Welcome to the IAM Patent 1000 2016 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, the fifth edition of Intellectual Asset Management’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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Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff is one of the most distinguished German IP law firms. Founded in 1927 by Freda Wuesthoff – the first female German patent attorney – and her husband Franz Wuesthoff, the firm is headquartered in Munich, where the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the German Federal Patent Court are located. Our international team of more than 100 experienced patent attorneys, attorneys at law, patent engineers, technical experts and qualified paralegals is poised and ready to assist clients with their unique needs and service requirements. We provide consulting services and advise clients on patents, utility models, ...
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Carles Comes holds a degree in electronic engineering and is a specialist in both information technology and patents. Since the beginning of his career in patents back in 1994, his work has focused on electronics, telecommunications, information technology and computer-implemented inventions of all sorts. He joined ZBM in 2003 and became a partner in 2005; currently, he is the head of the practice involving the aforementioned technical fields. Mr Comes regularly lectures in Spain on matters such as the patentability of computer-implemented inventions. He frequently teaches courses or seminars in cooperation with examiners from the European Patent Office. His work ...
The Australian IP market has been a hotbed of activity over the past year. The public listings of Spruson & Ferguson and Shelston IP turned heads, while patent prosecutors have been responding to commercial pressure to expand overseas. Fisher Adams Kelly’s merger with Callinans and its subsequent acquisition by IPH exemplify the ongoing consolidation of filing operations. On the wider front, only time will tell how the continued squeeze on prices will influence the legal market as a whole. Case highlights of 2015 included the reversal of the Federal Court decision in Myriad Genetics; the High Court ultimately ruled that isolated nucleic acids are not patentable subject ...
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