Sponsors

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Host country sponsors

IP Bridge

IPBridge

At IP Bridge, our focus is on promoting technological innovation and cooperation within Japan and around the world. We work with our investors, including Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), a unique partnership between 26 major corporations and the Japanese government. With INCJ, we established the first and largest fund in Japan (approximately $300 million), which is aimed at global innovation and IP-related investments. Our mission is to activate and leverage high-quality, under-utilised IP assets for the benefit of a variety of IP owners based in and outside of Japan. Our vision is that these activities will stimulate economic development and the healthy growth of industries worldwide.

We have worked with leading technology companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and universities to build large, high quality patent portfolios of 3,500 patents from around the world, including those in the fields of wireless communications, semiconductors, video codecs, display technologies, automotive technologies, robotics, home appliances, electric devices, healthcare, environment and energy, food technologies and medical engineering.

Our world class team includes experienced IP and corporate management professionals from 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, fuel innovation and business expansion), syndicated transactions (to remove potential IP risks to our clients) and IP consulting services (to build IP strategies, maximise IP value and best position our clients for success).

Panasonic

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Panasonic Corporation is a world leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, enterprise solutions and device industries. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates 474 subsidiaries and 94 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of Y7.553 trillion for the year ending March 31 2016. 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 customers.

Gold sponsors

Dolby

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Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear and powerful in Dolby.

Ericsson

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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

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Finnegan is one of the largest IP law firms in the world. From offices in Atlanta, Boston, London, Palo Alto, Reston, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C., the firm practices all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Finnegan also represents clients in IP issues relating to European patents and trademarks, international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust, and unfair competition.

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.

Intralink

Intralink 

Founded in the United Kingdom and Japan in 1990, Intralink works with IP-rich companies from Europe and North America to develop and execute licensing strategies for the key markets in Asia-Pacific. The company has offices in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan and a staff of over 50 full-time, bilingual people engaged in IP-related activities.

Intralink has experience of working with intellectual property 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.

Intralink has offices in London, Berlin, Boston and Silicon Valley and – through its presence in Asia – strong relationships with the IP departments of Asia’s patent holders.

Liu Shen & Associates

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Liu, Shen & Associates is a leading law firm in China focusing intensively on patent and trademark procurement, strategic counselling on all aspects of intellectual property and enforcement on IP rights, including litigation. The firm’s great legacy of experienced professionals, well-trained staff and a strong commitment to delivering high-quality services are rated by clients as its core values.

The firm provides professional services to thousands of clients ranging in size from multinational corporations and world-famous brand owners, to start-ups and individuals. Most of the firm’s clients are foreign companies, but it also serves many famous local companies.

Liu, Shen & Associates currently has 430 staff, including 43 partners and 180 patent attorneys, with expertise that covers almost all technical fields.

Services that the firm provides include patents, trademarks, copyright, software registration, Customs protection, technology licensing, other IP matters and all IP-related litigation.

Nokia Technologies

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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.

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

Questel 

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.

TechInsights

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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.

TechPats

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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.

 

Valuenex

Valuenex 

VALUENEX, Inc is an algorithm and artificial intelligence development company that was founded in Tokyo in 2006 by Tatsuo Nakamura. The creation of proprietary algorithms and development of panoramic-view analytics software led to breakthroughs in IP research and big data analytics. This formed the foundation of VALUENEX, a consulting and solution services business that has become an industry leader in Japan. In 2014 VALUENEX opened its first US office in Menlo Park, California.

VALUENEX's objective is to be an intellectual innovator and industry leader in the world's largest business-to-business enterprise software market, providing the most dynamic, visualised and precise analytics software solutions, along with the highest-quality consulting expertise and technical support for customers. With its user-friendly Intellectual Property Dashboard, VALUENEX can customise solutions to meet client needs in:

  • R&D strategy and white space analysis;

  • IP monetisation and evaluation;

  • financial instrument and asset management analysis and leveraging; and

  • legal analysis.

 

​Silver sponsors

Wisdomain

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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

 

Bronze sponsors

Anaqua

Anaqua 

Anaqua helps corporations and law firms to turn intellectual property into competitive advantage. Our ANAQUA software platform unifies critical tools, best practice workflows, data, documents and services into one efficient, intelligent environment, so that clients can operate more efficiently and make better decisions faster. Nearly 1,000,000 IP professionals in over 150 countries use ANAQUA to manage more than $1 billion in intellectual assets. Many of the best-known brands and most innovative products were conceptualised, evaluated, protected and monetised through the ANAQUA platform. The expertise of our services and client services staff, combined with our tested implementation methodology, delivers successful solutions on time and on budget.

Chofn IP

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Founded in 2002, Chofn IP is a leading full-service IP firm based in China, with practices covering all areas of intellectual property. Chofn IP provides services relating to patent, trademark, copyright, anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition and trade secret law. Practising IP law at the frontier, Chofn IP’s professionals excel in applying the latest Chinese regulations governing the protection of IP assets.
With a growing number of offices in major cities throughout Asia, Chofn IP is committed to providing prompt and pragmatic IP solutions to clients of various sizes and technologies. Chofn IP provides counselling on both domestic and international matters to well-established firms worldwide.

Global IP Law Group

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Global IP Law Group is a law firm founded with a specific purpose: to maximise our clients’ return from their intellectual property. To that end, Global IP provides an array of focused services – including patent sales, licensing, litigation and strategic counselling – to clients ranging from individual inventors to multinational corporations. Over the last six years, the firm has generated over $7.5 billion for its clients, including both the largest pure patent sale and the largest patent-backed debt offering in history.

With offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, Global IP offers a unique blend of services and perspectives, combined with legal and technical expertise and global resources, to maximise the value of patent portfolios in a wide array of technologies.

NLO

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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. 

Sugimura & Partners

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Sugimura International Patent & Trademark Attorneys, founded in 1923, is a leading IP law firm in Japan. Sugimura has consistently been 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.

With 170 professional staff members, Sugimura delivers results-oriented solutions and offers customised services that are tailored to clients’ needs. Sugimura’s attorneys are not only skilled in the nuances of IP law and regulations, but are also technical experts in virtually every industry – such as the electrical, mechanical, chemical, pharmaceutical, material engineering and life sciences industries – and are skilled in multiple languages. To better serve foreign clients, Sugimura established a regional office in Silicon Valley. The Silicon Valley branch and Tokyo office work together seamlessly to deliver tailored solutions and around-the-clock services to clients worldwide.



Supported by

International IP Commercialization Council

IIPCC 

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.

 

Media partners

AutoHarvest

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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.

International Law Office

ILO 

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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