japan. With more than 210 professional staff members, Shobayashi has 11 specialised departments providing tailored IP services in a range of technical fields – including chemical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, mechanical, optical, electrical, information technology, trademarks and designs and litigation – and advising on international IP protection. 

Shobayashi established a specialised research department in 2011 to provide IP analysis services for operating companies and financial institutions. With more than 10 former senior examiners from the Japan Patent Office, including a deputy commissioner and the chiefs of the patent and design examination departments, Shobayashi offers the full breadth of expertise for validating intellectual property and determining infringement. Having established a research team in 2012 for licensing, valuation and IP-driven investments, Shobayashi provides IP due diligence services in IP licensing and M&A transactions, and IP advisory services in open innovation.

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.

Vectis

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Vectis is an IP and technology licensing company which believes in the key role of intellectual property in promoting innovation. Vectis supports a level playing field for IP owners and implementers, working with both to unlock the full value of innovation sharing. With its global reach, Vectis is a solution provider and a contributor to a fairer and more sustainable innovation system. Our mission is to offer dedicated services, leveraging our professional and collaborative approach, with both new and longstanding partners. Giustino de Sanctis is the founder and CEO of Vectis.

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Anjie Law Firm

AnJie Law Firm is a leading Chinese law firm providing full services to international and domestic clients, including Fortune 500 companies, large state-owned enterprises, financial institutions and leading private companies. Since its establishment, AnJie has grown rapidly and currently employs more than 300 professionals. AnJie’s lawyers are well-regarded experts in their professional fields. Based on their deep understanding of the regulatory landscape and strong practical experience, they have handled numerous high-stakes cases in the Chinese courts. AnJie lawyers are often consulted by regulators on leading legal and policy issues and have built strong working relationships with government agencies and industry regulatory bodies. AnJie’s partners have previously worked at leading international and domestic law firms and many are qualified to practise both in China and abroad.

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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 (WTR) is the leading intelligence platform for trademark professionals worldwide. Our unrivalled coverage and in-depth analysis of key industry developments and topics provides critical information to enable senior decision makers to create, manage and exploit strong brand assets.

Drawing on the expertise of a team of dedicated reporters, researchers and analysts, WTR consistently delivers timely and unparalleled coverage of new risks and opportunities, key emerging trends, practice management, case law, the business management of trademarks and the law firm landscape.

Our unique intelligence, analysis and data service therefore allows those managing the business and legal dimension of brands to have first sight of where the industry is going, what opportunities abound and how to avoid costly missteps.

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Conventus Law

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At Conventus Law, we believe in delivering knowledge differently – we believe in being well informed.

Our products are highly informative, simple to access and easy to digest. Our services also happen to save clients time and costs.

As an online legal platform, we work with the best law firms to produce timely legal analysis for businesses investing in Asia and beyond.

International Chamber of Commerce

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The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the world’s largest business organisation, with a network of more than six million members in more than 100 countries. We work to promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation through a unique mix of advocacy and standard-setting activities, together with market-leading dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s largest companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, business associations and local chambers of commerce.

The ICC Commission on Intellectual Property is the voice of business worldwide on IP issues at the cutting edge of international policy making. The breadth of its membership – more than 400 experts spanning all business sectors and regions – enriches and informs discussions and allows the commission to present truly cross-industry international business views.

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