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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

Inspicos A/S

Inspicos is a firm of European patent attorneys based in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark. The firm – which has a total staff of 30, including 14 qualified attorneys – is consistently ranked as a top-tier patent prosecution firm. The average seniority among the firm’s attorneys is about 20 years, with several partners and associates having held positions as IP rights directors in renowned industry corporations. The attorneys of Inspicos represent clients before all instances of the European Patent Office (EPO), including the Examining and Opposition Divisions, as well as the Boards of Appeal. The firm’s senior attorneys have extensive experience in domestic ... View full profile »

Featured lawyer

Rinaldo Ferreccio

Rinaldo Ferreccio

Partner - Botti & Ferrari Srl

Rinaldo Ferreccio is a partner of Botti & Ferrari Srl, a specialist IP law firm based in Milan. Dr Ferreccio has a degree in medicinal chemistry and a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences, both from the University of Genoa. He is a qualified European patent attorney and a qualified industrial property counsel (Italian patent and trademark attorney). He is also admitted to practise as a trademark attorney before the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market and is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Italy. He holds a diploma in patent litigation in Europe from the University of Strasbourg.Before joining Botti & Ferrari as a ... View full biography »

Featured country

United States - National

United States - National

Perhaps the single biggest talking point on the US market over the past year has been the seismic shift in the area of validity challenges that has resulted from the new inter partes and covered business method review proceedings introduced by the America Invents Act. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has since become the busiest tribunal in the land for determining validity challenges. Given the strategic opportunities that these new tools present, those practitioners with the most nuanced grasp of the subtleties of post-issuance examination now find themselves in hot demand. The IAM Patent 1000 identifies the 40 leading individuals in this emerging field.By all ... View full rankings »