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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

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn believes that the most meaningful accolade that a law practice can earn is the confidence of its clients. That is why we are particularly honoured that Winston was recently named a 2013 Go-To Law Firm for intellectual property by clients Cisco Systems, Dell, Motorola Mobility and Verizon. This annual survey, conducted by American Lawyer Media, collects data from general counsel at each of the top 500 companies about the ‘go-to’ firms which they hire as outside counsel.More broadly, we take special pride in the fact that our clients have put the firm’s patent litigation team among the top groups in Corporates annual survey of the most ... View full profile »

Featured lawyer

J Steven Baughman

J Steven Baughman

Partner - Ropes & Gray LLP

Steve Baughman is an IP partner in Ropes & Gray’s Washington DC office, where he recently returned after three years in Japan opening the firm’s Tokyo office. For more than 20 years, Mr Baughman has worked with leading international companies to resolve their IP and technology-focused commercial disputes and presented in trial and appellate courts, domestic and international arbitration tribunals, and the International Trade Commission.Mr Baughman coordinates the firm’s post-grant patent office invalidity challenge practice and, in connection with infringement disputes and litigation, represents and advises clients on the new post-grant mechanisms created by ... View full biography »

Featured country

Netherlands

Netherlands

The Dutch economy remains in vigorous health and the patent scene is likewise flourishing. The smartphone wars which stole the limelight in recent years rumble on into 2014, although they have lost some of their urgency. The Solvay-Honeywell decision on cross-border injunctions looms large in the collective conscious, and its far-reaching effects continue to make the Netherlands a popular forum for litigation. Local practitioners seem to have lost some of their reservations about the Unitary Patent Court – not least due to their linguistic capabilities, which position them well to take advantage of a system in which entities can file in any number of European languages. Some ... View full rankings »