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.Read more
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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Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott LLP is a boutique IP law firm located in Silicon Valley. Leveraging decades of experience, the partners founded the firm in 2015 with a focus on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, patent portfolio management, post-issuance proceedings and patent litigation support. Borrowing from the tactics of the companies that the firm represents, Nicholson De Vos leverages current technology to provide a flexible and secure environment for attorney and client collaboration. Although a relatively new firm, Nicholson De Vos has grown to include 18 attorneys and one patent agent, most of whom have worked together for many years.
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NSN Law Firm
Selma Ünlü is the senior partner of NSN Law Firm, ranked as Tier 1 by Legal 500 and specialising in life sciences and intellectual property. Her advanced experience in legal practice was developed over the 22 years she worked as a partner leading the IP litigation and life sciences practice groups of Gün & Partners. She now heads the same practice groups in NSN Law Firm, which she joined in January 2011. Ms Ünlü has significant experience in advising major clients and cross-border patent matters in both litigation and consultancy aspects. She acts in a wide range of contentious matters, particularly those involving complex regulation. She advises life sciences clients in ...
The dust has finally settled following the introduction of a single patent attorney register for Australia and New Zealand under the Trans-Tasman regime. The public listing of firms remains a major talking point; although it has been confirmed that firms owned by the same holding company can continue to operate separately, there is still uncertainty regarding potential conflicts of interest and issues of split loyalty between shareholders and clients. These concerns prompted the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trademark Attorneys to commission an independent legal expert to lead a consultation – beginning in April 2017 – to ensure that proper safeguards are ...
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