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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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is one of the world’s largest firms focusing on IP law. From offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, Finnegan practises all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, representing clients on IP issues relating to US and European patent and trademark law, international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, cybersecurity, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust and unfair competition. Finnegan offers full-service IP legal experience and technical expertise in virtually every industry and technology, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biologics and biosimilars, chemicals, electronics, ...
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
François Guay is a partner at Smart & Biggar’s Montreal office. He is a member of the firm’s executive committee and has practised exclusively in IP litigation for almost 30 years. He has in-depth experience in advising clients on IP litigation strategies, conducting discoveries, examinations and cross-examinations, as well as preparing highly persuasive arguments to be presented in court. Mr Guay is among the top five most experienced IP litigators in Canada and has appeared before the courts of Quebec and the Federal Court of Canada. He has argued many cases that have resulted in leading jurisprudence in the fields of patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright, ...
Malaysia has one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia and certainly one of the most competitive. An easy place to do business, it is attracting significant investment from neighbours such as Japan; this is fuelling an increase in patent activity, even as budget cuts within the public sector negatively affect local filings. Interesting developments are taking place in the commercial IP space: Malaysia, like Singapore, has launched its own IP financing initiative, in the hope that this will promote innovation and boost productivity. The Malaysian Intellectual Property Office has also launched a special IP valuation training programme, so that companies seeking to take ...
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