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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In today’s world, the digital market is expanding, global competition is fierce, international trade agreements are increasing market harmonisation and international market profits are dispersed based on regional sectors. In addition, legal reforms in Mexico are having a major impact on the country’s internal market and economy. Electronic media is becoming the preferred tool for work and communication, technology is evolving quickly and the artificial intelligence era is moving forward. The protection and appropriation of ideas through the corresponding IP rights play a critical role in the growth and performance of businesses now more than ever. Becerril, Coca & Becerril ...
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Peter Ekwall joined Zacco in 1999. He is an authorised Swedish and European patent attorney working primarily with patent prosecution, strategy counselling and infringement cases. He was project manager for Albihns’ business development in Sweden in 2009. Until May 2016 he held the position of regional director in Gothenburg, where he now works as IP manager for the region. He maintains his practice as a European patent attorney specialising in infringement cases. He graduated in 1999 with a MSc in chemical engineering with engineering physics from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, where he specialised in physics and chemical reactions in catalysts. In 1993 he ...
Japan is one of the world’s top patent filers, ranked behind only China and the United States – and the efficiency and high allowance rate of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) are well known: it regularly provides final decisions within 15 months. However, resident filings have been decreasing since 2005 and confidence in the economy remains precarious; four years of government stimulus have only slightly improved the situation. With regard to case law, the strict product-by-process requirements set forth by the Supreme Court in 2015 were reified in a 2016 JPO document setting out revised procedures; the doctrine of equivalents is another issue that is currently in a state of flux.
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