IPWatchdog LIVE 2021

Brought to you by

© Copyright IPWatchdog, Inc. * Questions can be address to Admin@ipwatchdog.com

CURRENT SPONSORS

Diamond Sponsors

Network Break Sponsors

Founded by experienced AmLaw 100 corporate attorneys and intellectual property litigators, AddyHart specializes in handling complex intellectual property litigation from discovery and claim construction to settlement and trial.  Led by founders Meredith Martin Addy and Robert P. Hart, our team of attorneys is deeply versed in intellectual property litigation. We have proven records of success in cases before the U.S district courts, at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board, in the Court of Federal Claims, and in appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other Circuits.  Our attorneys have a wealth of experience as both outside and in-house counsel in multi-million dollar patent disputes. Our lawyers include former AmLaw100 management and former senior in-house IP counsel. We have proven experience in IP and business law across a range of sectors, including in software, in avionics and electronics, in the automotive space, in pharmaceuticals and bioengineering, and in entertainment.

 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.

Lanyard Sponsor

Crystal Sponsors

Supporters

EXHIBITORS

Thank you to this year's Sponsors and Exhibitors

Lunch Sponsors

Breakfast Sponsors

WiFi Sponsor

Soryn IP Capital Management is an IP-centric finance and advisory firm headquartered in New York City. Our three core strategies allow us to invest in a diversity of IP-centric opportunities in a risk-adjusted manner. The Private Credit strategy targets companies with valuable IP who often have limited access to traditional sources of capital.  Our extensive experience in IP markets, and deep understanding of the challenges facing IP owners, allows us to work in partnership to pursue value-creating opportunities. The Legal Finance strategy targets IP owners that are forced to litigate in order to resolve licensing disputes or alleged theft of intellectual property and trade secrets.  The Specialty IP Finance strategy focuses on investment opportunities where returns are generated via the performance of our partner's underlying IP or a contractual agreement relating to IP

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.

Platinum Sponsors

September 12-14, 2021

Renaissance, Dallas Richardson

Rogitz and Associates has been serving the San Diego community with patent law services for over 30 years. We provide patent strategic planning and execution for high technology companies who expect their inventions to have high value. This takes more than understanding and patenting a particular technology.  Effective patent strategy seeks to cover not just a technology, but, where possible, a market niche.  Not all patent attorneys understand this. We do.  We also provide litigation support.  We render opinions as to infringement and patent validity, and we serve as expert witnesses in patent cases.  We have a broad network of litigation firms with nationally known trial attorneys who act as litigation counsel for our clients involved in patent disputes.

Mintz creates breakthrough legal strategies that help clients solve problems and forge ahead. Our attorneys combine legal, business, and industry insight to help navigate shifting challenges. We help clients comply with evolving regulations and compete in emerging markets. While meeting their increasing financing needs, we can also assist with handling employment and labor issues. To compete tomorrow, you need the best business strategy now. We’ll help you make the next move.  Our clients trust us to provide the best legal services. Their confidence is grounded in how we collaborate with them every day. When you engage Mintz, we immerse ourselves in your business. And we strive to be the leading legal counsel in your industry — dedicating ourselves to developing the canny, insider insight needed to create successful, nimble strategies. Solutions that will position you to compete above the rest, today and down the winding road. With each engagement, we work to earn our reputation for excellence. And our can-do culture consistently attracts new talent equally driven to outdo.

Barash Law is an intellectual property and business law firm founded by Eyal H. Barash. Eyal is a registered United States patent attorney and has nearly two decades of patent law experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device, chemical, food, agricultural, semiconductor, and imaging arts. His clients range from publicly-traded pharmaceutical companies to emerging startups and enterprises in between. For startups and other early-stage ventures, Eyal acts as general counsel and manages and develops intellectual property portfolios, negotiates license agreements, and leads due diligence activities when looking to partner intellectual property assets. For more mature firms, Eyal often acts as a consultant where he specializes in drug repositioning including 505(b)(2) strategies for small molecule pharmaceutical development.

Anaqua is a privately held company headquartered in Boston Massachusetts with offices across Europe and Asia. Our software and services help corporations and law firms gain a true competitive advantage from their intellectual property. Over fifteen years ago IP leaders from Ford Motor Company and British American Tobacco identified an important gap within enterprise software solutions. Managing IP with patchworks of commercial and homegrown systems left them with unreliable data that increased their costs and exposed them to risk. They took matters into their own hands by collaborating on a new web-based, unified system for intellectual property – a comprehensive software platform capable of managing and automating the full IP lifecycle of patents, trademarks, designs, trade secrets, and contracts. That collaboration was the beginning of Anaqua – the world’s first web-based unified platform for intellectual property.

LexisNexis IP 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. 

At Ankura, we believe collaboration creates success. We invest in our people and culture and develop unique perspectives. Our clients trust our diverse teams with critical challenges and opportunities.  Where industries, disciplines, technologies, and trends intersect and when transformational moments and events overlap – Ankura is there. We spring into action, putting our world-class expertise to work – developing and executing creative, end-to-end solutions, and providing the expertise and skills our clients need at critical moments. Integrating seamlessly across our firm, we bring every applicable resource to each challenge – supercharging our ability to protect, create, and recover value for our clients. By analyzing data and trends, navigating events, and delivering expert support, we provide a strategic anchor for our clients when they need it the most. Our multidisciplinary expertise comes together with efficiency and speed, allowing us to generate solutions in real-time.

Munck Wilson Mandala is a technology-focused law firm with offices in Dallas, Austin and Marshall, Texas, Los Angeles, California, and is currently opening an office in Miami, Florida.  Listed as an Inc. Best Workplace in 2020 by Inc. Magazine and a Texas Regional Powerhouse by Law360 in 2021, the firm offers full-service counsel in the areas of intellectual property litigation, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property portfolio development, corporate transactions and securities, real estate, and employment law. Munck Wilson Mandala represents clients from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. 

Jeff Kichaven is “Ranked in Chambers (USA) 2021” as one of the country’s top mediators.  “Who’s Who Legal 2021” honored Jeff as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” in mediation, one of only seven in the country and 25 in the world.   He has been a full-time mediator with a nationwide practice for 26 years. I love mediating patent cases,” Jeff says with a smile.  “They’re factually complex, legally uncertain and emotionally intense.  The challenges are great, and the sense of satisfaction when people make clear, strong decisions in a calm, informed environment – and settle their cases – is exhilarating for everyone.  To get there, I blend a friendly personality and soft demeanor with a rock hard, rigorous analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the issues.”

Marconi is a global leader in creating and managing platforms to license the technologies which are revolutionizing our world. Our talented team of experts works with the world’s most innovative companies to transform how patent licensing is done. Efficiently connecting inventors and manufacturers across different industries, we reduce risks and costs for all involved, helping cutting edge products that people love be brought to market.

Avanci believes that sharing technology in the Internet of Things era can be simpler. Our one-stop solution is designed to enable the success of the ecosystem, bringing efficiency, convenience and predictability to the technology licensing process. Since 2016, Avanci has been driving innovation forward by making connections through our marketplace. Those with essential patents can share their innovations, and companies creating connected products for the IoT can access the patented wireless technology they need to be successful – in one place, with one agreement and for one fair, flat rate. In 2020, the World Economic Forum named Avanci a Technology Pioneer for its work in accelerating innovation for the Internet of Things.

Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies is a legal consulting firm that delivers highly strategic approaches to complex intellectual property issues and opportunities.  Their areas of practice include Full IP portfolio audits and review of IP alignment to corporate strategy; Strategic advice for converting a patent portfolio into a profit generator; Design of IP strategies to maximize the value of investment; Amicus briefs and patent policy advocacy; Comprehensive due diligence investigations of potential partners; Growth visioning and planning for small and mid cap pharma and biotech companies; Guided pharma and biotech investment consulting for venture capital and investment banking groups; Expert guidance to small and mid cap companies to avoid costly IP missteps; Innovative support in freedom to operate issues; Strategic fixes to difficult or losing IP litigation; Assistance during intractable patent prosecution; Navigation through IP and Hatch-Waxman regulatory obstacles for drug developing and manufacturing companies to secure maximum proprietary terms

Gray Reed is 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

Skiermont Derby is a litigation boutique with trial lawyers in Dallas and Los Angeles. The firm has extensive experience litigating all types of IP claims, including patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and rights of publicity and privacy—often in combination with related claims for violations of antitrust and unfair competition laws. Skiermont Derby has achieved success in patent infringement jury trials in diverse venues such as Chicago and East Texas, including verdicts for willful patent infringement. The firm’s courtroom successes in high-stakes litigation have earned it numerous award and accolades based on peer and client feedback, and IP Law360 describes Skiermont Derby as a firm “capable of competing with – and beating – the best big firms at the highest level.” Beyond our role as trial lawyers, we understand clients need trusted advisers who have a deep understanding of their objectives. Sometimes a ‘win’ for a client means finding a creative way to avoid a dispute altogether, while other times it means turning a dispute into a new business opportunity, or simply finding a way to control legal costs. But for some intellectual property disputes, the only way to win is to succeed in the courtroom—and Skiermont Derby was formed more than a decade ago to be on the shortlist of firms that clients call when they need experienced IP trial lawyers.

Ropes & Gray a global team of 1,400 professionals, whose top-notch skills, varied backgrounds and unique perspectives can help them meet high-stakes challenges, solve complex problems and reach their goals. An international presence, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul.  Ropes & Gray has always focused on providing clients with the highest quality advice on their most critical legal and business needs. We’re a thoroughly contemporary firm that can bring 150 years of legal and institutional history to bear on the challenges clients face in today’s global, networked, 24/7 environment. Our collaborative approach means that our clients have ready access to leading corporate, litigation, transactional and regulatory lawyers whose knowledge and experience span industries and geographies.

Founded in 1981, Porter Hedges is a full-service Houston-based law firm with an office in Oklahoma City.  We provide the highest quality work across a range of industries, with particular preeminence in the energy sector. As leading practitioners, we are committed to excellence across our firm and favor an efficient, value-minded approach to serving our clients. We develop practical and integrated solutions to complex challenges that we approach with a business-oriented mindset.  Our clients range from some of the world’s largest public companies to smaller, mid-size, private businesses.  Our firm reflects our clients' approach to business – entrepreneurial, collaborative, and practical.

Burford Capital is the largest and most experienced provider of commercial legal finance in the world. We set the industry gold standard. Burford has worked with hundreds of law firms and corporations, including 91 of the world’s 100 largest law firms. Our team has grown from five people at the end of 2009 to over 125 people today, including some 60 lawyers, in offices in New York, London, Chicago, Washington, Singapore and Sydney. Since September 2020, Burford has been a founding member of the International Legal Finance Association, the global voice of the commercial legal finance industry.

Curiam Capital is a private investment firm that provides financing for high-value litigation. Curiam specializes in finding flexible and creative solutions that allow parties to hire the lawyers of their choice to pursue strong legal claims. Curiam’s financing allows lawyers to free themselves from the conflicts and compromises that can complicate contingent-fee arrangements. Curiam’s investments are generally non-recourse. That means that Curiam gets an agreed-upon return only if the litigation is successful.  The majority external funder of Curiam Capital is Michael Platt. Mr. Platt co-founded and is the CEO of BlueCrest Capital Management, a private investment partnership and formerly one of the world’s largest hedge fund managers.

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.

Carmichael IP has the highest win rate of any law firm at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) for patent owners, according to independent published rankings showing the firm prevailing on 97% of claims over the last five years.  Founded by former Administrative Patent Judges from the PTAB, the firm specializes in IPRs and other AIA proceedings before the PTAB.  The firm also conducts strategic prosecution of patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Most of the firm’s attorneys obtained advanced degrees and/or engineering experience prior to attending law school.

Mayer Brown is a distinctively global law firm, uniquely positioned to advise the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex deals and disputes.  With extensive reach across four continents, we are the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers—New York, London and Hong Kong—the backbone of the global economy.  We have deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including our signature strength, the global financial services industry.  Our diverse teams of lawyers are recognized by our clients as strategic partners with deep commercial instincts and a commitment to creatively anticipating their needs and delivering excellence in everything we do.  Our “one-firm” culture—seamless and integrated across all practices and regions—ensures that our clients receive the best of our knowledge and experience.

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.

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.

Silver Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

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.

With 135 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, and Washington, D.C., McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. The firm has secured 12 nine-figure jury verdicts and 14 eight-figure jury verdicts, obtaining more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal “Top 100 Verdicts” than any other law firm in the country. These courtroom successes have earned McKool Smith critical acclaim and helped the firm become what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” McKool Smith represents clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, insurance recovery, and white collar defense matters.

Bronze Sponsors

Volpe Koenig is a full-service intellectual property law firm serving a diverse roster of U.S. and global clients across a varied mix of industries, technologies and business sectors. With almost 50 attorneys, agents and technical advisors, the firm provides strategic intellectual property counseling  to protect valuable portfolios and assets. Volpe Koenig helps clients better understand the continually shifting IP legal landscape to provide our clients peace of mind knowing that their intellectual property assets are secure.  Our attorneys possess the necessary technical backgrounds and education, practical industry experience, or research experience, working within a wide range of technologies – including electrical, mechanical, computer, civil engineering and life sciences. This blend of technical proficiencies and legal capabilities allows Volpe Koenig to take a proactive approach in our services and strategic advice.

At Qualcomm, we invent breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects, computes, and communicates. You interact with products and technologies made possible by Qualcomm every day—5G-enabled smartphones that double as pro-level cameras and gaming devices, connectivity solutions that keep you connected even in remote areas, 5G that makes cities safer with smart infrastructure, and the technology that powers the smart, connected factories that manufactured your latest purchase. Our work is behind and inside the innovations that deliver significant value across multiple industries and to billions of people every day.  We invented the breakthroughs that make 5G possible. We’re taking on some of the world’s biggest challenges to positively impact society for the benefit of the greater good. You’ll see us where 5G is transforming entire industries and enabling new ones, improving the ways we work, live and play.  Our portfolio includes products for processors, modems, platforms, RF systems, and connectivity, plus products based on the end-use application of your design. We offer a full range of purpose-built, pre-packaged software, hardware, and tools that help you get your invention to market faster.

LexisNexis IP 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. 

Lounge Sponsor