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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Bereskin & Parr LLP is a leading Canadian full-service IP law firm serving clients across all industries around the world. Founded in 1965, the firm has grown to be one of the largest IP firms in Canada, with offices located in major economic and technology centres. Bereskin & Parr is made up of more than 70 lawyers and patent and trademark agents, many of whom are recognised as leading practitioners in their specialised fields. The firm has established a depth of legal talent and systems to service clients in every aspect of patent, trademark and copyright law and IP litigation. The firm and its award-winning professionals are consistently ranked as the benchmark for IP ...
Potter Clarkson LLP
Stephen McNeeney studied chemistry at the University of Manchester, where he later obtained a PhD in organic chemistry. He specialises in pharmaceutical industry-related inventions – in particular, obtaining and defending patents in the areas of medicinal chemistry, new pharmaceutical formulations and new medical uses. Before joining Potter Clarkson LLP, Dr McNeeney worked in the research department of a large UK chemical company, before joining the patent department of an international pharmaceutical company. Dr McNeeney is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and a European patent attorney. He joined Potter Clarkson in 1996 and became a ...
Hong Kong may be Asia’s premier financial hub, but hitherto it has lacked a reputation for innovation and invention. However, government proposals announced in 2015 suggest a willingness to remedy this state of affairs; an original grant scheme will be introduced for applicants and the examination system for short-term patents will be overhauled. It is hoped that the changes will revitalise the creative economy of the Special Administrative Region. Though mainland players continue to extend their influence in the city, international Western outfits still enjoy most of the business; but only time will tell how these trends play out.
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