Welcome to the IAM Patent 1000 2016 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, the fifth edition of IAM'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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A national law firm with more than 95 attorneys and 95 years of practice, Banner & Witcoff provides legal counsel and representation to the world’s most innovative companies. The firm’s attorneys are known for having the breadth of experience and insight needed to handle complex patent applications and handle and resolve difficult disputes and business challenges for clients across all industries and geographic boundaries.Main areas of practiceLitigation: Banner & Witcoff is a preferred litigation provider for Fortune 500 companies, mid-level companies and technology-focused start-ups. The firm has a deep bench of seasoned trial and appellate lawyers with industry ...
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Charles River Associates
Gregory Bell frequently testifies as an expert witness on damages in IP, finance and antitrust litigation in courts and arbitration proceedings in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He has considerable experience regarding lost profits, price erosion and reasonable royalty issues in IP disputes. His business consulting engagements focus on the economics of business strategy, working with firms to develop sustainable competitive advantages in their product markets. This business perspective informs the accounting, economics and finance analyses of his damages opinions.He leads the global life sciences practice at Charles River Associates.Dr Bell has an MBA and a PhD in ...
Compared with other IP-rich countries, Japan has traditionally seen little contentious action on the patent front. Lately, however, courtroom battles have increased and this trend continues to hold steady. Nonetheless, with low damages pay-outs and highly predictable outcomes, many commentators highlight a need for judicial reform; a decidedly conservative ethos prevails, with invalidation decisions few and far between. On the non-contentious side, filings are fluctuating in line with the fortunes of different industries: electronics applications have fallen, while chemical and mechanical applications are on the rise. Firms happily point to enhanced IP awareness among Japanese ...
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