Welcome to the IAM Patent 1000 2016 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, the fifth edition of Intellectual Asset Management’s market-leading guide that identifies and profiles leading private practice patent professionals and firms in the world’s key jurisdictions.Read more
The IAM Patent 1000 is unique in being a one-stop resource that focuses exclusively on naming best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners on a global basis, as well as expert witnesses in the United States. For five months, a dedicated research team working out of our offices in London and Hong Kong conducted detailed interviews with thousands of private practice lawyers and attorneys based in dozens of countries, as well as the users of their services, in order to identify the practitioners and practices that are considered to excel at providing patent-related legal services. In the United States, we also asked interviewees to name the expert witnesses they turn to 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 listed fully deserves the recognition. For a detailed methodology that explains the research process, as well as how the research team decides who should finally be listed, please click here.
In addition to the listings and editorial, there is further biographical information on some of the individuals featured at the end of each country section, and on some of the selected firms at the end of each regional chapter. All those selected for inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 are offered the opportunity to publish this information for a fee – some opt to do so, while others do not. Either way, it has no effect on listing or ranking decisions. The research was conducted entirely independently of any commercial considerations.
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At Lee & Hayes pllc (L&H) we believe that intellectual property is so important to business that we have put it at the centre of ours. We describe this as ‘The Business of IP®’; we place intellectual property at the core of business decisions for clients and surround it with corporate/security, litigation and advisory services. Our pioneering IP analytics group 601WEST offers market intelligence and analytics to assess, build and commercialise business-relevant and valuable IP assets. This unique model gives L&H unparalleled insight when servicing clients – but do not just take our word for it: L&H has the highest number of IP strategists of any law firm ...
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Ejvind Christiansen is a European patent attorney and a senior partner with Zacco. His practice mainly covers Danish and international patent litigation, frequently involving infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate opinions; but his special expertise also involves European patent practice, including oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office (EPO), US patent practice, international patent strategy and restoration of rights in Denmark and at the EPO.Mr Christiansen holds an MSc in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and a BCom (organisation) from Copenhagen Business School.His technical experience lies mainly in pharmaceuticals, ...
Last year saw some significant developments on the contentious front: the Brussels Commercial Court was given exclusive jurisdiction to hear patent cases, while the statutory €11,000 cap on attorneys’ fees came under the microscope in a spat between Telenet and Rovi, which was referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). While the full implications remain to be seen, commentators are optimistic that these developments should make Belgium a more attractive jurisdiction in which to litigate (currently, relatively few patent infringement suits are brought before the Belgian courts). As established Dutch players make forays into the Belgian market, competition between ...
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