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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
Intellectual Asset Management

Featured firm

Wong Cabello Lutsch Rutherford and Brucculeri LLP

In today’s competitive world, a business’s long-term growth and success are affected by its intellectual assets and those of others. But protecting innovations and navigating with and around the rights of others have become increasingly complex.Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri, LLP is a boutique IP law firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. Our practice focuses on helping our clients to develop, protect, strategically manage and maximise the value of their intellectual property, as well as assess the relevance of third-party intellectual property to their business. We provide legal counsel for a broad range of issues involving patents, trademarks, ... View full profile »

Featured lawyer

Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson

Partner - Powell Gilbert LLP

Alex Wilson is a partner and founder member of Powell Gilbert LLP, a specialist IP law firm.Mr Wilson has an international practice, acting mainly in multi-jurisdictional IP matters. He regularly advises clients on Europe-wide patent enforcement and defensive strategies and coordinates their implementation.Mr Wilson’s background in the life sciences (BSc biochemistry) has put him in a good position to handle matters in the medical devices, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. He also has a wealth of experience of telecommunications and electronics disputes involving standardised and implementation technologies. His fluency in French and German has allowed him to spend ... View full biography »

Featured country



After 18 years of negotiations, Russia finally became a World Trade Organisation member in 2012. The move has improved market access for overseas investors – as reflected in an increase in foreign patent filings. Meanwhile, government efforts to stimulate home-grown innovation are beginning to pay dividends, and commentators report that the number of patents being filed by domestic entities is likewise on the rise. This spells good news for the market’s top prosecution practitioners. Litigators are also benefiting from market developments – most notably, the recent introduction of an IP court. With greater judicial specialisation and the prospect of improved ... View full rankings »