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Brown Rudnick, an international law firm with offices in the United States and Europe, represents clients from around the world in high-stakes litigation, international arbitration and complex business transactions. Clients include public and private corporations, multinational Fortune 100 businesses and start-up enterprises. The Firm also represents investors, as well as official and ad hoc creditors’ committees in today’s largest corporate restructurings, both domestically and abroad. Founded more than 70 years ago, Brown Rudnick has more than 250 lawyers and government relations professionals providing advice and services across key areas of the law. Beyond the United States, the Firm regularly serves clients in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. With its Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest, the Firm has created an innovative model combining its pro bono, charitable giving and community volunteer efforts.

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Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTG) applies its deep legal and technology expertise to help patent owners get the most out of their patent assets. From providing startups with capital and portfolio growth assistance, to working with inventors, universities, research centers and established companies as an outsourced licensing partner, Acacia is at the center of innovation value creation.

Mintz views intellectual property, particularly patents, as a strategic business asset. The Mintz patent monetization team has helped clients generate nearly one billion dollars in revenue from their non-core patent assets through strategic negotiations, brokered sales, and enforcement proceedings. Using a combination of technical expertise, business acumen, and litigation capabilities, the team articulates, develops, and executes patent monetization strategies. Recent successful programs have resulted from using multi-prong international strategies, including coordinated enforcement in District Courts, the International Trade Commission, Germany, and in China.

Robins Kaplan LLP is among the nation’s premier trial law firms, with more than 250 attorneys in eight major cities. Our attorneys litigate, mediate, and arbitrate client disputes, always at-the-ready for an ultimate courtroom battle. When huge forces are at play, major money is at stake, or rights are being trampled, we help clients cut through complexity, get to the heart of the problem, and win what matters most. We are clearly focused on business results for our clients. We achieve landmark triumphs and drive thousands of other cases to resolution before they ever hit the courtroom or the front page. From Big Tobacco to Kraft v. Starbucks, Bhopal and the World Trade Center—we have changed law, business, and society for the better by redefining what’s possible.

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Bentham IMF is the US arm of IMF Bentham Limited (ASX: IMF), and one of only two Chambers and Partners “Band One” litigation funding companies in the US. The companies have 14 offices throughout the world and have funded to completion 184 cases in the past 17 years, generating $2.3 billion AUD in recoveries and achieving a 90% success rate, with their clients retaining an average of 61% of all case proceeds.

Burford Capital is a leading global finance and investment management firm focused on law. Its businesses include litigation finance and risk management, asset recovery and a wide range of legal finance and advisory activities. Burford is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange, and it works with law firms and clients around the world from its principal offices in New York, London, Chicago, Washington, Singapore and Sydney.

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 team has decades of experience working on some of the largest and most complex litigations in United States history. The majority external investor of Curiam is Michael Platt, the co-founder and CEO of BlueCrest Capital Management.

International law firm Gowling WLG has more than 1,400 legal professionals in 18 cities worldwide. We provide our clients with in-depth expertise in key global sectors and a suite of legal services at home and abroad. Our award winning IP team has unmatched expertise and collaborates across countries, offices, service areas and sectors to help our clients succeed, no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) is a global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, valuation, and strategic consulting. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of the firm’s commitment to client success across its advisory services. Houlihan Lokey is ranked as the No. 1 M&A advisor for all U.S. transactions, the No. 1 global restructuring advisor, and the No. 1 global M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 20 years, according to Thomson Reuters.

HighTech-Solutions (HTS) is a full-service intellectual property (IP) and patent service provide. HTS focuses on analytics, valuation, strategy and litigation services. HTS drives IP holder’s initiatives and programs to success by identifying IP of value using advanced engineering expertise. Our three core services include: Due Diligence, Brokerage Transactions, and Strategic Services.

Since 2001, IPVALUE has provided intellectual property management done your way. We work with high-quality patents owned by leading enterprises and developers of premium IP. Partners highly appreciate our thoughtful and long-term outlook, our “litigate last” philosophy, and how our engagements become a perfect fit. Committed to obtaining fair value for your intellectual property, we have generated nearly $2B in IP revenue to date and delivered more to our partners than anyone else in our industry – thanks largely to a “people first” approach and a deep passion for innovation.

Longford Capital is a leader in the commercial litigation finance industry, and is one of the largest managers in the asset class, with more than $550 million in assets under management. Longford invests in business-to-business disputes, providing non-recourse capital solutions to entities with $25 million to more than $2 billion in controversy. The firm manages a diverse portfolio of investments in four broad substantive legal areas, including commercial disputes, antitrust and trade regulation claims, intellectual property claims, and international arbitration matters.

Serving clients in every major international financial center, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates is one of the leading law firms in the world, with 23 offices and approximately 1,700 attorneys. Our diversified practice enables us to offer solutions to the most challenging legal issues in virtually every area of corporate law, providing the specific legal advice clients need to compete most effectively in a global business environment.

For over 30 years TechInsights has been a trusted patent and technology partner to the world’s largest and most successful companies including 75% of the top 50 U.S. patent holders. By revealing the innovation others cannot 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.

BRONZE SPONSORS

Ericsson is a leading provider of information and communication technology (ICT) to service providers, with about 40% of the world’s mobile traffic carried through their networks. With more than 30 years’ experience as a leading contributor to open standards and more than 49,000 granted patents, Ericsson has emerged as holding one of the industry’s strongest intellectual property portfolios, covering 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G cellular standards.

WiLAN, a Quarterhill Inc. company, is one of the most successful patent licensing companies in the world, helping companies unlock the value of intellectual property by managing and licensing their patent portfolios. The company operates in a variety of markets including automotive, digital television, Internet, medical, semiconductor and wireless communication technologies.

OPENING RECEPTION SPONSORS

Feinberg Day is the result of the vision and collective experience of its founders. We are trial lawyers with unmatched technical depth and over 100 years of experience in IP and commercial litigation. We have taken that set of skills and created a refreshingly new and unique solution to achieve the best results for our clients — from Fortune 100 companies to individual inventors.

Soryn IP Group 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.

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Richardson Oliver Insights LLC enables patent transactions and accelerates the patent market by providing reliable, comprehensive and data-driven solutions to patent buyers, sellers and decision makers. With more than 30 years’ experience and a proprietary database of more than 160,000 patent assets distributed across 7,300 deals, we help clients to buy the patents that fit their needs, position patents for an optimum sale and make data-driven strategic decisions.

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CAsE Analysis provides patent portfolio management services with a focus on strategic prosecution and preparation of cases for monetization including securing litigation finance. Our unique methodology allows not only for the identification of valuable patent assets but also for the creation of robust continuation applications that maximize the value of each patent family.

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World IP Review provides news and guidance on the challenges facing businesses and legal practitioners active in intellectual property. Our website publishes the latest, must-read stories on patents, trademarks, and copyright. We offer a free daily newsletter featuring these stories, among industry analyses, contributed articles, surveys, and interviews.

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATION

The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about creations of the mind and their impact on people and business. CIPU provides an educational framework that seeks to increase IP literacy, promote freedom of ideas and deter infringement. Established in 2016, the Center provides a context for how IP facilitates ideas, promotes competition and creates value. CIPU is granted tax-exempt status under IRS 501(c)(3). www.understandingip.org.