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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Global IP Law Group is a law firm founded with a specific purpose: to maximise clients’ returns from their intellectual property. To that end, Global IP provides an array of focused services, including patent sales, licensing, litigation and strategic counselling to clients ranging from individual inventors to multinational corporations. Over the last six years, the firm has generated over $7.5 billion for its clients, including: the largest pure patent sale in history ($4.5 billion); the largest patent-backed debt offering in history ($2.6 billion); and one of the highest sales prices paid per patent family in history ($37.5 million). Headquartered in Chicago, ...
Uexküll & Stolberg
Bernd Christian Janssen works on the chemistry and trademark teams at Uexküll & Stolberg in Hamburg. His activities include the drafting of patent applications, patent prosecution and litigation – including nullity and infringement proceedings – with an emphasis on prosecution, oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office. He specialises in chemistry (including polymer chemistry) and pharmacy. Dr Janssen’s work also includes trademark prosecution and oppositions before the German Patent and Trademark Office and before the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market. Dr Janssen graduated with a diploma in chemistry from the University of Heidelberg and ...
The Swiss market remained relatively stable over the past year as practitioners continued to familiarise themselves with the workings of the Federal Patent Court, which opened for business in 2012. The technical expertise, efficiency and collective wisdom of this new forum all come in for praise. On the filing front, meanwhile, the prodigious output of Switzerland’s chemical, pharmaceutical and mechanical industries is keeping patent attorneys busy. Although a number of maturing technologies are due to come off patent in the near future, the robust pace of innovation on the market shows no sign of slowing. However, litigators have observed a growing preference for ...
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