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Welcome to the online home of the IAM Patent 1000 2013

Welcome to IAM Patent 1000 2013 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, the second edition of the world’s most extensive guide to leading private practice patent professionals and firms in the world’s key jurisdictions. To the best of our knowledge, the IAM Patent 1000 is the only one-stop-shop guide solely dedicated to listing, and writing about, best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners on a global basis. As a result, it has already become recognised as a leading source of information for those looking to identify market-leading patent expertise at both the individual and firm level.

Patent-based deals and major disputes continue to attract widespread attention; while in the United States, the roll-out of the America Invents Act is having a significant impact on how rights owners manage their portfolios. In Europe, too, change is in the air, with the prospect of a unitary patent court and a single patent right covering much of the European Union now a distinct possibility. In various other parts of the world, patent law and practice are moving ever closer to the heart of the corporate agenda. All around the globe, it seems that policy makers, companies, investors and financial markets have realised that patents are highly valuable business assets whose creation, management, protection and exploitation can boost revenues, build profits and drive economies. 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 has never been more important. This is where the IAM Patent 1000 comes in.

Over a period of five months, a dedicated, six-person 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 patent work will do – whether that be in terms of procurement, transactions or disputes. The firms and individuals listed on the following pages are the result of this research.

All those named in the IAM Patent 1000 are there because we received substantial positive feedback about them. While we cannot claim to have captured every top name in every country that we cover, we can say with some confidence that we have included the vast majority. And we are certain that everybody who is listed deserves to be there. A full methodology detailing how the research was conducted, as well as the subsequent decision-making process about whom to include, can be found on here.

In addition to the editorial on leading practitioners and firms, you will find directories at the end of each country section (regional sections for the United States) in which biographical details of some of the individuals mentioned are featured. Towards the end of the publication, another directory provides further information about some of the firms which are listed. All of those 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
Intellectual Asset Management

Featured firm

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Intellectual property is regarded as one of Edwards Wildman’s greatest strengths. Businesses and individuals throughout the world seek the help and counsel of our 120 IP attorneys for complex prosecution, sophisticated transactions and difficult litigation involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and licensing. Our heritage extends over 150 years, and currently the attorneys of Edwards Wildman represent IP clients in the United States and abroad, including many in Europe, Japan, Korea and elsewhere in Asia. Because of our depth in key sciences and our focus on intellectual property, we have earned a reputation for delivering practical, cost-effective, ... View full profile »

Featured lawyer

Svetlana Stadler

Svetlana Stadler

Reinhold Cohn Group

Svetlana Stadler has many years of extensive experience in the field of patents and other IP fields. She manages the physics department of Reinhold Cohn Group, which includes patent attorneys, trainees, paralegals and assistant staff.In the course of her professional career, Ms Stadler has assisted entrepreneurs, investors and companies in dealing with patent matters and building up their IP strategy. She is involved in drafting and prosecuting patent applications worldwide, managing IP portfolios and handling IP due diligence procedures. Among her clients are multinational and Israeli corporations, large companies, start-ups, entrepreneurs, IP companies of higher education ... View full biography »

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Romania’s patent market remains compact, with relatively low volumes of both litigation and domestic filings. Those matters which do reach the courtroom typically centre on pharmaceutical products, with battles over supplementary protection certificates some of the most fiercely fought conflicts of recent years. As the specialised judiciary gradually becomes more familiar with patent issues, practitioners in the jurisdiction predict that proceedings will become faster and more efficient. The field is dominated by a mixture of Bucharest-based full-service and boutique firms; while patent attorneys and attorneys at law have traditionally practised separately, some groups are ... View full rankings »