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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Established in 1975, Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman (BSTZ) is a medium-sized IP firm that focuses on excellent work product and strong client relationships. With six offices and more than 50 attorneys and agents who have degrees in technology, engineering and science-related fields, the firm is widely acknowledged as a globally respected IP law firm.BSTZ works with clients to protect inventions, designs, trade secrets, trademarks, service marks, software and original works of authorship. Our attorneys bring a broad spectrum of technical knowledge, allowing us to handle difficult and complex IP matters. We are uniquely situated to understand, protect and enforce all varieties ...
Jon T Hohenthaner is a partner at Desmarais LLP. His practice focuses on complex patent infringement litigation and appeals, particularly with respect to cases involving computer and electronics-related technologies – including telecommunications, computer software, computer architecture, networking, microprocessors, wireless communications, encryption, ultrasound and semiconductor technologies. He has represented clients of all sizes, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual inventors, in both the assertion and defence of patent infringement claims. After graduating from Cornell University Law School, Mr Hohenthaner began his career at Morgan & Finnegan, LLP in ...
Notwithstanding an uptick in filings by universities and research centres, patent activity in South Africa has largely stagnated due to a decline in R&D investment and the depreciation of the rand. Litigation and home-grown patent applications appear to have tailed off slightly, although inbound filings remain steady. Although the South African market may now be saturated, cause for optimism abounds from the untapped potential afforded by the wider continent. Numerous domestic firms are ideally placed to assert their influence beyond national borders, especially in booming sectors such as fast-moving consumer goods, telecoms and energy. Meanwhile, the national patent office is ...
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