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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.

Aon Intellectual Property Solutions

Aon’s Intellectual Property Solutions team helps clients protect and maximize their most valuable assets in today’s business world – their intellectual property. Aon combines industry and geographic intellectual property experts and proprietary analytic tools to support intellectual property strategy, valuation, and risk across a client’s business. We go beyond looking at the legal frameworks to align current and future intellectual property assets with a business’s overarching strategy.  Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement, and health solutions. Our 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance.



AWA is a leading intellectual property firm with 19 offices across Europe and Asia in Belgium, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. We provide clients with strategic advice and durable solutions to secure innovations, protect brands, and develop solid intellectual property portfolios.  AWA’s full-service offering includes prosecution, dispute litigation, aftermarket services, legal advice, strategy, and commercialization. Our IP professionals are experts in patents, trademarks, designs, copyright, and domain names – all as passionate about your inventions and brands as you are.  AWA was founded in 1897 by the Swedish engineer Anders Wilhelm Anderson. His initials form our company name and remind us of our proud history and the experience we bring to all our clients.

Morningside IP

Morningside IP is a recognized leader in global patent filing and one of the largest intellectual property translation companies in the world. With a single instruction, Morningside can prepare high-quality patent translations and file applications in over 150 jurisdictions. Find out why over 1/3 of the Top 100 PCT filers in North America rely on Morningside for their patent translation & foreign filing needs.



CAS is a global organization of expert scientists, technologists, and business leaders with a successful and extended history of delivering scientific information opportunities. A division of the American Chemical Society, CAS specializes in scientific information solutions. We employ hundreds of scientists who analyze the literature to extract, organize, and connect the valuable details within. Spanning countless disciplines and speaking over 50 languages, our science team has amassed a wealth of knowledge that they use to uncover insights, identify trends, and provide expertise. Whether you are trying to advance your research, repurpose existing technology, or make strategic investment decisions, CAS can help you get there faster while minimizing risk.  From our market-leading products, like SciFindern and STN®, to solutions tailored to your specific needs, we are ready to partner with you.


Clarivate is a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation. We offer subscription and technology-based solutions coupled with deep domain expertise that cover the entire lifecycle of innovation – from foundational research and ideas to protection and commercialization. Today, we’re setting a trail-blazing course to help customers turn bold ideas into life-changing inventions. Our portfolio consists of some of the world’s most trusted information brands, including the Web of Science™, Cortellis™, Derwent™, CompuMark™, MarkMonitor™ and Techstreet™.

Enhance Product Development

Enhance Logo on BlueEnhance Product Development is a product design firm offering a full suite of services for inventors, entrepreneurs, and start-ups.  Enhance’s core competency is in industrial design, engineering, and prototyping, marketing, and licensing.  Their innovative team has the creative vision and knowhow that is the difference that makes the difference.  From complicated multi-phased projects to simple product concepts, their extensive background and capabilities create an environment where products flourish and achieve their potential. Having been involved in licensing for over a decade, Enhance has extensive experience with what licensees are looking for and have developed their design packages and method of establishing a licensing deal with one goal in mind: attracting a company to take your invention and pay you a royalty.


IP.com is a team of inventors, lawyers, data scientists, engineers, patent examiners, and data analysts, driven to help you bring new ideas to market faster. IP.com delivers the most comprehensive and intuitive tools for IP discovery, enabling efficient and unbiased investment decisions that add bottom-line value.

LexisNexis IP

LexisNexis IP (formerly Reed Tech), A LexisNexis Company, has withstood the test of time, adapting to the latest technology and meeting the needs of its customers for nearly 50 years. As part of the LexisNexis® family, Reed Tech serves its clients in the public and private sectors with the expertise and capacity required in the technology-focused fields of content management and Intellectual Property services.

Reed Tech offers a robust suite of services for all facets of information capture, transformation, management and distribution, including large volumes of technical documents, offering products and services that include Intellectual Property Solutions, Life Sciences, Website, and Social Media Archiving and Content Managing Services (CMS). With continued work for organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration and the Patent & Trademark Office, Reed Tech is a recognized leader in content management services.

Practicing Law Institute

Practising Law Institute is a non-profit continuing legal education organization chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, founded in 1933. PLI is dedicated to providing the legal community and allied professionals with the most up-to-date, relevant information and techniques which are critical to the development of a professional, competitive edge.

The PLI Patent Bar Review Course is the Nation’s #1 Patent Bar Review and is geared to one thing and one thing only – ensuring you pass the PTO Exam! All course materials are 100% Exam-Focused and updated continually to all current USPTO rules tested on the Exam. Interactive testing software, Patware, leads the field in computer-based testing and closely tracks the computer-based Exam. MORE LIVE LOCATIONS than anyone else throughout the United States, and available in MORE HOMESTUDY FORMATS (CD-ROMs, DVDs & CDs).

Unified Patents

Unified Patents is a 200+ international membership organization that seeks to improve patent quality and deter unsubstantiated or invalid patent assertions in defined technology sectors (Zones) through its activities. Its actions are focused broadly in Zones with substantial assertions by Standards Essential Patents (SEP) holders and/or Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs). These actions may include analytics, prior art, invalidity contests, patentability analysis, administrative patent review (PTAB), amicus briefs, economic surveys, and essentiality studies. Unified works independently of its members to achieve its deterrence goals.  Unified uses the subscription fees collected for each Zone to provide a wide range of services. Unified conducts patent analytics and provides those analytics to subscribed members. Unified also monitors ownership data, secondary-market patent sales, demand letters, post-grant procedures, and litigation to track activity and risks in each Zone. Unified also files post-grant procedures against patents it believes are unpatentable or invalid.



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Acacia Research Corporation

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 its 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 unparalleled in its ability to identify, secure, analyze, and monetize intellectual property in a rapidly developing secondary market for patent assets.

Black Hills IP

Founded in 2011, Black Hills IP set out with the mission of empowering IP professionals with the most efficient support possible. Like others in our field, we found U.S. and international IP systems to be complex, error-prone, and time-consuming. IP attorneys all share one common goal: to promote innovation. So why not bring this same mindset into our own day-to-day operations? With growing workloads, fast-approaching deadlines, and limited funds, legal teams in corporations and law firms rarely have the time to rethink their critical back-office operations. We understand that. Our goal is to help our customers focus on the big picture while we team up to take care of the meticulous details in the background.

Carmichael IP

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.


Ericsson offers services, software, and infrastructure in information and communications technology for telecommunications operators, traditional telecommunications and Internet Protocol (IP) networking equipment, mobile and fixed broadband, operations and business support services, cable television, IPTV, video systems, and an extensive services operation.  Founded in 1876, Ericsson is now 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.  Ericsson is a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – by providing hardware, software, and services to enable the full value of connectivity.

Foresight Valuation Group

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.


Fortress Investment Group

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 its affiliate offices around the globe.

Gray Reed

Gray Reeda 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 the valuation of corporate IP portfolios

Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan

Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan is an intellectual property litigation firm dedicated to helping its clients monetize and navigate complex legal issues arising from intellectual property. Formed in 2015 by four seasoned trial attorneys with many years of successfully representing multi-national corporations, emerging technology companies, start-ups and inventors on both sides of the “v” in lawsuits and transactions, we have worked on some of the largest, highest-profile and most thought-provoking intellectual property cases of our time. Intensely focused on winning cases for our clients, large or small, we have been trailblazers during the past 20 years in alternative fee arrangements for both plaintiffs and defendants so that we are rewarded based on the result, not the process.

Papst Licensing

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 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.

Patent Designs

Patent Designs is a patent drafting firm offering utility, design, trade dress, and trademark drawing services. We offer much more than your average patent drafting company, with a dedicated team of Coordinators, Drafters, and Checkers, we pride ourselves on producing the highest quality product that complies with rigorous internal standards, as well as those established by the USPTO.  Patent Designs has been operating as a drafting service in the IP industry for over 25 years. We are a well organized and well-trained team that is committed to quick turnarounds, paying close attention to detail, and providing exceptional customer service. Patent Designs is also continually searching for and adding team members who specialize in graphic arts, technical illustration, and CAD drafting. This enables us to provide our clients with an extensive variety of drafting services.

PCT Learning Center

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.

Shook Hardy Bacon

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.


Soryn IP Group

Soryn IP Group, LLC is a patent advisory and litigation finance firm dedicated to building value at every stage of the patent lifecycle. Through a unique combination of business, legal, and financial acumen, we manage, monetize, and finance the intellectual property of clients ranging from universities to billion-dollar corporations. In response to today’s patent market dynamics, our team provides a host of patent-centric services to innovation-intensive entities in all technology areas. A testament to our expertise, the Soryn advisory client roster includes Fortune 20 companies, elite universities, and award-winning technology companies in a host of fields, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Sterne Kessler

Sterne Kessler is an intellectual property specialty firm dedicated exclusively to the protection, transfer, and enforcement of IP rights for our clients. Our 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.


SUGIMURA & Partners

Sugimura partnersSUGIMURA & 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 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.


Tangible IP

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.


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 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. TechInsights provides a range of specialized services and products through two integrated divisions: IP Services and Technology Intelligence.  For over 30 years, TechInsights has been publishing technology analysis, enabling its customers to advance their intellectual property strategies. Their library of reports is the world’s largest database of reverse engineering analysis on semiconductor and consumer products.