IPBC Europe 2019

Sponsors

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Gold sponsors

Aon Intellectual Property Solutions

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Aon Intellectual Property Solutions helps clients to protect and maximise their most valuable asset in today’s business world – their IP. Aon combines the best minds and strongest analytical tools to provide a comprehensive approach to IP strategy, valuation and risk management across clients’ IP portfolios. We go beyond the legal framework to connect IP to a business’s overarching strategy.

We help clients to develop IP-based value creation plans that align to their business strategies in order to enhance enterprise value, and help them to communicate that IP-enhanced value to the market. For firms preparing for an initial public offering or other market-driven event, we develop value capture programmes to ensure that IP assets are accurately reflected in their pricing.

We leverage a proprietary analytics platform to provide accurate and timely assessment and valuation of clients’ IP portfolios to support a variety of capital management efforts, including IP-backed financing, risk transfer strategies and IP asset monetisation strategies.

From assessing the likelihood and potential impact of third-party claims and analysing potential loss of IP and its financial toll on a business to understanding the competitive landscape and protecting assets through IP liability insurance, we provide the full range of risk management solutions to secure clients’ IP portfolios.

Clarivate Analytics

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Derwent – Clarivate Analytics’ suite of patent data, services and technology solutions – powers the innovation lifecycle from idea to commercialisation – including Derwent Innovation, Derwent World Patent 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, legal professionals in leading IP practices and 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.

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 got 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.

Dominion Harbor Group, LLC

Dominion HarbourDominion Harbor Group (DHG) is the leading rational voice in an increasingly complex IP marketplace. DHG is led by seasoned legal, technical, engineering and financial professionals dedicated to the premise that patents are a sacrosanct and critical component of the US and global commercial marketplaces. DHG’s management has generated over $500 million in client licensing revenues and negotiated thousands of licence agreements on behalf of clients ranging from individual inventors to small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. The firm’s highly experienced team manages, protects, monetises, defends and preserves the IP portfolios of its clients. DHG helps its clients to realise appropriate value for their innovations.

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.

France Brevets

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France Brevets is dedicated to the monetisation and protection of French technological innovations. Our mission is to support companies and businesses in the monetisation of their innovations by structuring their IP and defending it worldwide. France Brevets was created in 2011, with an initial commitment of €100 million and an additional commitment of €100 million in 2016. We are owned by the French state and the Caisse des Depots. Our team of highly qualified experts has a strong international presence, particularly in Canada, China, South Korea and Japan.

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.

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 meet to 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 delivered more than $1 billion in cash to patent owners from our activities to date – largely thanks to our people-first approach and deep passion for innovation.

IPzen

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IPzen is an easy-to-use platform that allows clients to manage their IP portfolios and related matters (eg, prosecution, opposition, litigation, contracts and legal advice). The IPzen platform is hosted in a highly secure private cloud on dedicated virtual machines, which enables clients to follow up on IP rights, track action items and send invoices from anywhere at any time.

Nokia

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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.

Orange

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Orange is a world-leading telecoms operator. In 2017 it made sales of €41 billion,  and in 2018 it had 150,000 employees worldwide, 92,000 of which were in France. The group has a total customer base of 261 million customers worldwide, including 201 million mobile customers and 20 million fixed broadband customers. The group   is present in 28 countries.

Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecoms services to multinationals under the brand Orange Business Services. In 2015 the group presented its new strategic plan, Essentials2020, which places customer experience at its heart in order to allow customers to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of new generation networks.

Orange is the primary private-sector player in digital technology research in France and was the top European operator for issuing patent registrations in 2017. It files more than 200 patents each year and makes significant contributions to standardisation (eg, 5G and video coding).

Sisvel

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Sisvel is a world leader in fostering innovation and managing IP. The group identifies, evaluates and maximises the value of IP assets for its partners around the world, providing firms with a revenue stream which can be reinvested in innovation for the generation of future revenues. Sisvel has more than 35 years’ experience in the management of successful patent portfolios, including those relating to audio compression standards (MP3 and MPEG audio), as well as broadcasting and digital terrestrial television standards maintained by the Digital Video Broadcasting Project. Sisvel operates patent pools and joint licensing programmes in the fields of mobile communication, wireless local area networking 802.11, digital video broadcasting, recommendation engines and broadband access to data networks.

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.

Valea

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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

Minesoft

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Minesoft is the two-time winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade and has fast become an established leader in the patent information field. It now hosts the patent data of more than 105 jurisdictions, of which 60 are full text. Founded in 1996, Minesoft works with industrial corporations, patent attorney firms and patent authorities worldwide, developing databases and software solutions directly shaped by client feedback to meet their daily needs.

Minesoft’s PatBase is an industry-leading online patent database with built-in functionalities which is relied on by more than 70,000 users worldwide. PatBase Analytics V2 provides powerful and in-depth analysis. Users can monitor their own patent portfolio, gain competitive intelligence by understanding the current landscape, predict where their market is heading and spot trends in areas of interest to aid investment. Visually appealing reports can be generated to communicate results clearly to decision makers.

Minesoft’s Legal Status Tracker and Cite Tracker will automatically deliver email alerts whenever a change occurs, raising awareness and eliminating the need for time-consuming manual checks.

Papst Licensing

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Georg Papst established Papst Licensing GmbH & Co KG in 1992. In 1993 it acquired the entire patent portfolio of Papst-Motoren, the company founded by Mr Papst’s father, Hermann Papst, and set out to take action against patent infringement at the international level. Papst Licensing has built an international network of experts for monetising patents and has concluded more than 175 licence agreements with virtually all renowned companies in the IT and electronics industries. Mr Papst’s sons, Constantin and Daniel, followed into the business and today Papst Licensing offers practical support to third parties facing patent infringement with the aim of securing licences from infringers. Operating independently from investors, Papst Licensing’s owner family is in the third generation of licensing and advancing innovation. Papst Licensing’s expertise allows small and medium-sized businesses in particular to participate on the world patent monetisation and licensing market.

Networking sponsors

Darts-ip

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Darts-ip is a database of global IP case law and analytics. We provide more than 3.5 million cases from over 3,500 courts to 30,000 IP professionals every day.

Darts-ip was built on the belief that case law is powerful and that this power should be leveraged to its fullest extent. Accessibility is the key to leveraging this power. The inability to rapidly search for and find comprehensive information from any jurisdiction has hindered IP professionals’ ability to effectively deploy the full power of case law in their daily practice.

Our exclusive document-gathering structure, combined with our unique analysis capabilities, provides an unprecedented collection of IP case data.

PAVIS

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PAVIS is a leading European IP service provider, which specialises in worldwide patent and trademark renewal. PAVIS’s experienced team of IP professionals, patent attorneys and network partners safeguard clients’ IP rights and ensure timely payments worldwide. PAVIS excels in expertise, transparency and client service. It uses well-established procedures and interfaces to allow for data exchange with several IP management systems, resulting in the smooth and effortless sending of online payment instructions. More than 1,800 law firms, patent agencies and corporate IP departments benefit from PAVIS’s 39 years of experience.

Supporting organisations

4iP Council

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4iP Council is a European research council dedicated to developing high-quality academic insight and empirical evidence on topics relating to IP and innovation. Our research is multi-industry, cross-sector and technology focused. We work with academics, policymakers and regulators to facilitate a deeper understanding of the invention process and technology investment decision making. Recent research topics addressed by 4iP Council cover standardisation and open source, data sharing and artificial intelligence, patent infringement and injunctions and proprietary versus open standards. Our reports and our searchable library covering national court decisions post-CJEU Huawei v ZTE are available on our website.

The European Institute for Enterprise and Intellectual Property 

logo_IEEPI_HDThe 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

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With nearly 7,000 staff, the EPO is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Headquartered in Munich and 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 44 countries, covering a market of some 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 per year and in 2017 granted more than 100,000 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.

International Chamber of Commerce

ICCThe 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.

Licensing Executives Society France

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Licensing Executives Society (LES) France is a chapter of Licensing Executives Society International and is open to all IP professionals. LES France comprises approximately 500 members and organises annual conferences, workshops and webinars. 

LES France aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and experiences; to participate in the education and formation of its members; and be a source of information and proposals for the business world and public authorities in the IP domain.

Media partners

International Law Office

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

Lexology

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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