Pharma and Biotech IP 2019


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Platinum sponsor

Fish & Richardson

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With a “heavyweight reputation” and a “national reach across the market” (WTR 1000), Fish & Richardson is among the top trademark firms in the United States. Our practice includes experienced trademark attorneys and paralegals who are dedicated to trademark, trade dress and domain name matters – including strategic counselling and prosecution work – as well as complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Fish’s trademark group offers the resources of a global IP leader, the expertise of a boutique firm and the personal service that comes with a local presence.

Gold sponsors


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Darts-ip is a database of global IP case law and analytics. We provide more than 3 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.


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Deris is a trusted IP adviser with more than 107 years’ experience. Deris is a one-stop shop for IP services with one of the largest and most internationally regarded IP prosecution and advisory teams in Turkey. The firm is a pioneer in shaping the IP landscape by obtaining precedent court decisions and preparing IP legislation for legislative bodies.

Deris’s trademark attorneys, technical experts and Turkish and European patent attorneys provide high-quality and unique counselling and services, combining vast enforcement experience with deep technical prosecution expertise. Deris’s team has built an outstanding track record in handling complex multi-jurisdictional patent disputes, which have had a large impact on the Turkish market. The team has successfully represented market-leading companies and SEPs owners in nationwide patent enforcement and technology licensing programmes. Deris and its attorneys have been recognised by a range of leading international publications, including WTR, IAM, the Legal 500, Managing Intellectual Property, Leaders League, Best Lawyers, World Intellectual Property Review and Who’s Who.



Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market-leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, finance and financial services, energy and natural resources, life sciences and media.

Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our Silicon Valley and China colleagues. We also work in a number of other jurisdictions through dedicated country teams.

Our clients include social media sites and high street coffee chains, as well as pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, banks and technology leaders.


Finnegan Spaced

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



HGF Ltd is one of Europe’s largest IP specialist firms and one of only a few to offer a fully integrated IP solution. HGF brings together more than 160 patent attorneys, trademark attorneys and IP solicitors to provide a full-service IP solution. The firm has 17 offices throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

HGF has a strong group of technology-based strategic business units with experience and expertise covering chemistry, engineering, electronics and life sciences.

A particular strength is our specialist life sciences and pharmaceuticals teams. These are two of the largest specialised teams in these sectors in Europe.

Our life science team frequently advises on matters relating to AgBio, personalised medicine, biologic therapeutics, microbiome, stem cell technologies, industrial biotechnology and gene-editing technologies. Given our recent volume of high-profile work in the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) field, we recently formed an HGF CRISPR focus group.

Our pharmaceuticals team frequently advises on matters relating to medical chemistry, drug discovery, pharmaceutical formulations and vaccines and on exclusivity strategies in the pharmaceutical sector.

The depth and breadth of the team’s collective experience enables them to not only demonstrate a longstanding commitment to serving the life science and pharmaceutical industry in an array of high-profile matters, but also provide clients with commercially relevant strategic advice on the most current issues affecting the industry.

IAM Market 

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An online marketplace for buy and sell-side practitioners, IAM Market brings together people who see the commercial value of intellectual property and technology and want to do business together. IAM Market aims to simplify the IP transactions market, as well as making it more transparent.

Powell Gilbert LLP

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Powell Gilbert LLP is a leading UK law firm specialising in IP litigation and advisory work. We are recognised as a top-tier firm for patent litigation in the life sciences sector, with lawyers having been involved in precedent-setting, highly complex pharma, biotech and medical device cases for decades.

We advise on medical, agricultural and industrial applications within the life sciences sector. We are experienced in a range of technical areas, including pharmaceuticals, formulation technologies, dosage regimens, enantiomers and crystalline forms, protein therapeutics, enzymes, monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, viral vectors, stem cells, genetically modified organisms, RNA interference, CRISPR/Cas 9, ELISA and nucleic acid-based diagnostics, medical devices, DNA microarrays and nanotechnology.

With a successful record before the UK Patents Court, the UK Court of Appeal and the UK Supreme Court and in referrals to the European Court of Justice, we frequently advise on dispute resolution strategy and support multinational litigation across Europe in coordination with other jurisdictions. All of our lawyers have technical backgrounds – ranging from immunology, biochemistry and chemical engineering to molecular biology and computer sciences. Combined with our European litigation experience, this makes us ideally placed to assist clients in the Unified Patents Court, whose life sciences central division is intended to be based in London.

Bronze sponsor

Aird & McBurney LP


Propelled by the vision and energy of Peter McBurney – a statesman in the Canadian IP industry for almost 50 years – Aird & McBurney LP was established with a group of leading, highly qualified and experienced patent agents who have been working together for more than two decades. Clients range from individual inventors and small start-up companies to universities, hospitals and research facilities and large Canadian and multinational corporations, including Fortune 100 companies. Aird & McBurney LP works together with Aird & Berlis LLP in order to secure IP protection and enforce IP rights. Clients benefit from the integration of patent agency and legal services within a single, full-service organisation.

Networking sponsors

GCR Live


GCR is delighted to host the inaugural GCR Live Pharmaceuticals event on Thursday 28 February 2019. It will be chaired by J Mark Gidley of White & Case and Christine Siegwarth Meyer of NERA Economic Consulting. The conference is designed to create a forum for antitrust professionals in the pharmaceuticals sector to come together and hear from the leading names in the industry. Topics for discussion include pricing cases and what they mean for the future of pharma and the costs and pitfalls of innovation in the industry. The conference is expected to bring in audience members from across the United States and internationally, allowing delegates to connect with and learn from like-minded individuals.


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RWS is the world leader in translation and localisation, IP support solutions and life sciences language services. For 60 years, RWS has led the industry and helped more than 10,000 clients protect their IP and enforce their rights around the world.

Annually, RWS provides more than 90,000 patent translations, 53,000 European patent validations and 7,500 patent cooperation treaty national phase entries. RWS runs the leading online foreign filing platform, inovia. It has developed a high-quality foreign agent network in more than 130 countries which includes more than 300 in-house translators and revisers, as well as more than 7,000 in-country translators. More than 50,000 subscribers use RWS’s patent search and analysis tool, PatBase. Its in-house patent search team covers all technologies.

Media partners

German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property

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Established in 1891, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) is the largest and oldest non-profit association in Germany devoted to the protection, academic advancement and development of IP, competition and data law. With more than 5,300 members from 60 countries, GRUR offers a forum for a wide range of IP professionals.

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

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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