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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

Destek Patent Inc

Destek Patent has been Turkey’s leader in IP management and protection since 1995, and has received the following accolades:• Turkey’s top-ranked IP firm for more than 15 consecutive years, according to official patent and trademark filing and registration statistics from the Turkish Patent Institute;• among the world’s top 10 IP firms for the past five years, according to the international trademark filing statistics issued by the World Trademark Review 1000 and Markenfacts; and• Turkish start-up legal and IP advisory firm of the year, according to the ACQ Global Awards 2013.Destek Patent has the largest IP team (four partners, five associates, ... View full profile »

Featured lawyer

R Danny Huntington

R Danny Huntington

Partner - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC

R Danny Huntington began his career as a chemist at the Gillette Research Institute. Shortly after joining the institute, he became the patent liaison to outside patent counsel and later to in-house attorneys at parent company The Gillette Company. Finding the interface between technology and patent law fascinating, after earning his law degree he joined the patent staff of The Gillette Company, where he continued to represent the institute.After entering private practice in Boston, he wrote and prosecuted some of the earliest-filed biotechnology patent applications. He was also involved in district court litigation and patent interferences, the latter primarily in the field of ... View full biography »

Featured country

Scotland

Scotland

With Scotland’s oil and gas and life sciences sectors both flourishing, it is a busy time for the country’s top lawyers and patent attorneys. Few IP conflicts wind their way to court, so many of the lawyers featured on the accompanying tables focus their efforts in the commercialisation space. As in many European jurisdictions, discussions abound in this market regarding the potential changes that the unified patent system will bring. However, Scotland must debate this issue with the added complication of uncertainty over its sovereign status, as a referendum on independence looms large on the horizon. View full rankings »