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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Ohtsuka Patent Office is an IP law firm founded in 1974 and located in central Tokyo, with a wealth of experience helping some of the world’s greatest innovators to develop and protect their IP assets. The firm enjoys fantastic feedback from clients old and new, among them some of the most recognisable global brands in industries spanning from telecommunications to pharmaceuticals. Ohtsuka is a high-quality, high-volume, active firm. Ohtsuka provides one-stop services covering the entire range of issues pertaining to the IP field, including patent drafting and prosecution, patent litigation, consultation, opinion work, prior art searches and prosecution of trademarks and ...
Bennett Jones LLP
Michael Whitt leads Bennett Jones LLP’s IT practice group and is a senior member of its IP practice. He is both a patent agent and a trademark agent, in addition to being a lawyer. Mr Whitt advises technology-based businesses on commercialisation and compliance matters and on the structure, negotiation and documentation of novel business models, strategies and transactions. Clients include manufacturers, vendors, technology acquirers, internet service providers, application service providers, outsource and cloud operators, e-commerce and web-enabled transaction providers, fin-tech innovators, infrastructure providers, agricultural and biotechnology operations, health informatics ...
A decline in patent litigation has been an ongoing recent storyline for the US legal market. Supreme Court decisions have eroded the rights of patent holders, while a perceived lack of clarity in the guidance issued by the country’s highest judicial forum has created unease over litigation risk among in-house counsel. Since the decision in Alice v CLS Bank, district courts have been killing patents left and right on Section 101 ineligibility grounds, which has had a chilling effect on enforcement. The post-grant proceedings introduced by the America Invents Act have become ingrained in the fabric of US patent practice; most courts are granting a stay of litigation pending ...
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