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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Founded in 1902, YUASA and HARA is one of the oldest and largest law firms in Japan. Our firm is also a pioneer in multi-disciplinary practice, comprising legal, patent, trademark and design and accounting divisions. YUASA and HARA was established by ex-Judge Toyotaro Yuasa in 1902. His son, Kyozo Yuasa – who studied in the United Kingdom and qualified as a barrister at law – founded the YUASA and HARA Tokyo office. He started his career in Japan in the 1920s and participated in many international legal and IP cases for major banks and enterprises in Europe and the United States from the early 1940s onwards. International activities continued to increase after our office was moved ...
Gün + Partners
Uğur Aktekin co-chairs Gün + Partners’ IP practice, which is internationally recognised as a leading practice in Turkey. Mr Aktekin specialises in advising on trademark, design, copyright, IT, patent, unfair competition, advertising and media law. Within the IP field, he provides counsel to local and multinational companies on prosecution, enforcement and litigation strategies and represents clients before administrative bodies and the courts. Mr Aktekin’s practice has been recognised by various independent guides to the legal profession, including Who’s Who Legal, Chambers and Partners, the Legal 500, Expert Guides (Euromoney), the WTR 1000 and Best Lawyers.
By all accounts, it has been another good year for the New Zealand IP scene. New inventive step guidelines brought the nation into line with international standards and a bill has been read in Parliament proposing a unitary Australian and New Zealand patent attorney regime. Elsewhere, accession to the Trans-Pacific Partnership led to an uptick in all types of preparatory activity, while healthy filing statistics attested to the stability of the New Zealand economy. Licensing remains an important source of work for practitioners, as domestic entities continue to expand their businesses into China and beyond. Although typically stopping short of full-blown courtroom fights, ...
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