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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Samson & Partner was founded by Friedrich R von Samson-Himmelstjerna in 1983. Since then it has grown to a patent law firm with eight partners, supported by six associate attorneys and six patent engineers and trainees. The firm’s head office is situated in Munich, Germany, close to the European Patent Office and the German Patent and Trademark Office. Further, the firm has its own representation in Alicante, Spain. Each patent attorney has a wealth of expertise gained through technical university studies, special training in patent law and professional work experience. Added to this is the firm’s ongoing training for its professionals, because what drives the firm’s ...
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IP Law Galli
Founder of IP Law Galli, Cesare Galli has been dealing with important litigation in Europe regarding all branches of IP law, particularly patents. He often tackles cross-border problems and has written a key essay on this issue. He has been full professor of IP law at the University of Parma Faculty of Law since 1998. In 1999, along with Professor Adriano Vanzetti, he obtained the first Italian decision in the biotechnology field with regard to biotech patents. In 2004 he obtained the first Italian decision assessing the validity of a computer-implemented invention patent. Likewise, between 2004 and 2010 Professor Galli secured one of the most relevant decisions concerning the ...
With the seat of the Unified Patent Court’s (UPC) Central Division to be located in Paris, practitioners are unanimously optimistic about the prospect of increased litigation in the coming years. Although primarily handling electronic and IT-related patents, the French division will also hear its share of infringement cases transferred from regional courts and territories where there is no UPC chamber. As such, the future could very well see a concentration of contentious work in Paris. On the market, companies remain well served by France’s healthy mix of boutiques and international full-service players. Reflecting the sanguine mood in the legal industry, a number of new ...
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