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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

Valea AB

IP rights constitute key assets in many of today’s most successful companies. As well as raising issues of technology and law, IP rights and their ability to generate value form a natural part of companies’ business strategy.Valea works to establish, defend and commercialise IP assets such as patents, trademarks, designs and domain names. We also manage other legal aspects concerning intangible assets, such as providing legal advice in matters of copyright law, marketing law and IT law. Through long-term, close cooperation with several of Scandinavia and Europe’s most successful and strongly innovative companies, the services we offer are continuously developed ... View full profile »

Featured lawyer

Natalie Raffoul

Natalie Raffoul

Partner - Clancy PC + Brion Raffoul

Natalie Raffoul is a founding partner of Clancy PC + Brion Raffoul. She holds a degree in electrical engineering from Western University (London, Canada) and a JD in law from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada). She is also a registered Canadian patent agent.Ms Raffoul has particular expertise in the patenting of business methods and software, and the legal issues surrounding such subject matter. She has been invited to speak at the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) on such noteworthy cases as the Amazon decision issued by the Federal Court of Appeal, and her numerous publications include “The Patentability of Electromagnetic and Acoustic Signals in ... View full biography »

Featured country

Israel

Israel

Dubbed the ‘start-up nation’ by many, Israel is home to a flourishing technological innovation scene. A highly skilled workforce, comprising large numbers of trained engineers, and generous government investment in R&D are just two factors that have thrust the country’s knowledge economy to the fore. Against this backdrop, there is no shortage of patenting activity underway. With more examiners and better training for new recruits, the Israel Patent Office scores increasingly high marks for its efficiency. Patent infringement fights continue to keep the courts busy; the country plays host to frequent originator versus generic battles in the pharmaceutical ... View full rankings »