Auto IP Europe 2018

Sponsors

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Gold sponsors

Avanci

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Avanci was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Dallas.

Avanci’s vision is that sharing technology on a broad scale for the Internet of Things industry can be simple. Our connected world is evolving quickly and we want to help this happen even faster. Our one-stop solution keeps the success of the ecosystem in sight, bringing convenience and predictability to the technology licensing process. In our new marketplace, those with essential patents can share their innovations, and companies creating connected products for the Internet of Things can access the patented wireless technology that they need to be successful—this is all in one place, with one agreement and for one fair, flat rate.

Cipher Automotive

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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.

Hogan Lovells

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Connected vehicles incorporate multiple technologies, including mobile connectivity, antennae, touchscreens, cameras and lenses, onboard computers, apps and integrated mapping or GPS. These areas have seen extensive patent litigation in the past five to 10 years, as patent holders and non-practising entities (NPEs) seek to force competitors to license their patent portfolios.

As the automotive industry incorporates features previously found only in computers and smartphones, it will face increased exposure to patent assertion by standard-essential patent holders, NPEs and other actors who have generated patents in these fields. Original equipment manufacturers and suppliers will increasingly have to manage IP – including patent and copyright challenges – and protect themselves against patent trolls.

Our IP lawyers protect and leverage the ideas and innovations, brands and creative works of our automotive clients. With more than 400 lawyers and paralegals worldwide, we combine a strategic, global outlook with local knowledge and a keen understanding of the technological and business factors affecting the automotive sector.

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.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP is an integrated, international firm with recognised strengths in tax, private equity, M&A, healthcare, IP, high-stakes litigation and many other key areas of transactional and regulatory law. We emphasise and foster long-term, industry-focused client relationships with multinationals, rising entrepreneurial firms, investors and capital providers, as well as many of the world’s wealthiest families and individuals. We value integrity, efficiency, diversity and pro bono and community service.

Nokia

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Nokia creates the technology to connect the 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. Nokia enables the infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, and is shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience.

Our valuable IP portfolio spans more than 20,000 patent families, built from more than €123 billion invested in R&D over the past two decades. With active licensing programmes for the smartphone, automotive and consumer electronics markets, we have more than 100 licensees, mainly for standard-essential patents.

Open Invention Network

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Open Invention Network (OIN) is the largest patent non-aggression community in history and supports freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open-source software. Launched in 2005 and funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony, SUSE and Toyota, OIN has over 2,500 community members and owns more than 1,300 global patents and applications. The OIN patent licence and member cross-licences provide community members with patent freedom of action in Linux and adjacent open-source technologies, free of charge or royalties.

RPX Corporation

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RPX Corporation is a leading provider of patent risk management solutions. Since its foundation in 2008, RPX has introduced efficiency to the patent market by providing a rational alternative to litigation. The San Francisco-based company's pioneering approach combines principal capital, deep patent expertise and client contributions to generate enhanced patent buying power. By acquiring patents and patent rights, RPX helps to mitigate and manage patent risk for its growing client network.

As of March 31 2017 RPX had invested over $2 billion to acquire more than 17,500 US and international patent assets and rights on behalf of over 300 clients in eight key sectors: automotive, consumer electronics and personal computers, e-commerce and software, financial services, media content and distribution, mobile communications and devices, networking and semiconductors.

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

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Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC is exclusively dedicated to the protection, transfer, and enforcement of IP rights. Our integrated practice helps clients to develop IP strategy and freedom to operate; prepare and prosecute patents and trademarks globally; and defend and enforce patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the U.S. Supreme Court, and all forums in between. Our team of attorneys, patent agents, students, and technical specialists include some of the most respected practitioners of IP law. Most of our professionals have advanced level degrees, including over 50 with master’s degrees and over 50 more with doctorates in science or engineering.

Via Licensing

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Via Licensing Corporation is a global IP solutions provider dedicated to enabling innovation in partnership with technology companies, entertainment companies and universities around the world. Via develops and manages licensing programmes on behalf of highly innovative companies in markets such as audio, wireless, broadcast and automotive.

WilmerHale

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WilmerHale offers unparalleled legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to the success of clients. We practice at the top of the legal profession and offer a cutting-edge blend of capabilities that enables us to handle deals and cases of any size and complexity. Our IP practice features a premier litigation team backed by the academic and industry experience of more than 120 lawyers and technology specialists with scientific or technical degrees. We have significant experience in providing comprehensive solutions to the IP business challenges that face companies at all stages of growth and in every aspect of their business that involves the acquisition, exploitation or protection of intellectual property.

Named an IP Litigation Department of the Year finalist by The American Lawyer in 2016, our lawyers have tried major cases in federal district courts throughout the United States, the US International Trade Commission, and in Germany and the United Kingdom. We also regularly represent clients in patent appeals before the US Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit. WilmerHale has approximately 1,000 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Silver sponsor

Sisvel

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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.

Bronze sponsor

CPA Global Management Services Ltd

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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.

Minesoft

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Winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade again in 2015, Minesoft has fast become an established leader in the field of Patent Information, working with industrial corporations, patent attorney firms and patent authorities around the world.

Founded in 1996 to develop databases and software solutions for the Information industry, Minesoft specializes in tools and services for retrieving, storing and distributing patent & technology information throughout the enterprise.

Minesoft’s flagship product PatBase enables users to protect their designs by checking novelty against existing patents and to solve technical dilemmas by studying patent texts, patent drawings and non-patent literature. Our Users can access and understand the most up-to-date scientific research, new ideas and competitor information contained in patent documents with a range of search and display functionalities, including text and diagrams, semantic searching, translations and fully-incorporated PatBase Analytics.

Prüfer & Partner

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Prüfer & Partner was founded in 1972 and has fast developed into an internationally oriented firm with more than 100 employees.

Prüfer & Partner is a highly respected, IP-specialised firm with an established worldwide network. It has a strong, carefully selected community of patent attorneys, lawyers and technical specialists, who represent clients’ interests at the highest level and act for them before the IP offices. They also provide support on all issues relating to IP rights protection and defend and enforce clients’ IP rights in court.

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 50 engineers can extract and present schematics of ICs with technology down to 10 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.

SCHERENBERG LEGAL & LICENSING

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SCHERENBERG LEGAL & LICENSING is a boutique firm specialising in IP, media and entertainment law. It comprises German attorneys at law who operate at the international level. Our focus lies in legal advice with respect to the monetisation of intangible assets such as patent, trademark, publicity, image and reputational rights. This includes licensing, as well as settlement and enforcement actions. Our expertise extends to reputation management and crisis communication, especially for clients suffering from bad press. Clients can rely on our years of experience in the relevant markets and industries. We therefore consider ourselves business consultants as well as legal advisers.

Networking sponsor

Adamson & Partners

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Adamson & Partners is an established global executive search and selection firm that offers a high-value search and recruitment service to clients within the IP and legal sectors worldwide. As a search and selection firm, we work on clients’ behalf to identify individuals that meet their specific requirements, whether or not they are actively seeking a new role. We motivate professionals to explore career opportunities that are a close fit for their skills and experience. Unlike a recruitment agency, we perform a bespoke search of the entire profession on behalf of every client, ensuring that a selection of appropriate, relevant and interesting candidates are presented. We have evolved with the times and have fully integrated sophisticated search technology into our research practice, allowing us to leverage our extensive experience and secure our position as a leading recruiter in our specialist markets. Since our establishment in 1985, we have acquired a reputation for discretion and effectiveness, providing a service that delivers for even the most challenging of briefs.

IPlytics Platform

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The increasing integration of information and communication technologies in vehicles is creating new challenges for licensing patents in general and for negotiating royalty payments for standard-essential patents in particular. The IPlytics Platform is an IP intelligence tool that augments the analysis of technology landscapes by connecting more than 90 million patents to 2.5 million standards and 250,000 declared standard-essential and pooled patents. The tool helps users to perform analyses in the fields of patent essentiality analysis, patent valuation reports, standard-setting trends, patent licensing practices and patent litigation overviews. The intuitive graphical user interface allows users to easily navigate, analyse and drill down into information, enabling in-depth technology analyses and long-term monitoring of market segments.

PA Consulting Services Limited

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PA Consulting Services Limited is an innovation and transformation consultancy that believes in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world. We turn complexity into opportunity at the intersection of strategy, technology and innovation. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results. We have over 2,600 specialists in consumer goods, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing and transport, travel and logistics. We operate globally from offices across the Americas, Europe, the Nordics and the Persian Gulf.

Sagacious Research

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Sagacious IP is an award-winning IP research and consulting company that has been providing participants in the IP ecosystem with innovative solutions and services since 2008. Sagacious IP has served more than 1,000 clients from over 45 countries and undertaken more than 10,000 projects in over 16 languages. 

Sagacious IP has been successfully solving business challenges for Fortune 500 companies, IAM Patent 1000 firms, start-ups, investors, universities, licensing agencies and other participants in the IP ecosystem for the past eight years. Its services and solutions span the entire IP lifecycle – from the development of an IP strategy and the creation of IP through to maintenance and monetisation.  

Sagacious IP is powered by a technically brilliant talent pool of patent professionals working in diverse technology areas, including information and communication technology, engineering, automotive, life sciences and chemistry. Our patent professionals are trained by US and European patent attorneys and are proficient in various languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean. 

Sagacious IP was recognised by CNBC TV18 in 2014 and named in the Red Herring Top 100 Asia list in 2015 for its outstanding achievements and innovative solutions. 

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.

Media partners

International Law Office

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

Lexology

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

World Trademark Review

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World Trademark Review is a bi-monthly, practitioner-led publication which focuses on the issues that matter to trademark professionals the world over. In each issue the experienced editorial team and extensive panel of correspondents provide in-depth coverage of national and regional tends, 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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