Welcome to the IAM Patent 1000 2016 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, the fifth edition of IAM'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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TMI Associates has approximately 65 patent/trademark attorneys (benrishi) in addition to approximately 350 attorneys at law (bengoshi). These professionals – together with more than 60 paralegals as well as other related staff members – form a unique organisational structure that enables the firm to respond in a highly effective and efficient manner to the needs of clients across a wide variety of businesses and technologies from all around the globe. History Since its establishment on October 1 1990, TMI has grown rapidly and achieved its goal of becoming a full-service law firm that offers valuable and comprehensive legal services of the highest calibre at all times, while ...
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Karri Leskinen joined Boco IP in 2005 and has been managing director and a partner since 2007. He has an MSc in chemistry and has worked as a patent attorney since 1999. Over the years, he has handled IP cases primarily in the fields of pharmaceuticals, food and processing and polymer technologies. Mr Leskinen has been involved in numerous litigation cases, especially in the pharmaceuticals field. For the past 10 years, he has mainly worked for generics companies. Mr Leskinen is actively involved in the planning and implementation of clients’ IP strategies. He focuses on consultation and training for IP management-related issues. Portfolio management, freedom-to-operate ...
The Indian government has launched several new initiatives to promote local innovation in recent months, in a bid to diversify from a service-driven economy. Proposals to boost the number of examiners and reduce application approval times are also regarded as positive steps to tackle the current backlog at the patent office. In legislative terms, the February 2016 order excluding from patentability software-related subject matter without substantive hardware novelty stands in line with international trends. While domestic filings in 2015 did not increase at the same frenzied pace as in previous years, foreign filings are keeping most prosecution practices busy; and local concerns ...
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