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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Awapatent is a leading IP consultancy firm with a presence in both Europe and Asia. We strive to be the champion in intellectual property for every client. Awapatent’s 160 patent attorneys and attorneys at law possess extensive skills in issues relating to patents, design protection, trademark protection, marketing law, disputes, contracts and risk analyses. Our clients are intensely innovative businesses and our global client base includes the companies behind many of the world’s most valuable brands and patent portfolios, together with leading partner agencies in complementary markets. We are committed to our clients and our longest-lasting client relationships date ...
Robins Kaplan LLP
Marla R Butler is a partner in the IP and technology litigation practice at Robins Kaplan LLP and a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Ms Butler has spent more than 15 years litigating and leading high-stakes IP and patent litigation trials, Markman hearings, mediations and arbitrations. Her representations – which have included critical early case evaluations and assessments – have helped technology clients in the medical, semiconductor, LCD, networking and other electronics technology industries to monetise their patent assets and defend against lawsuits that threaten their businesses. She served as both assistant managing partner and hiring partner for the firm’s ...
The Israeli patent scene remains vibrant. Activity among start-ups is robust, encouraged by investment from the United States and Europe. Increasingly keen to commercialise the fruits of their labour, Israel’s universities are filing a healthy amount of patents in every field, from high-technology to life sciences. The abundance of domestic patents to file and license abroad is keeping everyone busy on the non-contentious side; while in the contentious space, the war between foreign originators and Israeli generics rages on. The hot topic in jurisprudence this year has been service inventions, with several suits brought by employees culminating in a Supreme Court decision that ...
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