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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AFD China Intellectual Property Law Office is a privately owned leading IP law firm based in Beijing, China, with a client-supporting team in Maryland, United States. Since its founding in 2002, AFD has provided premium services to clients around the world in all areas of IP law – including patents, trademarks, copyrights, domain names – and other legal areas in China. AFD also works with an established network of leading IP firms in other regions of the world to assist Chinese inventors and entities to file and prosecute patent and trademark applications and enforce their IP rights abroad. AFD provides a broad spectrum of services – including IP strategy, patent mining, patent ...
Georg Rauber is the head of Homburger’s IP and IT practice and a partner in its litigation and arbitration and competition and regulatory practices. He has extensive experience in all of these areas. Mr Rauber mainly supports transactions and represents clients in litigation and arbitration involving patents, copyright, trademarks, R&D and know-how transfer. His practice further focuses on IT projects and outsourcing, telecommunications, media, sports marketing and international distribution, as well as issues relating to the interface between IP and antitrust law. Mr Rauber regularly publishes and lectures in his areas of specialisation. He is a member of the most ...
Vietnam features in the IAM Patent 1000 for the first time this year. As manufacturing costs increase in China, more and more companies are relocating to its southern neighbour; this trend is fuelling heightened diligence with regard to patent registration. While domestic filings remain modest – driven mainly by generics entities – inbound applications are on the rise, with Japanese applications in particular accounting for nearly one-quarter of total filings. Pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals players feature especially prominently in the statistics, with automobile entities close behind. Like most countries with nascent patent regimes, Vietnam still lacks a robust framework to ...
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