IPBC Europe 2018


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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

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With more than 450 attorneys and government relations professionals in 17 offices across the United States, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC delivers the services and attributes most valued by clients. We are a nationally recognised firm that provides a wide range of services in the areas of intellectual property, healthcare, financial services and banking, litigation, labour and employment, real estate, corporate and business law, tax, energy and government relations.

Clarivate Analytics

crv_logo_rgb_pos MOST RECENT 01.06.2017Clarivate Analytics is a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics in order to accelerate the pace of innovation. With a heritage going back more than a century and a half, we have built some of the most trusted brands across the innovation lifecycle, including Web of Science, Cortellis, Derwent, CompuMark, MarkMonitor and TechstreetClarivate Analytics is a new and independent company with a bold entrepreneurial mission to help clients to radically reduce the time taken to turn new ideas into life-changing innovations.


Clifford Chance

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Clifford Chance, one of the world's leading law firms, serves clients from 32 offices in 22 countries. Around 3,300 legal advisers are present in all of the world’s major economic centres. In Germany, the firm has around 300 lawyers, auditors, tax advisers and solicitors in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt am Main and Munich.

Clifford Chance advises clients in a wide range of industries around the world and provides tailor-made solutions. Clifford Chance's success is based on a combination of excellence in each legal area and industry expertise. Clients rely on the firm's outstanding local service and global network in order to be successful in key markets around the world. These clients include global companies and institutions that Clifford Chance advises on national and cross-border transactions in a wide range of jurisdictions.

Clifford Chance has also launched a new technology group in order to encourage wider adoption of new innovation within the firm and to meet growing client demand for legal advice relating to technology and data regulation. The tech group provides a new model for technology law: a single global team of more than 400 lawyers delivering hybrid, joined-up advice on technology issues, covering antitrust, data, mergers and acquisitions, investments, intellectual property, litigation, cyber and regulatory investigations. 

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.


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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.


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Finnegan is one of the world’s largest IP law firms, practising all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. More than 300 of Finnegan’s legal professionals hold degrees in scientific disciplines, more than 225 are registered to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and nearly 40 are former USPTO patent examiners. Finnegan delivers sophisticated legal strategies to help clients protect, advocate and leverage their valuable IP assets, with technical expertise in virtually every industry and technology, including automotive, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, chemicals, electronics, semiconductors, computers and software, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, medical devices, clean energy and renewables, robotics and three-dimensional printing.

Protecting innovative technologies and valuable brands developed in Asia has long been a focus for Finnegan and continues to be a driving factor in expanding accessibility to clients in the region. Since opening its first international office in Tokyo in 1988, it recognised the importance of the Asian market and forged strong relationships with inventive companies, which remain valued clients. With a client base that spans the continent, it has offices in strategic technology centres to provide clients with local resources for US and European IP law capabilities. Its teams in Tokyo, Taipei, Shanghai and Seoul coordinate with attorneys and professionals throughout the firm to seamlessly serve clients with interests in Asia. The firm also has an active and expanding presence in India.

IAM Market

IAM Market square screenshotAn 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.

Nokia Technologies


Nokia is a global leader in creating the technologies at the heart of our connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.

From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience.

Our valuable IP portfolio, built from more than €119 billion invested in R&D over the last two decades, spans more than 26,000 patent families. With active licensing programmes for smartphone, automotive and consumer electronics markets, we have more than 100 licensees, mainly for standards-essential patents.

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’s operating businesses and innovation and strategy. IP&S is a leading industrial IP organisation that provides world-class IP solutions to Philips’s businesses in order to support their growth, competitiveness and profitability.

Royal Philips’s IP portfolio consists of 62,000 patent rights, 37,600 trademarks, 47,800 design rights and 3,000 domain names. Philips filed 1,200 new patents in 2017, with a strong focus on the growth areas in health and wellbeing.



Sisvel is a world leader in managing intellectual property and maximising the value of patent rights. Founded in 1982, the Sisvel Group is global in scope and reach, with offices in Italy, the United States, China, Japan, Germany, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom and approximately 100 professionals with technical, legal and licensing expertise. Sisvel has a long history of managing successful patent portfolios, including those relating to the MP3 and MPEG audio compression standards and widespread technologies such as on-screen display, automatic tuning and sorting systems, widescreen signalling and terrestrial digital video broadcasting. Sisvel operates patent pools and joint licensing programmes relating to DVB-T2, LTE/LTE-A, 3G, WiFi and recommendation engines, together with its Sisvel Wireless licensing programme.


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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.



Valea is a well-managed, flexible and professional company that is committed to being at the forefront within the IP field. As part of this effort, we always ensure that we have the required expertise at both a technical and legal level.

We are also very responsive to the client’s specific needs and work proactively to maximise the value of the client’s intellectual property rights. Our focus is to be a strategic business partner that offers expertise in technology and law, combined with an understanding of regulatory frameworks in a commercial context.

Valea is continuously increasing its market share, and strives for sound, sustainable growth and profitability over time.

The company maintains offices in the most important and dynamic centres for technological development, industrial conglomerates and university research in Sweden. Our organisation has a truly seamless structure that enables and promotes internal collaboration and knowledge dissipation, regardless of position or location. This unique internal cooperation also supports and enables our relentless focus on quality in everything we do. As part of our commitment to quality, we continuously develop staff competence to ensure the highest standards of work performance. In every way, our internal processes are designed to establish and strengthen close client relationships. At Valea, we work in client teams – across areas of expertise and geographic locations – to provide our clients with the best possible skills for every new assignment in the most efficient and effective manner.

Silver sponsors


AnaquaAnaqua helps corporations and firms to turn intellectual property into a 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. Nearly 1 million 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 have been conceptualised, evaluated, protected and monetised through the ANAQUA platform. The expertise of our services and client services staff – combined with our tested implementation methodology – allows us to deliver successful solutions on time and within budget.



Cipher software was designed by AISTEMOS to provide clients with the analysis needed to support their strategic IP decisions. It is a recognised leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning on patent, licensing and litigation data to provide insight into complex technology landscapes. Designed specifically to deliver competitive intelligence, support licensing transactions and mitigate litigation risk, Cipher provides online analysis of companies and technologies.

Reflecting our increased focus on the companies that we support, AISTEMOS has launched Cipher Automotive – the first IP analytics software with a sector focus. With a comprehensive taxonomy of more than 100 automotive technologies, clients can generate and share reports instantly.

CPA Global Management Services Ltd


CPA Global Management Services Ltd is a leading IP management and technology company. We have developed The IP Platform, which delivers integrated innovation and IP portfolio software, services and insights across the entire idea lifecycle, supporting clients every step of the way to realise the value of their ideas. IP One Data is at the heart of The IP Platform, empowering clients with comprehensive, verified and reliable data. We are trusted by many of the world’s leading corporations and law firms and are backed by a global team of more than 2,000 passionate and visionary people.



Dennemeyer Group has over five decades of experience in delivering quality IP services. With 22 offices in 16 countries that span nine time zones, we are fully equipped to meet your large-scale needs while delivering unmatched local expertise.

Service areas include patent annuities, trademark renewals, recordals and software. Working in unison with the law firm Dennemeyer & Associates, Dennemeyer also provides legal services such as EP validations, PCT nationalisations, trademark and patent filing and prosecution.

Dennemeyer is ISO:9001 certified.

Whether you are a corporation or a law firm, Dennemeyer’s services will help you maximise the value of your IP assets while mitigating portfolio risk factors. 


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InnovationQ Plus, powered by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and IP.com, is a new innovation discovery and analytics platform that combines deep engineering knowledge from IEEE content with IP.com’s global patent and non-­patent literature. Powered by IP.com’s proprietary cognitive retrieval engine, InnovationQ Plus rapidly sifts through massive amounts of big data to pinpoint relevant patents, applications and non-patent literature quickly and efficiently – delivering industry-leading search results.

InnovationQ Plus enables IP discovery, analysis and mapping of patent and non­patent material in one easy-­to-use, highly accurate search tool.



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 over 80 million patents to 60 million scientific articles, 2 million standards and standard-essential patents, and 3 million pieces of company information on one single platform.

The tool helps users to perform analysis in the fields of patent valuation, landscaping, licensing, transfer or litigation. The intuitive graphical user interface allows users to easily navigate, analyse and drill down into information, enabling in-depth technology analysis or a long-term monitoring of market segments. With just a few clicks IPlytics Platform provides answers to critical questions, such as: who is the technology leader in a market segment; who holds the relevant IP and how valuable is it; and how does competition develop?

Nordic Patent Institute


The Nordic Patent Institute is an international Patent Cooperation Treaty authority that was established by the governments of Denmark, Iceland and Norway. It provides global prior art searches for companies and IP firms on a commercial basis. These searches cover all technical fields and are carried out by 150 patent examiners at the Danish and Norwegian Patent Offices, covering all technical fields. These examiners are highly skilled, with extensive experience in searching patent and non-patent literature in direct dialogue with clients. The searches are performed using the best available search tools and databases.


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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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Our expertise covers all aspects of IP law – especially patents, trademarks, copyright, designs, unfair competition, computer and software law, business and commercial law, licensing and litigation. Clients include large corporations, medium-sized firms and start-ups.Maiwald is a professional association of IP attorneys with extensive experience in securing, defending and enforcing IP rights. The firm has approximately 200 staff members, including around 70 patent attorneys, attorneys at law and technical experts.


We represent major German and international clients in the pharma and healthcare, chemistry and materials, food and agriculture, engineering, mobility and infrastructure, communications, big data and Internet of Things and consumer product and lifestyle industries.



PatentSight provides unique strategic insights into the IP lifecycle. We are known for delivering reliable and relevant information to connect intellectual property with business strategy. Our global customers across different industries (eg, six of the top 10 chemical companies) use our methodologies and tools to answer questions relating to R&D strategy, portfolio and competitor benchmarking, portfolio optimisation, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, trends and disruptive technologies. Some clients even showcase our scientifically proven Patent Asset Index method in their annual reports. Our powerful business intelligence platform creates rock-solid results. We excel at strategic analysis, but users in patent departments also love the efficient day-to-day workflows that the platform supports.

Supporting organisations

4iP Council


4iP Council is a European research council dedicated to developing high-quality academic insight and empirical evidence on topics relating to intellectual property and innovation. Our research is multi-industry, cross-sectoral and technology focused. We work with academics, policymakers and regulators in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of the invention process and technology investment decision making. Recent research topics addressed by 4iP Council include lessons from US patent reform, the impact of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers patent policy on new standards, the nature and impact of 'patent hold-out' and lessons from Huawei v ZTE. All of our reports, as well as our searchable library on court decisions post-Huawei, can be found on the 4iP Council website.

The Centre for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU)


The Centre for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing awareness of the impact of IP rights on people’s lives. The CIPU conducts research, holds events, provides outreach and partners with others in the United States and abroad to dispel misinformation and facilitate good IP behaviour. The CIPU provides an education framework for understanding how IP rights promote ideas and competition and create jobs.

European Institute for Enterprise and Intellectual Property


The European Institute for Enterprise and Intellectual Property (IEEPI) is a vocational training institute, which was created by the French government in 2004 in order to organise training sessions on the economic and strategic aspects of intellectual property for decision makers from the business world and researchers.

The IEEPI is committed to maintaining the high quality of its training, which is guaranteed by the fact that it is ISO 9001 certified for vocational training and audited by the Professional Office of Qualification of Training Organisations.

The training offered by the IEEPI ranges from short courses of between one and three days and 10-day licensing courses to a master’s course on IP strategy and innovation in collaboration with the University of Strasbourg. It also offers in-house custom training courses that are tailored to clients’ specific needs.

European Patent Office


With almost 7,000 staff, the European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Headquartered in Munich, with offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna, the EPO was founded with the aim of strengthening patent cooperation in Europe. Through the EPO’s centralised patent granting procedure, inventors can obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 43 countries, covering a market of approximately 700 million people. The EPO is also a leading authority in patent information and patent searching.

The EPO receives more than 160,000 patent applications each year and in 2016 granted almost 96,000 patents. Its free online patent database, Espacenet, contains more than 100 million technical documents from 100 countries and its free neural machine translation service, Patent Translate, provides instant, high-quality translations in 32 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.



Established in 1891, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) is Germany’s largest and oldest non-profit association dedicated to the protection, academic advancement and development of IP law. With over 5,300 members from 60 countries, GRUR supports a wide range of IP professionals.

GRUR provides assistance in IP issues to legislative bodies and authorities, organises conferences and workshops and offers further education courses for lawyers and patent attorneys. GRUR also publishes four leading German professional journals: GRURGRUR InternationalGRUR-RR and GRUR-Prax.

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.

The International Institute for IP Management

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The International Institute for IP Management (I3PM) is a professional association dedicated to promoting the field of IP management, thereby enhancing the emergence of a dynamic IP-driven economy.

I3PM’s members include managers from diverse international corporations and organisations, forming a unique pool of experience in the management and realisation of value from immaterial assets.

I3PM works to promote the highest standards and ethics, education and professional excellence. Membership benefits include access to outstanding publications, educational resources, career services and discounts.

International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises


The International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises (INSME) is a legally recognised not-for-profit association, which was established in Rome in 2004 under the umbrella of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and with the moral sponsorship of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. INSME’s aim is to strengthen international cooperation and facilitate the exchange of know-how, best practice approaches and expertise in innovation and technology transfer among economic players and intermediaries worldwide. At present, the network comprises 68 members in 32 countries across four continents – including government bodies, international organisations, business support intermediaries and their associations and networks at the sub-national, national, regional and international level.

IP Europe

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IP Europe brings together R&D-intensive European companies and research institutes committed to innovation – from small and medium-sized enterprises to global enterprises and non-profit research entities operating in a variety of industrial sectors.

These entities share common goals of maintaining, at all policy levels, strong patent protection for innovators and supporting recognised fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory standardisation policies, adopted by consensus, that preserve fair compensation for innovators.

Media partners

International Law Office

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


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

World Trademark Review

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

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