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Welcome to the online home of the IAM Patent 1000 2014

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the IAM Patent 1000 2014 The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, the third edition of our unique guide to leading private practice patent professionals and firms in 41 of the world’s key jurisdictions. To the best of our knowledge, the IAM Patent 1000 remains the only one-stop-shop guide exclusively dedicated to listing, and writing about, best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners on a global basis. In this edition, for the first time, we also take a look at expert witnesses, with a listing in the US section of the guide of leading individuals in this crucial area. All in all, therefore, what was already recognised as a vital source of information for those looking to identify market-leading patent expertise at both the individual and firm level has now become even more indispensable.  

Patents are now centre stage in a way that they have never been before. Whether it be major international litigations in the smartphone industry, portfolio purchases by social media businesses, the acquisition of companies in the pharmaceutical sector or the procurement of world-class software rights, incisive advice from lawyers and attorneys is now a must. The very best patent practitioners and firms combine in-depth knowledge of the legal process with the ability to understand the client’s business and what is at stake. They then use their insights to develop strategies tailored to the client which bring value far beyond the fees they charge. When playing for high stakes, such a skill-set is not a luxury; it is absolutely essential. Thus, the ability to locate the top individual practitioners, as well as attorney and law firms, which provide patent-related work to the highest standards is crucial. This is where the IAM Patent 1000 comes in.

Over a period of five months, a dedicated IAM research team based in London and Hong Kong conducted detailed interviews with hundreds of private practice lawyers and attorneys, as well as the users of their services, in countries across the world. The aim was to identify the practitioners and practices that companies turn to when only the best will do. In the United States, we also asked interviewees to name the expert witnesses they call on when they need world-class input on both damages and technical issues. The firms and individuals listed on the following pages are the results of that research.

All those listed in the IAM Patent 1000 are included because we received substantial positive feedback about them from multiple sources. We do not claim that we have managed to find every top name in every jurisdiction covered; but we are confident that we have included the vast majority, and that everybody who is named fully merits inclusion. A detailed methodology which explains the research process, as well as how our researchers decided who should finally be listed, can be found on page 3.

In addition to the editorial on leading practitioners and firms, you will find directories at the end of each country section (and the 18 regional sections and expert witness section in the United States), in which biographical details of some of the individuals listed are featured. Towards the end of certain sections, another directory also provides further information about some of the firms which are listed. All those who were selected for inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 were offered the opportunity to publish this information for a fee – some decided that they wished to, while others declined. Inclusion in the editorial is in no way linked to this: the research was conducted entirely independent of any commercial considerations.

Joff Wild
Editor
Intellectual Asset Management

Featured firm

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones is an internationally recognised Canadian law firm founded and focused on principles of professional excellence, integrity, respect and independent thought. Our firm’s leadership position is reflected in the law we practise, the groundbreaking work we do, the client relationships we have and the quality of our people.Bennett Jones is home to more than 380 lawyers and business advisers in eight offices – Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Doha, Dubai, Washington DC and Beijing. Our professional practice encompasses virtually every sector of business, industry and government. Operating as an integrated unit across our geographic locations, our business ... View full profile »

Featured lawyer

Roger Staub

Roger Staub

Partner - Froriep

Roger Staub is a leading IP lawyer, experienced in all aspects of IP and IT law, both contentious and non-contentious. He is the head of Froriep’s IP and technology group in Zurich.Mr Staub has been a partner at the firm’s Zurich office since 2004. He advises domestic and international clients in a wide range of industries, including luxury goods, food, pharmaceuticals, fashion, medical devices and financial services. Mr Staub’s contentious work includes court litigation and complex international arbitrations. He regularly assists clients in high-profile contract negotiations.Chambers Europe regularly ranks Mr Staub as a leader in the field of intellectual ... View full biography »

Featured country

Italy

Italy

Since 2010 there has been a welcome shift on the Italian market, as the role of the more traditional professor-led boutique firms has diminished. International general practice outfits – including Bird & Bird and Hogan Lovells – and modern spin-offs such as Martini Manna are really flourishing; typically regarded as more commercial in their approach, these ensembles are best placed to handle the needs of enterprises protecting and enforcing cutting-edge technologies domestically and internationally. Italy was overlooked in the selection of venues for the new Unitary Patent Court, with seats instead being awarded to France, Germany, Luxembourg and the UK. View full rankings »