Auto IP Europe 2019


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Gold sponsors

Allen & Overy

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Allen & Overy’s ambition is to help the world’s leading businesses maximise the opportunities that globalisation presents and meet the potential challenges. As our clients have sought new markets, so have we. We are continuing to invest in a growing network of international offices across the globe.  Allen & Overy’s international network of 44 offices in 31 countries is the largest footprint among the leading global law firms.

We regularly advise clients in the automotive industry on all aspects of their business, including IP, regulatory, M&A, commercial, privacy and data protection, product liability and dispute resolution. With the rise of connected cars, we fully understand the tensions in the industry between what is permissible under data protection legislation, the range of technical solutions and what customers and partners expect. Our lawyers are involved in many of the most influential commercial ventures and are known for providing clients with transformative solutions to the toughest legal challenges. This, above all, explains why Allen & Overy remains a leader in its field.

Derwent, a Clarivate Analytics company

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Derwent powers the innovation lifecycle from idea to commercialisation using trusted patent data, applications and services, including Derwent Innovation, Derwent World Patent Index, Derwent Patent Citation Index and Derwent Data Analyzer. We build solutions for inventors, patent attorneys and licensing specialists at start-ups and the largest global innovators and legal professionals in leading IP practices. We also build solutions for 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.



Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP 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 have degrees in scientific disciplines, more than 225 are registered to practise before the USPTO and nearly 40 are former USPTO patent examiners. Finnegan delivers sophisticated legal strategies to help clients to 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 3D printing.

Finnegan also represents clients on IP issues relating to international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust, European patents and trademarks and unfair competition. The attorneys in its European office have active practices at both the EPO and the USPTO and possess a keen understanding of the diversity of laws and practices among the European national systems. This knowledge of the European legal system and how it differs from that in the United States allows Finnegan’s European attorneys to effectively counsel both European and US clients on the full range of IP issues.


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Gorodissky & Partners is a home-grown Russian IP boutique with headquarters in Moscow and 13 branch offices in Russia and Ukraine. Gorodissky & Partners is recognised as a top firm for the protection, disposal and enforcement of IP rights.

Gorodissky & Partners’s team of 140 IP professionals provides domestic and foreign clients and associates with comprehensive, professional and cost-effective legal services relating to IP, including inventions, trademarks, designs, utility models, copyright, software and domain names. Our services include prosecution, searches, freedom-to-operate analysis and enforcement (eg, litigation and mediation, disposal, taxation and accounting, due-diligence, M&A deals and translation).

Han Kun Law Offices

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Han Kun Law Offices is a leading full-service law firm in China comprising more than 350 lawyers. It has been widely recognised and ranked as a top Chinese law firm in Asia-Pacific.

Han Kun’s IP practice provides clients with tailored, value-enhancing services which cover contentious and non-contentious patent, trademark and copyright matters, including patent procurement, patent enforcement, due diligence, antitrust, trade secrets and commercial transactions. It is particularly specialised in handling IP matters involving information and communication technologies, automobiles and manufacturing.

Han Kun’s IP lawyers are graduates of top universities with diverse technical backgrounds, strong legal expertise, unique perspectives and extensive experience. They work closely with clients to provide the latest legal insights, strategies and advice. Han Kun’s IP practice has won the trust and praise of renowned domestic and multinational clients for the quality of its professional services and diligent work ethic.

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.


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Nokia creates the technology to connect the world. We develop and deliver the industry’s only end-to-end portfolio of network equipment, software, services and licensing that is available globally. Our customers include communications service providers whose combined networks support 5.7 billion subscriptions, as well as enterprises in the private and public sectors that use our network portfolio to increase productivity and enrich lives.

Our valuable IP portfolio spans more than 20,000 patent families, built from more than €126 billion invested in research and development over the past two decades. With active licensing programmes including for mobile phone, automotive and consumer electronics markets, we have more than 100 licensees.

Powell Gilbert

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Powell Gilbert LLP is a leading UK firm specialising in IP litigation and advisory work. We are recognised as a top-tier firm for patent litigation and our lawyers’ extensive experience and strong scientific and technical backgrounds mean that we are uniquely positioned to address complex and commercially critical IP matters.

We work with knowledge, technology and brand-based industries – from start-ups to multinationals – across a broad range of sectors, including electronics, telecoms, energy technologies, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and consumer goods. Our experience ranges from advising on some of the largest telecoms and FRAND licensing disputes to acting in the earliest and most complex biotechnology patent cases, we also enforce trademark rights against counterfeiting in the luxury goods sector and act in copyright disputes involving iconic furniture design and wearable medtech.

Our lawyers are at the forefront of the profession. We have been involved in many leading and high-profile cases before the UK Patents Court and have gained a wealth of experience from coordinating European litigation. Our depth of experience and excellent track record means that we are ideally placed to advise clients on European IP litigation strategy. Our lawyers are also helping to shape the future of IP law in Europe, having been involved in the preparations for the Unified Patent Court and its central division dealing with life sciences patents in London. This makes us well placed to advise on the European patent system.

Sterne Kessler


Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC assists clients to secure, defend and enforce IP rights. Our integrated practice helps clients to develop IP and freedom-to-operate strategies, prepare and prosecute patents and trademarks globally and defend and enforce patents before the PTAB, the US district courts, the US International Trade Commission and appellate venues. Our team of attorneys, patent agents, students and technical specialists includes some of the most respected practitioners of IP law. Most of our professionals have advanced degrees; more than 50 have master’s degrees and more than 50 have 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 one of the world’s most comprehensive technical bodies of knowledge which we gained from 25 years’ reverse engineering excellence in semiconductors, electronics and software. We are experts in understanding and mapping technology to patents and have helped clients – including more than half of the top 50 US patent holders – to get the most from their IP assets.



WilmerHale is a leading, full-service international law firm with 1,000 lawyers located throughout 12 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. We provide high-quality and innovative solutions to the most complex legal and business issues, including the acquisition, enforcement and protection of IP.

Clients depend on us to understand how IP relates to their business and to use that knowledge to help them fully realise the value of their IP. We practise at the top of the legal profession and offer a cutting-edge blend of capabilities that enables us to handle cases of any size and complexity.

Our lawyers are experienced in managing global IP disputes and have tried major cases before the US federal district courts and the US International Trade Commission, as well as in Germany and the United Kingdom. We also regularly represent clients in patent appeals before the US Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit.

With more than 300 general IP, IP litigation and appellate lawyers, have experience in all IP issues. We staff cases with skilled lawyers who have profound technical knowledge and who work with colleagues across practices to achieve remarkable results. This broad range of experience has garnered accolades from a variety of legal industry publications. For example, US News and World Report recognised us as a top 2019 IP law firm, the New York Law Journal named us IP Litigation Department of the Year for 2018 and the BTI Litigation Outlook 2019 report named us an IP Litigation Powerhouse.


Silver sponsor

Cipher Automotive

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Cipher patent analytics software provides subscribers with the intelligence needed to support strategic IP decisions. Cipher is a market-leading solution that uses AI and machine learning to provide insights into complex landscapes of patented technology.

Cipher Automotive is used by leading original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers and includes a library of more than 200 patented technologies. Cipher is the only patent intelligence software that can be customised to a company’s own technology taxonomy.



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.

Bronze sponsor



Brandstock Services AG delivers fast, efficient and customised solutions and exceptional customer service across the full IP spectrum. For more than 20 years, we have delivered high-quality, cost-effective services for IP owners and professional firms. With our extensive international network of more than 250 law firms, attorneys and other IP professionals providing specialised advice in individual jurisdictions, we are always able to place work with the right professional and ensure the best value. We are constantly innovating in anticipation of market needs and pushing the boundaries of client expectations.

Since the first member company was established in Germany in 1993, the Brandstock Group has grown to more than 150 employees in seven countries. From its strong European base, the group has also expanded into the United States.

European Patent Office


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 170,000 patent applications per year and in 2018 granted more than 120,000 patents. Its free online patent database, Espacenet, contains more than 110 million technical documents from 100 countries.

Latham & Watkins

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Latham & Watkins provides innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, Latham lawyers advise leading multinationals, boundary-pushing start-ups and the investors and financial institutions that fuel them. The firm helps clients to navigate market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services. It also steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability. 

Scherenberg Legal & Licensing

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SCHERENBERG LEGAL & LICENSING (SLL) is a German boutique law firm which specialises in the monetisation of intangible assets, particularly patents. In recent years, SLL has been involved in countless multi-party landmark FRAND settlements and licensing transactions regarding 3G, LTE and WiFi-related patent portfolios, as well as other standardised technologies. SLL represents various patent pools that engage in negotiations with the automotive industry and their suppliers and aim to find creative solutions to match the expectations of this traditional industry with the licensing practices and demands established in the telecoms environment. Besides SLL’s client work, the firm is actively engaged on a national and international level in defining SEP licensing policy.

Knowledge partner


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The AutoHarvest Foundation created and operates a unique innovation ecosystem led by some of the automotive and manufacturing industries’ most highly respected figures. In 2012 ‘’ was launched as a truly neutral global online meeting place for innovators of all types with an interest in advanced manufacturing innovation. This community allows users to showcase capabilities, technologies and needs system-wide and then privately connect with fellow inventors and commercialisers to explore technology and business development opportunities of mutual interest. The AutoHarvest interest group consists of more than 400 prominent organisations from industry, government and academia. Recognised in Accenture’s 2016 report “Digital Shoring for Networked Innovation” as a pioneer in open innovation virtual ecosystems, AutoHarvest provides universal access across the innovation value chain – from grassroots entrepreneurs to corporate titans.

Media partners

The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding

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The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) is an independent, non-profit organisation that is dedicated to increasing the awareness of IP rights and their impact on people’s lives.

 The CIPU provides information, conducts research and facilitates activities that make IP rights more intelligible, enhances their value and deters theft. The CIPU, which was established in 2016, also tracks attitudes toward IP – including patents, copyright and trademarks – and, through outreach, provides an education framework for understanding how IP promotes competition and creates jobs.

International Law Office

ILO_Master_Pos_RGB copyLaunched 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.

IoT Now Transport

IoT Now Transport

The Internet of Things (IoT) is affecting every aspect of daily life, but none more than transport.

Car buyers see financial and environmental benefits in buying transport services, not vehicles. With
vehicle connectivity and autonomy, this is changing the car, how we use it and the business model
for a global industry. Smart cities need integrated, green and cost-efficient public transport services.
Airports, ports and rail stations will benefit from greater connectivity, be able to optimise the use of existing infrastructure and rationalise investments. At a time of fundamental change, decisions need to be timely and well informed – so IoT Now has launched a new smart media brand: IoT Now Transport.

IP CloseUp


IP CloseUp is a leading source of insight for people who need to keep up to date with IP trends. Readers turn to IP CloseUp for weekly updates on news and perspectives about issues affecting patents and other IP rights, as well as transactions and the people and events that drive them.

IP CloseUp's readership includes executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, investors, journalists and inventors. Its regular features include research and data, events, books and videos. IP CloseUp is read in more than 50 countries and has generated more than 210,000 visits over the past four years.


Lexology_RGBLexology 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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