Auto IP USA 2018


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Akin Gump

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading global law firm which provides innovative legal services and business solutions to individuals and institutions. We are one of the world’s largest law firms, with more than 900 lawyers and professionals in 20 offices. Our clients range from individuals to corporations and foreign governments.

The firm was founded in Texas in 1945 by Robert Strauss and Richard Gump, with the guiding vision that commitment, excellence, and integrity would drive its success. We incorporated those qualities into the firm’s core values as we grew into an international, full-service firm positioned at the intersection of commerce, policy, and the law. Our goal in every engagement is to offer a level of client service that not only meets, but also anticipates our clients’ needs and exceeds their expectations. From reputational defense of headline makers to down- and midstream energy investments, and from precedential class action dismissals to protection of victims of terrorism, we serve clients in over 85 practices that range from the traditional (such as litigation and corporate) to the contemporary (such as climate change and national security). Our lawyers—many of whom have years of experience in the boardroom, on the bench, and in the halls of government—collaborate across borders and practice areas to provide comprehensive counsel.


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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.

Brooks Kushman

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Brooks Kushman is a national leader in IP and technology law. It represents clients of all sizes – nationally and internationally – from its offices in Michigan, California and Washington D.C. With over 90 highly specialized IP-focused professionals, it provides expert counsel on patent prosecution, IP litigation, post-grant proceedings, trademarks, trade secrets, open source compliance, IP due diligence, and licensing.

Brooks Kushman attorneys have served as IP counsel for automotive original equipment manufacturers and suppliers since the firm’s inception, and are well versed in nearly every component of vehicles. Many of its attorneys worked as engineers within the automotive industry before joining the firm.

Burris Law, PLLC

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Burris Law, PLLC is a full-service IP law firm specializing in patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Our office is strategically located in the same building as the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan. With this location, we have ready access to PTAB hearings, examiner interviews, prior art examiner’s Automated Search Tools (EAST and WEST), USPTO tours, and regular USPTO events throughout the year. At Burris Law, we pride ourselves on personal interaction with our clients, meeting regularly with inventors, engineers, and business executives to proactively manage portfolios and provide strategic advice. Our team is diverse on many levels, and we have technical depth and hands-on engineering experience in fields such as materials science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering.



Dolcera is one of the world’s largest patent analytics companies. Our 100-person team of in-house subject-matter experts analyzes several million patents a year using our machine-learning platform.

We offer two industry-leading software platforms, and a suite of services in the IP space for dozens of the world’s leading corporations.

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


McDermott Will & Emery LLP is an integrated, international law firm with recognized strength in tax, private equity, M&A, healthcare, IP, high-stakes litigation, and many other key areas of transactional and regulatory law. We emphasize 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.


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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.

Reising Ethington

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Since its founding in Detroit in 1865, Reising Ethington has specialised solely in the practice of IP law. Its areas of expertise include IP prosecution and litigation, managing worldwide patent and trademark portfolios, post-grant proceedings, trade secrets and licensing, and other IP-related agreements. The firm represents some of the world’s most innovative and foremost IP owners, including automotive manufacturers and suppliers, medical technology companies, aerospace companies, universities, industrial equipment makers, robotics companies and consumer product companies. 

Reising enjoys a rich history of partnership with many of its clients, including in the automotive industry where the firm worked to protect the ideas of automotive pioneers Ransom E Olds, David Buick and the Fisher Brothers. Dating back several decades, attorneys at Reising have authored seven editions of the US law school textbook Cases and Materials on Patent Law Including Trade Secrets, published by West Academic Publishing.

RPX Corporation


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.



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.

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 programs on behalf of highly innovative companies in markets such as audio, wireless, broadcast, and automotive.


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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

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP is a leading business law firm serving clients locally, nationally and internationally from its Midwest United States base. We counsel clients on complex legal issues in more than 60 areas of legal practice. We pride ourselves on understanding clients’ businesses and being exceptionally responsive to their business goals and needs. Honigman is at the forefront of developing new approaches to add value to our client service. Our innovative administrative approaches, project management skills and client service teams enable our attorneys to work proactively with clients in order to deliver outstanding service and results.

Bronze sponsor

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.

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.

Global Prior Art


Global IP Insight is the autonomous vehicle consulting arm of Global Prior Art Inc., a leader in worldwide IP research for more than 35 years. The team of more than 50 technical analysts and engineers has extensive expertise and experience covering all aspects of autonomous vehicle consulting, including artificial intelligence, sensor systems, vehicle control, route planning, signal processing, and cloud support. Typical custom research engagements in the autonomous vehicle field include addressing identification of the white space for filing strong patents; creating roadmaps to guide and accelerate product development; early identification of technology shifts and competitive threats; gap analysis; and due diligence to assess potential IP acquisitions.


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HTS is a select team of experienced and credentialed licensing, technical, and business executives. We have a core team of highly skilled IP professionals, each with up to 20 years’ best practice experience in licensing, litigation, patent prosecution, valuation, reverse engineering, and patent asset brokerage. We have supported and led licensing programs which resulted in multimillion-dollar settlements, and have generated several hundred million dollars in incremental revenue for our clients. We work with Fortune 500 technology companies in the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China, and our reputation for integrity is unsurpassed in the industry.

Tangible IP


Founded by Louis Carbonneau, former general manager of IP licensing at Microsoft Corporation, Tangible IP boasts a team of world-class experts in various technical fields. We have our finger on the market’s pulse, and our regular IP market updates are read by over 15,000 professionals worldwide.

We offer a full-service patent brokerage and related strategic IP advisory services. We never assert patents. With 3,000 patents successfully brokered, we are often referred to as the gold standard for patent brokerage in the industry. We have recently sold large patent portfolios in the automotive space and have several new ones under brokerage that should be of strategic value to many players in the automotive industry.

Networking sponsor

Concur IP

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Concur IP is a leading IP consulting firm that provides high-end IP services in a cost-effective manner. We provide end-to-end solutions that span the entire IP lifecycle and cater to the various IP needs of corporates and law firms. We draw on extensive industry and domain expertise to meet the IP needs of clients across multiple fields, including the automobile, heavy machinery, telecoms, semiconductor, software, pharmaceutical, biotech, and chemical industries. Our services include patent preparation and prosecution support, patent search and analytics, and patent licensing and litigation support. In the ever-changing, fast-paced business ecosystem, clients expect trustworthy, agile, and uncompromised insights. We share our clients’ aim of attaining these goals at minimum costs.



iRunway works with patent owners and their counsel to assess patent value, analyze monetization opportunities, and support licensing programs to achieve optimal client rewards. The company provides technical research services—covering IP searches, patent renewals, portfolio analysis, source code analysis, circuit analysis, product testing, and reverse engineering of hardware components.

The extensive technology expertise of the team enables clients to identify and isolate critical technical evidence to support infringement theories, thus improving monetization outcomes. Over the years, the firm has helped its clients to earn multiple billions of dollars from monetizing intellectual property.

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 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 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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