Conference Sponsors

Appleyard Lees

Appleyard Lees is a leading intellectual property law firm, with over fifty patent and trademark attorneys and litigators.

Who we are, and what we do – but also, how we do it – makes us distinctive.

We bring broad sector and industry knowledge. Our clients benefit from our professionals’ deep insights into their businesses, operations and objectives.

Our team offers a full spectrum of IP services, including initial strategy and scoping, prosecution, and support should post-grant issues arise. Our commercially intelligent approach to service delivery, incorporates flexibility and adaptability. We strive to be agile, to respond to specific client requirements in a way that suits them.

Working with some of the world’s most exciting innovators, largest companies and household names, the firm supports a broad range of IP owners and creators, including in-house teams, R&D specialists, owner-managers and branding professionals.

Browne Jacobson

Private and public sector legal experts, offering clear opinions and straightforward legal advice, whenever and wherever you need it – locally, nationally and internationally. Complex problems – understood, explained and resolved by a single team, across five offices nationally, working together in long term partnership with you – a genuinely different approach. Exceptional service, every time, from experts you trust and costs that reflect what you value in a law firm, not the things you don’t. A place where people want to work and a business actively engaged with our communities and the environment.

Sometimes you just need a lawyer, but you’ll want to do business with us.

Bureau Van Dijk

Orbis Intellectual Property links global patent data to companies and corporate groups in a way that’s never been done before.

With information on around 300 million companies worldwide, we are the resource for private company data. We’ve linked 115 million patents to that company information to give you extensive patent portfolios for a company and its corporate group. It’s a comprehensive solution for intellectual property management and research strategy, saving you time and helping you make faster, better decisions.


Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises.

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

Welcome Reception Sponsor
Haseltine Lake Kempner, a leading Intellectual Property (IP) firm, provides a full suite of IP services advising across the entire IPR Lifespan™ and in all technical and scientific disciplines. With offices in London, Munich, Bristol, Leeds, Glasgow, The Netherlands and Guangzhou (China), Haseltine Lake Kempner has built a strong international reputation for top quality advice across the globe. The firm has been helping universities and their technology transfer arms with their IP challenges for decades, securing their innovations across a range of technologies. Haseltine Lake Kempner is proud to continue its support of the largest event in the KEC sector, the annual PraxisAuril conference.


Inteum is the industry-leading technology transfer software solution for TTO’s that wish to more effectively manage their Intellectual Property and licensing. Since 2005, Inteum has been supporting technology transfer professionals in the early stages of their careers with industry conference scholarships. Inteum CEO, Rob Sloman began the tradition of offering scholarships, inspired by the principle of “paying it forward”. Many scholarship recipients have gone on to develop exciting careers in technology transfer.

IP Pragmatics

IP Pragmatics is a management consultancy specialising in scientific technologies and intellectual property (IP). The company is headquartered in London with offices in Scotland and Australia. We also have strategic partners in Japan and North America. Our IP value creation services include: IP auditing and valuation; market research and analysis; business development and licensing, and patent landscaping analysis.  We also provide a high value patent and trade mark annuity payment services through our strategic partner IPRIS.  We work broadly across many technology sectors and have particular expertise in the following areas: IP Analytics, Human Health, Animal Health, Agritech, Food & Nutrition, Life Science Research and Cleantech.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

IPO is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, supported by 1 public body.


Winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade again in 2015, Minesoft has fast become an established leader in the field of Patent Information, working with academic institutions, industrial corporations, patent attorney firms and patent authorities around the world. Minesoft’s flagship product PatBase enables users to protect their designs by checking novelty against existing patents and to solve technical dilemmas by studying patent texts, patent drawings and non-patent literature. Speed up your research with patent data from over 100 countries to find partnerships, investment and commercialisation opportunities. Access and understand the most up-to-date scientific research, new ideas and competitor information contained in patent documents. Discover the most comprehensive global patent citation database available, Citation Explorer, ideal for unearthing new players or technologies and identifying potential licensees – fully included in all PatBase subscriptions. Effortlessly visualize the landscape with newly launched PatBase Analytics V2: gain actionable competitive intelligence, pinpoint licensing opportunities and discover the white spaces in areas of interest. Visit the Minesoft stand for more information and a demonstration!


We are one of Europe’s leading suppliers of packaged and bespoke software for IP management, with customers in the UK, Europe, Australasia, and North America. Our customers are universities, research institutions, government departments and companies of all sizes including start-ups.

National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) is an independent and not-for-profit membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports university-business collaboration across the UK.

The National Centre's Council, drawn from senior business leaders and Vice-Chancellors from our member organisations, review and make recommendations on the UK’s long-term skills, graduate talent and innovation needs, deliver collaborative thinking on the big issues of sustainable growth and industrial strategy, and strengthen understanding with government and policy-makers through high level networking.

At the National Centre for Universities and Business, we deliver digital platforms for innovation brokerage and work experience, research and analysis feeding into every major review of business-university collaboration andchange programmes mapping out clear and practical solutions for both sectors and regional economies.

National Institute for Health Research

We are the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provide the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive. Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, we deliver and enable world-class research that transforms people's lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.

We are primarily funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, but also receive UK Aid funding to support research for people in low- and middle-income countries.


Conference App Sponsor
Oxentia works in partnership with individuals and teams to build capacity, develop capability and create opportunities to enable innovation. We help bring new ideas to life.

Oxentia started life as an operating division of Oxford University Innovation, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford. Our roots are in Oxford, but our outlook is global – since 2004 we have supported and empowered clients all over the world, furthering the objectives of their innovation, entrepreneurship and technology commercialisation programmes.

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RWS is the world leader in translation and localization and, intellectual property support solutions. For more than 60 years, we have led the industry and helped more than 10,000 clients protect their IP and enforce their rights around the world. With staff of over 2400 and offices in Europe, North and South America and APAC, RWS serves clients worldwide. Learn more at

UK Research and Innovation

Knowledge Exchange Awards Sponsor
Big challenges demand big thinkers – those who can unlock the answers and further our understanding of the important issues of our time. Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment and the cultural impact of the arts and humanities. In all of these areas, our role is to bring together the people who can innovate and change the world for the better. We work with the government to invest over £7 billion a year in research and innovation by partnering with academia and industry to make the impossible, possible. Through the UK’s nine leading academic and industrial funding councils, we create knowledge with impact.


Viadynamics is an innovation and venturing agency. For the last 20 years we have specialised in solving innovation dilemmas for big business, SME’s, start-ups, universities and the third sector. We have worked with over 20 universities in the UK and Europe who are seeking to maximise their knowledge exchange capabilities and impact. We have worked on everything from Knowledge Exchange Strategies to Enterprise Fellowship Programmes and multi-disciplinary, cross sector ecosystems – as well as student and staff entrepreneurship training.

We bring knowledge and experience of the barriers and enablers to innovation and entrepreneurship from each of these sectors to bear on the challenges we address with University partners.

Withers & Rogers

Gala Dinner Drinks sponsor
Withers & Rogers is one of Europe’s largest dedicated intellectual property law firms, with offices across the UK and Munich. Established more than 130 years ago, we remain as passionate as ever about making intellectual property work to our clients’ best advantage. Today, our clients include many renowned, innovative organisations from across Europe, North America and Asia.

Withers & Rogers has a breadth and depth of experience and expertise that we believe is second to none. In addition to our practice groups, we have a number of specialist groups, enabling us to pool our industry knowledge and bring added value for our clients.


Worktribe is the ultimate cloud-based software platform for higher education research and curriculum management.

Simply everything you need in one place.


Ximbio is the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to life science research reagents of all kinds including antibodies, cell lines, mouse models and small molecules. Scientists can exchange knowledge and maximise commercial opportunities for research reagents they have created. Our mission is to make these novel reagents easily available to scientists to accelerate life science research.

These reagents are the cornerstones of basic scientific research that scientists can use to test their hypotheses, validate their ideas or develop new concepts. Ximbio provides a service for inventors, suppliers and users of novel reagents which contributes to our primary mission of advancing scientific research.