Sponsors and partners 

Aon Intellectual Property Solutions


Aon Intellectual Property Solutions helps clients protect and create value for their most valuable asset in today’s business world – their intellectual property. Aon brings the best minds and strongest analytical tools to provide a comprehensive approach to IP strategy, valuation, and risk management across a client’s intellectual property portfolio. We go beyond the legal frameworks to connect intellectual property to a business’ overarching strategy. To learn more, please visit www.aon.com/intellectualproperty.

Astellas Pharma


Astellas Pharma US, Inc., is a U.S. affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Located in Northbrook, Illinois, the company serves as the headquarters for the U.S. and employs nearly 1,200 people. Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. Our commitment to changing tomorrow is measured not only by our focus on bringing innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians, but also by the importance we place on the impact we can make within the communities where we work and live. Astellas supports many causes and has created Changing Tomorrow Day, an annual, worldwide volunteer event, to demonstrate this commitment.


Copyright Alliance

The Copyright Alliance is the unified voice of the copyright community, representing the interests of thousands of individuals and organizations across the spectrum of copyright disciplines.The Copyright Alliance represents the interests of authors, photographers, performers, artists, software developers, musicians, journalists, directors, songwriters, game designers and many other individual creators. It also represents the interests of book publishers, motion picture studios, software companies, music publishers, sound recording companies, sports leagues, broadcasters, guilds, unions, newspaper and magazine publishers, and many more organizations. The Alliance is dedicated to advocating policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright, and to protecting the rights of creators and innovators. https://copyrightalliance.org/

The Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy


The Center for of Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy at George Mason’s Antonin Scalia Law School is dedicated to the scholarly analysis of intellectual property rights and the technological, commercial, and creative innovation they facilitate. CPIP explores how stable and effective property rights in innovation and creativity can foster successful and flourishing individual lives and national economies. CPIP brings together scholars, industry leaders, inventors, creators, and policymakers to examine foundational questions and current controversies concerning patents, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. https://cpip.gmu.edu/

International Trademark Association

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association of brand owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property (IP) to foster consumer trust, economic growth, and innovation. Members include more than 7,200 trademark owners, professionals, and academics from 187 countries, who benefit from the Association’s global trademark resources, policy development, education and training, and international network. Founded in 1878, INTA is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington, D.C., and representatives in Geneva and New Delhi. For more information, visit 


IP CloseUp


IP CloseUp is a leading source of insight for people who need to keep up with intellectual property trends. Readers turn to IP CloseUp for free weekly updates on news and perspective about issues affecting patents, trademarks and copyrights. Coverage includes information, data, events and the people that drive them. Readership includes executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, investors, journalists and creators. Regular features cover transactions and disputes. IP CloseUp, a Feedspot “top-50” blog, is read in more than 60 countries and has generated over 280,000 visits over the past four years. www.ipcloseup.com; @ipcloseup



IPwe is the first platform for blockchain-enabled IP transactions. IPwe combines the complexity of IP with the intelligence of AI and Blockchain to bring better information and more transparency to the patent space. The IPwe Platform is multi-sided and functions as a marketplace serving the innovation ecosystem, where information and analytics can be obtained without charge and IP transactions can be completed at the lowest possible cost. IPwe is committed to improving innovation ROI whether measured by dollar returns, jobs created, ventures launched, or problems solved by increasing transparency, lowering costs, and enhancing returns for the benefit of the entire innovation ecosystem. https://ipwe.com/

Institute for Business Innovation (IBI) 


The mission of the Institute for Business Innovation is to disseminate pioneering research on innovation, train students to be inventive and entrepreneurial leaders, and facilitate innovation in the start-up and corporate domains. Through conferences, forums, roundtables, and scholarly journals, we gather to examine the processes and capabilities essential for successful innovation. Among its activities the Institute and its Centers organize academic conferences and seminars that examine new and old paradigms in open innovation, entrepreneurship, business analytics, and dynamic capabilities. Centers and programs include the Tusher Initiative for the Management of Intellectual Capital and the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation. For more information, please visit www.haas.berkeley.edu/ibi/

The Michelson Institute of Intellectual Property

The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property (MIIP) is the #1 IP educational partner for colleges, universities and entrepreneurial support organizations. In addition to its comprehensive, no-cost collection of IP educational offerings, MIIP’s emerging IP Ambassador Program creates notable opportunities for IP professionals to network support aspiring business owners, inventors and students. Learn more about becoming an Ambassador and about other opportunities with the Institute by visiting our website. http://michelsonip.com/

Kellogg School of Management

The Center for Research in Technology & Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management was founded by McCormick Tribune Professor of Technology Mohanbir Sawhney in June 2001. CRTI plays a pivotal role in understanding, solving and forecasting the most pressing issues that innovators in business will face today and tomorrow. At the point where business issues and academic endeavor intersect, CRTI leadership, faculty and staff apply their experience and expertise in marketing, invention, engineering, strategy and law to address management’s toughest challenges, offering a synthesis of perspectives through their research, teaching and collaborative endeavors. http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/research/crti/about-crti.aspx 

Open Invention Network


Open Invention Network With more than 2,000 participants, Open Invention Network (OIN) is the largest patent non-aggression community in history and supports freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software. OIN acquires patents and licenses them royalty free to its community members which, in turn, agree not to assert their own patents against Linux and Linux-related systems and applications.


Tusher Center for the Management of Intellectual Capital

The Tusher Center for the Management of Intellectual Capital, a part of UC Berkeley’s Walter A. Haas School of Business, engages in research, teaching, and outreach on management and policy issues involving intangible assets and firm competitiveness. The intangible assets under study include:  intellectual property, know-how, relational capital, brands, and corporate culture. http://businessinnovation.berkeley.edu/intellectual-capital/tusher-center/

US Inventor


US Inventor (USI) is non-profit organization that represents more than 13,000 inventors and small-business owners across America. Many of the organization’s members own patents and other intellectual property. US Inventor goes to Washington DC and around the US to provide up-to-date information on current legislative efforts for and against inventors, and advocates for strong patent protection. USI promotes and defends the invention process and business methods involved in developing an idea, making a profit, and changing lives. https://www.usinventor.org/ 

4iP Council


4ip is a European research council dedicated to developing high quality academic insight and empirical evidence on topics related to intellectual property and innovation. We work with academia, policy makers, regulators, business stakeholders of all sizes, educators and students to facilitate a deeper understanding of the invention process and of technology investment decision-making. 4iP Council was established in February 2013 and is a non-profit organization. https://www.4ipcouncil.com/