Welcome to IAM Patent 1000 2017 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, the sixth edition of IAM’s market-leading guide that identifies and profiles leading private practice patent professionals and firms in the world’s key jurisdictions, as well as expert witnesses in the United States.
This issue of the IAM Patent 1000 is the biggest ever and covers more jurisdictions in greater depth than any other publication available anywhere in the world. It is unique as a one-stop resource that focuses exclusively on naming best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners on a global basis, alongside US expert witnesses.
Over a five-month period, thousands of private practice lawyers and attorneys based in dozens of countries, as well as the users of their services, shared their thoughts on the market with our dedicated research team working out of offices in London and Hong Kong. These detailed, confidential interviews were a crucial part of the process to identify the practitioners and practices that are considered to excel at providing patent-related legal services. On top of this, in the United States we also asked interviewees to name the expert witnesses whom they turn to when they need world-class input on both damages and technical issues. In all cases the feedback we received was coupled with written submissions and additional investigations so that a full assessment of all potential candidates for inclusion could be made.
All those who make the final listings in the IAM Patent 1000 are included because we have received substantial positive feedback about them from multiple sources. We do not claim to have found every top name in every jurisdiction covered; but we are confident that the men and women included within these pages make up the vast majority, and that everybody named 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, you will find 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. Everyone selected for inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 is offered the opportunity to publish this information for a fee – some choose to do so, others do not. Either way, it has no effect on listing or ranking decisions; research is always conducted entirely independently of any commercial considerations.
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Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh is recognised as Canada’s largest firm practising exclusively in IP and technology law. The firm works directly with global and domestic organisations, and seamlessly as one team with associate firms, to help clients secure, protect and maximise the value of their inventions and IP investments in Canada. From five offices across Canada, the firm offers the full complement of IP services including strategic IP counselling, IP litigation, IP transactions support, licensing and patent and trademark agency services. It serves many of the world’s leading organisations representing the broad spectrum of industries. The firm’s focus on value includes ...
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Wei Dong specialises in the enforcement of patent and trademark rights in China and internationally, as well as the electrical and electronic engineering aspects of patent protection. Mr Dong is one of the most experienced and well-known patent litigators in China and has been involved in a number of precedent-setting patent lawsuits. He successfully helped a foreign company to obtain the first preliminary injunction against patent infringement defendants in China in 2004. He has extensive retrial experience. Mr Dong has represented numerous renowned domestic and international corporations, including those in the Fortune Global 500. These cases include more than 500 patent ...
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