Welcome to the IAM Patent 1000 2015 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, the fourth edition of our unique guide to leading private practice patent professionals and firms in the world’s key jurisdictions. There is no other publication like the IAM Patent 1000 - a one-stop resource exclusively focused on identifying best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners on a global basis, as well as expert witnesses in the United States.
Over the course of five months, our 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, in order to identify the practitioners and practices that are instructed by clients when only the best will do. 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 merits their inclusion. A detailed methodology which explains the research process, as well as how our researchers decided who should finally be listed, can be found 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. 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.
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Peksung Intellectual Property Ltd, a boutique IP law firm, offers the full spectrum of premium IP services. With offices in Beijing, Shenzhen and Palo Alto, and a staff of around 110, Peksung is home to a diverse team of reputable and dedicated IP professionals that brings together academic, industrial and professional experience. Our patent attorneys have substantial expertise in virtually all technical fields. Talented patent attorneys, trademark attorneys and attorneys at law – all with years of professional experience – provide services in both prosecution and litigation. Since its establishment, Peksung has taken the lead role in issues which are at the forefront of the ...
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Garrard Beeney is co-head of the firm’s IP and technology group and a member of the firm’s managing partners committee. He has litigated IP and licensing cases throughout the country in both federal and state courts, and has substantial trial experience in ‘bet the company’ litigation. Mr Beeney also represents clients before US and European competition law authorities, particularly regarding the intersection between IP and competition laws. In addition to trying patent and antitrust cases, Mr Beeney has argued appellate cases in various courts, including the US Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Arkansas. He represents ...
The troubled Italian economy has lagged far behind those of its European neighbours for some years now. In these straitened conditions, smaller-scale patent litigation has tailed off, although rights holders still acknowledge the need to duke out high-value cases. Italy still has not acceded to the Unitary Patent Convention, although recent decisions on supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) and inventive step reflect the courts’ greater willingness to align with European standards. The patent scene has traditionally been dominated by professor-led firms steeped in academic tradition; many of these are still going strong, but international outfits and start-ups are making ...
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