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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McCarter’s renowned IP team has more than 105 IP lawyers, technical specialists and patent agents with industry experience and graduate degrees in engineering and life sciences (including 28 PhDs and an MD). We draw upon our experience in patent prosecution and litigation, technology licensing and transfer, corporate transactional and general business matters to assist our clients in building and managing patent portfolios that best serve their strategic business goals, whether developing patent portfolios for pre-clinical products of early-stage companies or blockbuster biologics for major pharmaceutical companies. We work with client patent committees, R&D and product ...
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Barry Franks is a senior partner at Brann AB. Since 1983 Mr Franks has pursued an exceptionally broad career in intellectual property – both geographically and operatively. Following 10 years as a European Patent Office (EPO) examiner in The Hague, he moved to Sweden and, after two years as an entrepreneur, returned to the world of intellectual property as a patent attorney. After five years’ experience of drafting, prosecuting and using intellectual property in fields as diverse as nappies (what he calls the “biohazard industry”) and fuel rod extractors for nuclear power plants (a different type of potential hazard), he was headhunted by a global healthcare company. He spent ...
Practices regarding the analysis of damages in patent cases are changing rapidly. Commentators suggest that things are moving in the right direction, as the courts have become increasingly demanding when it comes to ascertaining the value of the relevant IP rights within the context of the overall product. However, because there is not yet a standard methodology for calculating damages, the role of testifying experts is now that much more complicated. It is thus more important than ever to seek out the most appropriate expertise for each specific case; the IAM Patent 1000 provides valuable insight to assist in this regard. This is the second edition of the guide to profile the ...
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