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.
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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KNPZ is a commercial law firm that specialises in providing legal advice in all areas of IP law, including information technology, media and technology transfer. KNPZ focuses on patent litigation and patent litigation management – in particular, multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. KNPZ manages intellectual property in a distinctly commercial context. For KNPZ, managing commercial intellectual property means providing business consultancy, encompassing first-class legal and commercial support. KNPZ lawyers are experts across the entire spectrum of commercial intellectual property, having gained comprehensive experience during successful careers in major international law firms.
Robins Kaplan LLP
A former Army Judge Advocate General litigator, Ronald J Schutz is the chair of Robins Kaplan LLP’s national IP litigation group, managing partner of the New York office and a member of the firm’s executive board. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr Schutz has notched victories against Goliaths including GE, Apple and Canon, earning one nine-figure and multiple eight-figure verdicts on behalf of much smaller plaintiffs. His track record as lead counsel in civil trials includes: Fonar Corporation v General Electric ($110.5 million jury verdict); Grantley v Clear Channel ($66 million jury verdict); St Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, Inc v Canon, Inc ...
China is one of the most dynamic patent markets in the world and records the largest number of patent filings of any country. It is also an increasingly popular venue for patent litigation and, in a telling sign of how far the market has come, foreign entities are now selecting it as their forum of choice when fighting against other overseas competitors. The establishment of specialised IP courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in 2014 was a particular milestone in terms of strengthening the enforcement infrastructure in China; these courts have been handing down ever-higher damages awards to patent holders, which also benefit from easier access to provisional measures such as ...
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