Welcome to the IAM Patent 1000 2016 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, the fifth edition of Intellectual Asset Management’s market-leading guide that identifies and profiles leading private practice patent professionals and firms in the world’s key jurisdictions.Read more
The IAM Patent 1000 is unique in being a one-stop resource that focuses exclusively on naming best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners on a global basis, as well as expert witnesses in the United States. For five months, a dedicated research team working out of our offices in London and Hong Kong conducted detailed interviews with thousands of private practice lawyers and attorneys based in dozens of countries, as well as the users of their services, in order to identify the practitioners and practices that are considered to excel at providing patent-related legal services. 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 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, there is 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 selected for inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 are offered the opportunity to publish this information for a fee – some opt to do so, while others do not. Either way, it has no effect on listing or ranking decisions. The research was conducted entirely independently of any commercial considerations.
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Obhan & Associates (O&A) offers end-to-end services in IP and corporate law with the goal of aiding and assisting its clients at every stage, and is recognised as one of India’s leading law firms.O&A has regularly been recognised as a leading IP practice in India by a number of international legal publications, including Chambers Asia Pacific, Managing Intellectual Property, Asialaw Profiles and Legal 500.The firm has a well-balanced domestic and international clientele and represents a cross-section of industries, including fast-moving consumer goods, mechanical engineering, hardware and electronics, pharmaceuticals, software, apparel, packaging and retail, process ...
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Gunnar Baumgärtel, a physicist by training and a German and European patent attorney, specialises in patent litigation and patent prosecution – particularly in sophisticated proceedings involving automotive technology, telecommunications, electronics and mechanical engineering. He has vast experience in handling patent infringement cases before the district and appeal courts, as well as nullity cases before the Federal Patent Court, where he has represented clients in some of the biggest patent lawsuits to be filed in recent years. He was also actively involved in achieving a fundamental decision issued by Germany’s Federal Supreme Court concerning the admissibility ...
Hong Kong may be Asia’s premier financial hub, but hitherto it has lacked a reputation for innovation and invention. However, government proposals announced in 2015 suggest a willingness to remedy this state of affairs; an original grant scheme will be introduced for applicants and the examination system for short-term patents will be overhauled. It is hoped that the changes will revitalise the creative economy of the Special Administrative Region. Though mainland players continue to extend their influence in the city, international Western outfits still enjoy most of the business; but only time will tell how these trends play out.
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