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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Founded by a group of IP pioneers in 1993, Liu, Shen & Associates is a leading law firm in China focusing intensively on patent and trademark procurement, strategic counselling on all aspects of intellectual property and enforcement of IP rights, including litigation. Its experienced professionals, well-trained staff and strong commitment to delivering high-quality services are rated by clients as the core values of the firm. The firm currently has 41 partners, 180 patent attorneys, 79 attorneys at law (most of whom are also qualified as patent attorneys) and 11 trademark agents. Now an internationally renowned IP law firm, Liu, Shen & Associates proudly serves ...
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Sarah Roques has over 20 years’ experience drafting, prosecuting and defending patents, primarily before the European Patent Office (EPO). She practises across a broad biotechnology subject-matter base, including sequencing technology, genetics, gene delivery, vaccines, antibodies, diagnostic markers, personalised medicine, pharmaceutical formulation and dosage regimens and research tools and mutant enzymes for cleantech applications. Ms Roques has an extensive opposition practice, both defending and attacking, before the EPO Opposition Division and Boards of Appeal – notably on early cases relating to research tools such as polymerase chain reaction and more recently in ...
As in other emerging markets, IP protection in Turkey has evolved hand in hand with economic growth. However, a question mark hangs over the efficacy and rigour of the Turkish IP courts. Comprising a sole judge with no technical training, they often rely on an appointed panel of experts; but there is no protocol to guide the selection of panellists – any university lecturer or author on the subject at hand can be appointed. This often results in laymen who are unfamiliar with patent law advocating the revocation of rights which have passed thorough examination by legally and technically trained authorities. These issues aside, there is now a widespread appreciation of the ...
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