Current sponsors include:

SHIP Global IP
SHIP Global IP is an IP portfolio management company. Using a comprehensive network of qualified foreign firms, in conjunction with SHIP’s in-house licensed IP paralegals, we help companies centralise and consolidate their activity and budgets in relation to patent and trademark life cycles. We offer a cloud-based tool that enables our clients to get instant quotes, store formalities, transfer documentation, and monitor their portfolio as well as the foreign filing process. Our services include certified IP translation; administrative services related to the application process; processing; resolution of objections; and granting and maintenance of patent rights.

White & Case
White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world.

As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.

In established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as startup visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

Smart & Biggar
Smart & Biggar is Canada’s largest IP and technology law firm. We work with global and domestic businesses and law firms, to help them secure, protect and maximise the value of their innovations and IP investments in Canada. We are consistently recognised as the leading Canadian IP firm by a wide range of third party domestic and international rankings. Our life sciences practice is one of the leading and most experienced teams in Canada for patent prosecution, IP transactions and licensing, litigation and regulatory issues. The firm works with a variety of clients to develop IP strategies from procurement, to enforcement, to licensing of innovations.

Powell Gilbert
Powell Gilbert is one of the UK’s leading law firms specialising in intellectual property litigation and advisory work. The firm is recognised as top tier for patent litigation in the life sciences sector, its lawyers having been involved in precedent-setting, highly complex pharma, biotech and medical device cases for decades.

With a successful record before the UK Patents Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and in referrals to the European Court of Justice, the team frequently advises on dispute resolution strategy and supports multinational litigation across Europe, in coordination with other jurisdictions.

All the firm’s lawyers have technical backgrounds, ranging from immunology, biochemistry and chemical engineering to molecular biology and computer sciences. Combined with its European litigation experience this makes Powell Gilbert ideally placed to assist clients in the forthcoming Unified Patents Court (UPC), with its Life Sciences Central division due to be based in London.

HGF is one of Europe’s largest firms of IP specialists and the second largest in the UK. The firm has offices in the UK and mainland Europe which offer an integrated IP solution with patent attorneys, trademark attorneys and IP solicitors to provide a full-service IP solution for clients. The firm is currently the second highest filer of Community trademarks and of Patent Cooperation Treaty applications.

HGF offers the full range of services expected from leading patent and trademark attorneys and solicitors, but it is our dynamic approach to oppositions and appeals, strategic portfolio development and acquisition due diligence that distinguishes HGF in the marketplace. HGF believes each client is unique and works hard to ensure we understand your objectives, timescales and budget to successfully achieve your goals. Our specialist teams have expertise and experience covering a range of technical fields including chemistry, engineering, electronics and life sciences.

Abe & Partneres
Osaka, Japan-based Abe & Partners works in a wide range of international and corporate matters with a focus on intellectual property law and international commerce. Patent litigation that Abe & Partners has participated in to date covers the fields of pharmaceuticals, chemistry, electronics and machinery, involving advanced technology such as biotechnology, semiconductors, etc, in cross-border matters. The firm has extensive experience in representing and advising multinational and domestic clients in the pharmaceutical industry and is currently involved in the battle between brand pharmaceutical companies and generic companies.

At Fitzpatrick, IP is not just a practice area—it is our sole focus. We are widely acknowledged as one of the premier IP firms in the country practising all areas of IP law. Our technical acumen plus legal ability result in razor-sharp professional services in a multitude of industries. Founded in 1971, we have continually kept pace with the complex world of new technologies and the strategies required for protecting knowledge, vision and ideas.

McDermott Will & Emery

Fish & Richardson
Fish & Richardson is a global patent prosecution, intellectual property litigation, and commercial litigation law firm with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists in the US and Europe. Fish is the #1 US patent litigation firm, handling nearly three times as many cases than its nearest competitor; a powerhouse patent prosecution firm; a top-tier trademark and copyright firm; and the #1 firm at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, with more cases than any other firm. Since 1878, Fish attorneys have been winning cases worth billions in controversy—often by making new law—for the world’s most innovative and influential technology leaders.

Choate Hall & Stewart
Choate is one of the nation’s premier law firms. We have intentionally built Choate to be different from the firms with which we compete. We believe those differences materially benefit our clients and the best and brightest talent which joins us. Choate stands out in a legal marketplace which is crowded, intensely competitive and populated by firms which increasingly look, act and think alike. Our unique model leads to a special client experience.

Foley & Lardner
Foley & Lardner’s life sciences industry team has nearly 30 years of experience providing 360° legal solutions to clients at every stage of development, that meet today’s needs and support tomorrow’s strategies. Our legal acumen is matched by our education, training, and first-hand experience in the science underlying your products, including stem cell and regenerative technologies, immunotherapies such as CRISPR, and personalised medicine. With more than 45 attorneys and technical specialists who hold PhDs and more than 40 who have earned Master’s degrees in scientific disciplines, we make it a priority to stay abreast of breakthrough technologies as well as those on the horizon.

Dechert is a global law firm. Focused on sectors with the greatest complexities, legal intricacies and highest regulatory demands, we excel at delivering practical commercial judgement and deep legal expertise for high-stakes matters. In an increasingly challenging environment, clients look to us to serve them in ways that are faster, sharper and leaner without compromising excellence. We are relentless in serving our clients —delivering the best of the firm to them with entrepreneurial energy and seamless collaboration in a way that is distinctively Dechert.

CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office
CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office is the oldest and one of the largest full-service IP law firms in China. Our firm has 292 patent and trademark attorneys, with 76 qualified attorneys-at-law. We provide consultation, prosecution, mediation, administrative enforcement and litigation services relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, domain names, trade secrets, trade dress, unfair competition and other IP-related matters. Headquartered in Beijing, we have branch offices in New York, Tokyo, Munich, Madrid, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shanghai. Our mission is to render tailored services to clients with high quality, efficiency and reliability in a cost-effective manner.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione is exclusively focused on IP law. Brinks is home to more than 130 attorneys, patent agents and scientific advisors who provide thoughtful, effective legal strategies and creative insights to help clients realise their objectives. Brinks is one of the largest IP law firms in the US. Its Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical practice group has more than 45 experienced attorneys and patent agents who are deeply versed in the complex and ever-evolving areas of the law specific to these industries. Clients around the world rely on Brinks to help them protect and enforce their IP rights.

Delegate IP
Feeling squeezed? We can help. Tight deadlines, changes in the market, cost/budget pressures, resource constraints and increased risk can leave you feeling more than a little squeezed. Meet our specialist team to see how we can help relieve the pressure. We offer IP annuities and renewals; IP recordals; PCT national/regional phase entries; Paris Convention filings; standalone translations by patent attorneys; and European patent validations (for EP attorneys only).

SKS Law Associates provides services in the area of intellectual property law to Indian and foreign clients. The Law Practice specializes in prosecution and litigation in patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs, geographical indications and plant variety protection. The Team specialize in life sciences, pharma, electronics and telecommunications.

Additionally we also provide advice on licensing & technology transfer, protection of trade secrets and biodiversity related issues, IP Audits and carry out competitive intelligence.

The SKS team has provided Legal Analysis to the World Health Organization on International Health Regulations, Biodiversity, Patents, PVP and Traditional Knowledge for the World Health Organization.

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is dedicated exclusively to the protection, transfer, and enforcement of IP rights. The firm’s integrated practice helps clients develop IP strategy and freedom-to-operate; prepare and prosecute patents and trademarks globally; and defend and enforce patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the US Supreme Court, and all forums in between.

Our team of attorneys, patent agents, students and technical specialists includes some of the most respected practitioners of IP law. Most of our professionals hold advanced level degrees, including more than 50 with master’s degrees and more than 55 with a doctorate in science or engineering.

Gowling WLG
With more than 1,400 legal professionals in 19 cities across the UK, Canada, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Gowling WLG provides clients with top-tier legal advice at home and abroad in a range of areas. Our clients have access to in-depth expertise and experience in key global sectors including advanced manufacturing, life sciences, energy, financial services, infrastructure, natural resources, real estate and tech. We see the world through our clients’ eyes, and collaborate across countries, offices, service areas and sectors to help them succeed, no matter how challenging the circumstances. Our culture is, above all, about people and teams.

Hogan Lovells
Our team of life sciences IP lawyers are part of Hogan Lovells’ global network which includes more than 500 life sciences and healthcare lawyers. We work closely with you and each other to tackle tough issues and difficult-to-enter markets—no matter where you are today or want to be tomorrow. We combine a global outlook with local knowledge across the life cycle of IP assets: from development to commercialisation, and licensing through to maturity. We don’t only defend, we help you create and grow. Whether you operate in a traditional life sciences industry or are part of a new generation at the intersection of industries, we are the team for you.

Bird & Bird
Recognised across the major global directories as a top tier firm for life sciences and healthcare expertise, Bird & Bird is the go-to international law firm for over 50% of the world’s largest pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. We guide our clients through every aspect of the life cycle of innovative healthcare products and services. With more than 240 lawyers globally and a wealth of first-hand experience from working in industry and regulatory bodies, clients choose us as their strategic partner to guide them through some of their most complex legal challenges.