Welcome to the IAM Patent 1000 2015 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, the fourth edition of our unique guide to leading private practice patent professionals and firms in the world’s key jurisdictions. There is no other publication like the IAM Patent 1000 - a one-stop resource exclusively focused on identifying best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners on a global basis, as well as expert witnesses in the United States.
Over the course of five months, our dedicated IAM research team based in London and Hong Kong conducted detailed interviews with hundreds of private practice lawyers and attorneys, as well as the users of their services, in countries across the world, in order to identify the practitioners and practices that are instructed by clients when only the best will do. 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 merits their inclusion. A detailed methodology which explains the research process, as well as how our researchers decided who should finally be listed, can be found 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. All those who were selected for inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 were offered the opportunity to publish this information for a fee – some decided that they wished to, while others declined. Inclusion in the editorial is in no way linked to this: the research was conducted entirely independent of any commercial considerations.
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China Patent Agent (HK) Ltd (CPA), incorporated in 1984, was one of the first three pioneer IP firms in China. CPA has offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai, and overseas offices in New York, Tokyo and Munich, forming a global network to provide around-the-clock quality IP services to its clients worldwide. CPA provides comprehensive IP services to its clients in China and abroad, with particular expertise in application prosecution, litigation, mediation, licensing, assignment and counselling in relation to patents, trademarks, copyright, domain names, unfair competition and other IP-related areas. It also prosecutes patent, trademark and design applications for ...
Managing Director -
Duff & Phelps
Christopher Bakewell is a managing director in Duff & Phelps’s Houston office. He leads the firm’s IP disputes and investigations practice, and also serves as city leader. Mr Bakewell specialises in helping clients to navigate complex issues by providing them with financial and valuation analyses, as well as licensing-related consulting services. Mr Bakewell also provides expert testimony in the context of business disputes, including patent infringement, breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, copyright and trademark infringement and other valuation-related matters. Mr Bakewell has significant expertise in providing expert opinions in in the context of international ...
Ireland’s burgeoning manufacturing industry and status as a gateway to Europe continue to make it a popular destination for IP-rich entities. Foreign investors and multinationals are increasingly attracted by the country’s thriving domestic start-up scene, with abundant commercial opportunities now arising for homegrown enterprises that can build up compelling patent portfolios. While there is still a healthy amount of litigation taking place, the balance appears to be shifting towards non-contentious work as innovators find themselves in a race to develop new technology before their rivals; rather than waging multi-jurisdictional wars of attrition, many are opting to ...
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