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Acacia Research Corporation is an industry leader in patent licensing. By partnering with patent owners, Acacia applies its deep legal and technology expertise to patent assets to unlock financial value. An intermediary in the patent market, Acacia facilitates efficiency and delivers monetary rewards to the patent owner.  Founded in 1993 by Bruce Stewart, Acacia and their patent partners have signed more than 1200 licensing agreements with many of the world’s largest companies. Consistent with its innovation heritage, Acacia has returned more than $727,000,000 to our patent partners. The Acacia team is un-paralleled in its ability to identify, secure, analyze and monetize intellectual property in a rapidly developing secondary market for patent assets.

Sterne Kessler is an intellectual property specialty firm dedicated exclusively to the protection, transfer and enforcement of IP rights for their clients. Their team of attorneys, registered patent agents, student associates and technical specialists include some of the country's most respected practitioners of intellectual property law. Most of our professionals hold an advanced-level degree, including more than 50 with a doctorate in science or engineering. Teaming with our IP professionals is a dynamic and extraordinarily capable team of managers and staff in a work environment with robust technical platforms, protocols and systems for the highest levels of efficiency in delivering a full suite of services to clients.

 For more than a century, the world’s leading companies have turned to Shook, Hardy & Bacon to obtain favorable results under the most contentious circumstances. Our clients expect more than wins. They engage Shook both inside and outside the courtroom to protect their business investments and maximize opportunities for growth. At Shook, we believe that legal excellence begins and ends with relationships founded on creative and practical solutions. Our attorneys approach every challenge with integrity, tenacity and collegiality to achieve the best results for those we represent.

IPwe Analytics is an artificial intelligence-based tool developed by IP professionals and world-renowned artificial intelligence experts over the last 10 years that provides relevant patent information to a variety of users.  IPwe leverages the power of artificial intelligence, data mining, and predictive analytics to unlock global patent value – we’ve created entirely new ways of interacting and transacting with patents. IPwe is committed to fostering innovation by helping patent owners generate revenue and lower costs of patent ownership.  With annual sales and licenses of patents estimated at more than $180 billion, only 2% of all patents are involved in those transactions, IPwe intends to unleash the value in the other 98%.

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Papst Licensing is a patent monetization company that is operating worldwide. Since 1993, PAPST LICENSING has monetized several hundred patents in the field of electrical engineering and precision mechanical engineering. Papst Licensing has since then executed more than 170 license agreements with well-known corporations around the world. PAPST LICENSING has the know-how to track down patent infringements, analyze markets and products, conduct license negotiations and monitor the compliance with license agreements. Their goal is not to prohibit the use of the patent but rather to conclude a license agreement. If negotiations fail, PAPST LICENSING is in the position to fund and effectively complete court proceedings.

Crystal Sponsors

Tangible IP is the global leader in the sale and acquisition of high-quality patents with over 3000 patents successfully brokered. We are routinely retained by Fortune 500 companies, SMEs and inventors alike to assist them in either selling or acquiring patent assets.  We work with buyers who are interested in approaching patent owners and acquiring portfolios without having to disclose their identity to the seller. Tangible IP is also only one of a handful of firms worldwide which is entitled to list the portfolios it brokers on the ubiquitous IAM Marketplace, thus providing an added advantage to patent owners who list their assets with us.


US Inventor brings together the best and brightest innovators of today to help the best and brightest innovators of tomorrow. We teach, promote, and defend the invention process and business methods involved in developing an idea, making a profit, and changing lives.  Innovation is the cornerstone of the American Dream. Everyone can build the next best mousetrap. US Inventor’s vision is to help teach people that process as well as defending that ability on Capitol Hill.

Transpacific IP is leading resource connecting Asian and global markets. We're also the only full-service IP strategy company with headquarters in Asia. Our company has grown to seven offices in key technology hot spots throughout Asia. We're proud to say that our client roster combines a "Who's Who" of the Fortune 500, as well as leading organizations throughout Europe, South America, Australasia, the Middle East, and of course, Asia. Just as importantly, we have become an invaluable partner for individual inventors, research labs, universities and organizations of all sizes.


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The law firm of Carmichael IP specializes in representing inventors and patent challengers before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). The firm conducts Inter Partes Reviews and other post-grant patent proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, especially the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). They also prepare and prosecute patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, analyze search results for possible infringement, validity, and design-around issues, and provide consulting and expert witness testimony in court proceedings concerning patent practice and procedure.

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Fortress Investment Group LLC is a leading, highly diversified global investment manager with approximately $40.9 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2019. Founded in 1998, Fortress manages assets on behalf of over 1,750 institutional clients and private investors worldwide across a range of credit and real estate, private equity and permanent capital investment strategies. Founded as a pure private equity firm in 1998, Fortress has transitioned into a highly diversified, global investment manager. As of June 30, 2019, Fortress employs 902 asset management employees and 204 investment professionals, at their headquarters in New York and their affiliate offices around the globe.

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LexisNexis IP from Reed Tech.  Reed Tech, is a LexisNexis company. We are the provider of best-in-class information-based solutions and services to meet the needs of the intellectual property market, government agencies, and the life sciences industry. We have worked in the patent arena with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for nearly half a century and offer a suite of IP solutions that deliver the results you need across the patent workflow under the LexisNexis IP name. The corporate culture is driven by a commitment to excellence, innovation, and a strong dedication to our customers, employees and communities. Learn more about LexisNexis Legal & Professional or Reed Tech.

Gray Reed a full-service law firm with 11 organized practice groups including business litigation, corporate transactions, oil and gas, tax planning and litigation, real estate, healthcare, trusts and estates, employment law, family law, intellectual property and bankruptcy. Their intellectual property attorneys develop comprehensive strategies and solutions for the myriad of intellectual property issues facing all businesses and institutions of today.  They have both an intellectual property litigation team that represents parties who are alleged to have infringed the patent, trademark or other intellectual property rights of others, as well as a team of IP attorneys who assist their clients in obtaining patents, trademark and copyright registrations throughout the world, structuring and negotiating IP-related licensing arrangements as well as valuation of corporate IP portfolios

Silver Sponsors

Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers. We enable the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services that are easy to use, adopt, and scale, making our customers successful in a fully connected world.  Research & Development (R&D) is at the heart of their business with approximately 24,000 employees. Ericsson engineers, researchers and scientists around the world are working on what’s next big thing with technology in focus. With more than 49,000 granted patents, we have one of the strongest intellectual property rights portfolios in the industry.

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The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law is an intimate, innovative law school, committed to developing students who enjoy challenging dialogue from the first moments of orientation, embrace practice-based learning, and stand ready to join the ranks of alumni who are global leaders in intellectual property, general practice, public interest and social justice, and commerce and technology. Their Legal Residency program allows students to work in their fields of interest for up to a full semester while receiving credit and their Daniel Webster Scholar program is the only practice-based bar exam alternative in the nation. Their faculty consists of practitioners experienced in their fields of interest. The small student/faculty ratio promotes collaboration and collegiality. Accredited by the American Bar Association, UNH Law is located in Concord, New Hampshire, home to the state's legislature, state offices, as well as local, state and U.S. federal courts. Concord is just an hour's drive from Boston, and we are located less than an hour from mountains, lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. 

For over 30 years, TechInsights has been a trusted patent and technology partner to the world’s largest and most successful companies including 37 of the top 50 U.S. patent holders. By revealing the innovation others can’t inside the broadest range of advanced technology products, we prove patent value and enable business leaders to make the best, fact-based IP and technology investment decisions. Headquartered in Ottawa Canada, TechInsights’ Patent and Technology Analysts deliver specialized products and services from global offices.  

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Soryn IP Group, LLC is a patent-centric finance and advisory firm headquartered in New York City. Through a unique combination of business, legal and financial acumen, Soryn and it’s sister company Soryn Capital offer unique financial and advisory solutions that protect and unlock intellectual property value. As a trusted investor and advisor to a number of the world’s most innovative companies and universities, the Soryn family of companies has closed almost $200 million in patent-centric deals.

Founded in 2008 by Gary Smith, former Director of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) at The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland, PCT Learning Center is the leading source of PCT training in the United States. Instructors are current or former WIPO and/or USPTO staff with Expert familiarity in the covered topics. To date over 4000 lawyers and paralegal support staff at Law Firms and Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States and Canada have attended PCT Training courses. A variety of topics incorporating the latest published updates are covered including ePCT/DAS, PCT-SAFE, and all related PCT topics (fees, timing, amendments, Chapter II, etc.). In 2019, Hague Industrial Design registration training was added. Look for Madrid Protocol training starting in 2020! All of your international filing practice training needs met thru a single source.

Foresight Valuation Group is an intellectual property (IP) valuation, strategy, and economic consulting firm. We help our clients understand the value of their intellectual property by thinking strategically about how to manage and extract value from their innovation.  Our principals and affiliates have been involved in analyzing and commercializing cutting edge innovation for some of the world′s most prominent technology companies. As IP experts based in Silicon Valley, we help organizations across a range of industries manage and grow their IP as a strategic business asset.

Burford is the largest and most experienced provider of commercial legal finance in the world. We set the industry gold standard.  Founded in October, 2009, Burford's CEO Christopher Bogart and CIO Jonathan Molot met at a RAND conference in 2009 and discovered a shared interest in developing new ways for companies and law firms to manage the cost of high-stakes commercial disputes. As Time Warner’s former general counsel, Chris had crafted the $35 million fee paid to Cravath for its work on the AOL/Time Warner merger—then the largest corporate contingency fee in history. As a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, Jon had investigated market solutions to address the impact of unequal financial resources on litigation outcomes.  

Sunday, March 15th Cocktail Reception Sponsor

SUGIMURA & Partners has been dedicated to the IP prosecution needs of our clients for nearly a century, during which we have built a reputation for excellence within the IP field. We now celebrate our ninety fourth year with the unveiling of our new legal division, which extends the quality and reputation you have come to expect from from our IP prosecution practice to our new IP litigation and dispute resolution practices.This expansion reflects our commitment to rise to the legal and technological challenges presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With Koji Sugimura at the helm of our legal practice and Kenji Sugimura at the helm of our IP prosecution practice, we now have the capability to meet to these challenges by offering truly innovative, comprehensive and integrated IP and legal services, focused clearly on meeting the evolving needs our clients.