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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VILAU | ASSOCIATES’ IP practice deals with all aspects of trademarks, patents, designs, domain names, know-how and trade secrets, copyright and other personal rights, as well as data protection. Our attorneys and experts have been involved in landmark Romanian and cross-border transactions and litigation over the past 20 years dealing with various IP rights, and have been acclaimed for their skills and achievements on numerous occasions. Some of our successfully litigated cases are now included in the IP course materials used as references by law professors and other experts. Thanks to the extensive experience that our attorneys have gained over the past 20 years of high-stakes ...
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
Ronald Faggetter is a partner at Smart & Biggar’s Toronto office, and is the chair of the firm’s executive committee; in this capacity, he serves as managing partner of the firm. Mr Faggetter also heads the Toronto office’s patent acquisition group. With over 25 years of experience, he has an in-depth understanding of the electrical and mechanical arts, encompassing technologies such as telecommunications, robotics, computer systems, optics, production line equipment and mechanical control systems. By virtue of representing Canadian clients on the world stage, Mr Faggetter is well versed in approaches to US prosecution that minimise file history estoppel and inequitable ...
The new Spanish Patents Act came into force on April 1 2017. The legislation revamps the application procedure by introducing substantive examination. Practitioners hope that this will result in fewer weak patents being granted, and that foreign entities will start to see national patents as a robust alternative to the European patent. However, some commentators express reservations about the competency of certain examiners at the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO) and question how smoothly the new process will run in practice. Generally, the economic situation in Spain continues to improve and local businesses appear increasingly keen to protect their inventions.
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