Baker McKenzie

IAM Research

The Patent 1000 focuses exclusively on patent practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal patent expertise.

Silver - Firms: litigation

Recommended - Firms: prosecution

Plugged into the wider Baker McKenzie network, the Taipei outpost has access to a full range of technical expertise at its fingertips. As well as serving the IP needs of companies across multiple industries, the firm prosecutes patents for the likes of Genius Electronics Optical Co Ltd and resolves patent disputes for a host of rights holders to obtain high damages. IP captain Grace Shao has perfected her craft, especially in enforcing IP rights for pharmaceutical, high-tech and entertainment corporations. Laser-focused on dispute resolution, Da-Fa Feng takes the lead in high-stakes litigation and patent licensing agreements.

Bronze - Firms: litigation and transactions

A highly respected name on the domestic IP scene and further afield, Baker McKenzie’s Austrian patent contingent works hand in glove with its counterparts across the globe to deliver results seamlessly. The team is intimately familiar with the ins and outs of regional and international legal practices, making it an ideal partner for innovators looking to protect their assets both at home and abroad. Spearheading the group is the seasoned Lukas Feiler, whose meticulous attention to detail in enforcement and licensing matters is of great benefit to multinational software entities. Adroitly blending IP and unfair competition law know-how, Martina Grama grasps matters from every angle.

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Companies searching for a one-stop shop for China IP matters need look no further than the well-rounded team at Baker McKenzie. The group guides clients through IP creation, commercialisation and exploitation from offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Unlike many of their competitors, Baker McKenzie can provide high-end local litigation services through a joint venture with PRC firm FenXun Partners. Two of the side’s leading lights are based in Shanghai: Clement Ngai specialises in pharmaceutical regulatory issues and technology transactions, while Binxin Li has a stellar track record when it comes to patent disputes.

Gold - Firms

One of the country’s “key patent firms”, global heavyweight Baker McKenzie’s regional office lives up to its reputation. Its ambitious patent practice continues to attract big-name clientele locally and abroad as it fearlessly tackles complex issues. Most recently, Say Sujintaya led the outfit to reach a favourable outcome in a high-stakes litigation case for a renowned jewelry manufacturer. Further, her work related to pharmaceutical patents is worthy of notice; she was called on to handle a case involving a compulsory licensing threat – the first of its kind in Thailand – which required long negotiations with the  government. Tanakrit Tangburanakij enters the rankings this year as he takes on more responsibility for the firm’s prosecution work. A testament to his abilities, peers elected him president of the Intellectual Property Association of Thailand. Having acquired 20 years of patent prosecution and litigation experience as the in-house manager of PTT Global Chemical Public Company and working at two of the ranked firms in this chapter, Radeemada Mungkarndee’s expertise is broad and deep – she is “equally well versed in patents and trademarks”.

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Bronze - Firms: infringement

The German contingent of global juggernaut Baker McKenzie is modest but mighty. Its patent litigation group was put firmly on the map in 2013 when dual-qualified attorney at law and patent attorney Jochen Herr came on board; since then, he has done a superb job in building out the practice, which is now engaged on a wide range of both infringement and validity disputes. Key clients include fintech leader Giescke & Devrient, which it recently represented in a high-profile patent infringement spat against the US government; and Real-D, whose 3D cinema technology it has defended in a patent infringement suit and in parallel opposition proceedings. Herr has a technical background in mechanical and process engineering, and an affinity for issues at the intersection of patent and antitrust law. Anchoring the non-contentious side is Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort, who was previously managing partner across both the German and Austrian offices. She has a flair for the fine print of collaboration, licensing and R&D agreements, especially within the life sciences.

Silver - Firms

Baker McKenzie is a titan of the IP scene, with the Kyiv office a vital cog in its slick global machine. A glittering clientele comprising both domestic companies and players from Europe and further afield receive an A-to-Z patent service from a crack team led by IP head Ruslan Drobyazko. Drobyazko is a master of patent prosecution, enforcement and IP-rich transactions, who has published widely on IP legislation and practice. Joining him in the IAM Patent 1000 this year is Oleksiy Stolyarenko, who brings the heat in patent invalidation and infringement disputes involving everything from pharmaceuticals to consumer goods, and also has a flair for the fine print of technology transfer agreements.

Bronze - Firms

A prestige name globally and throughout Latin America, Baker McKenzie is the go-to for complex patent and IP matters that need to be sewn up across borders. Its team in Colombia has excellent technical credentials and acute business-sense, making it a compelling proposition for dynamic companies as they evolve, navigate diverse patent regimes and keep competitors at arm’s length. Juan Pablo Concha Delgado, an advisory and enforcement ace whose regional coordination of matters is seamless, provides excellent leadership. He is a repository of trust for several top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as is María Ximena Guavita, a chemical engineer with precision prosecution skills.

Recommended - Firms: litigation

Recommended - Firms: prosecution

Recommended - Firms: transactions

A force to be reckoned with on the international stage, Baker McKenzie maintains a firm hold on its spot in the IAM Patent 1000. The well-rounded Hong Kong team covers a wide variety of industries and work areas, collaborating with colleagues in mainland China through a joint operation with law firm FenXun Partners to offer comprehensive IP services across Greater China. Contentious issues and technology transfers are among the outfit’s areas of specialty. Baker McKenzie has taken on a leading role in the fight for gender equality and LGBT+ issues, participating in several global and regional initiatives. Isabella Liu’s cross-border expertise and negotiation skills make her a valuable asset to well-established multinationals and start-ups alike. Liu leads the Asia-Pacific healthcare practice group, as well as the China and Hong Kong group for patent and regulatory work.

Bronze - Firms: litigation and transactions

Global legal titan Baker McKenzie is a potent IP player across the whole of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with a battalion of industry experts serving as trusted guides to the world’s innovators. Its Belgian contingent – which it has been investing in of late – is a vital cog in this slick machine, drawing judiciously on the wider firm’s resources to go above and beyond for clients and find total solutions to their complex issues. It thrives in the consumer goods, retail and healthcare industries, under the command of Koen De Winter. Having spent more than 38 years at the IP coalface, he is a font of knowledge for both domestic and multinational companies; on the latter point, he has recently been busy filing patent applications on behalf of Australian furniture manufacturer Elbee Pty. De Winter regularly teams up with noted trade secrets authority Michaël De Vroey, who makes his debut in the guide this year and is lauded for his invaluable assistance in even the most challenging scenarios. Together the pair collaborated on the Belgian contribution to the Study on Trade Secrets and Confidential Business Information commissioned by the European Commission in the preparation of the Trade Secrets Directive.

Bronze - Firms: litigation and transactions

Famed for its commercial acuity and crisp results, international outfit Baker McKenzie has been on an upwards trajectory in Poland and shows no signs of slowing down. Marek Rosinski has lately been busy advising local start-up ATS WorldWide on its patent strategy and in R&D agreement negotiations with Oklahoma University; a “skilled expert with a strong client-oriented attitude”, he tackles some of the largest IT and R&D mandates going. IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Marcin Fijałkowski further bolsters the transactional practice and guides clients through tricky acquisitions pragmatically and efficiently; he has also been acting for Magellan Life Sciences before the EPO. The pair regularly link up with European patent attorney Katarzyna Tobiasz-Dumania, whose worldwide patenting strategies are always shrewd, meticulous and well organised. Geo-Poland is one client which has reaped the benefits of this approach in the form of PCT filings in 11 jurisdictions.

Gold - Firms: litigation and transactions

Recommended - Firms: prosecution

Global juggernaut Baker McKenzie provides the gamut of patent services from offices in Moscow and St Petersburg. Its airtight patent applications ensure that costly and time-consuming office actions are avoided; and should litigation arise, the team offers robust, well-informed representation. The decisions it has secured in the Russian IP Court have often influenced the approach of Rospatent; and it also has a flair for the fine print of complex technology transactions. Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) IP head Eugene Arievich is hailed as “the grandfather of intellectual property in Russia”; peers report that he “provides effective and comprehensive responses to even the most complex patent litigation issues”. Leading on the litigation and enforcement side is the “talented” Denis Khabarov, a particular favourite of US pharmaceutical giants. His counterpart on the prosecution side, Yuri Pylnev, has had an illustrious career, having served as deputy director of Rospatent’s patent examination department and as IP head of the Russian Atomic Energy Agency. He draws on this experience to secure protection for inventions in fields as varied as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and oil and gas. Working alongside him is fellow patent attorney Vladimir Belkov, whose practice has a biotechnology focus. For transactional issues, software and technology expert Margarita Divina is the one to call – she also has useful ancillary unfair competition knowledge and has made appearances before the Russian Anti-monopoly Committee.

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Baker McKenzie has its flag firmly planted in the New York IP market, courtesy of James Blank, an experienced lead patent trial counsel with a high-profile international following. Since he arrived in 2019, and while continuing to litigate at the elite level, he has also leaned into the firm’s global patent prosecution practice and manages matters for Sientra, an innovator in plastic surgery implantable devices and others, working alongside DC colleague Richard Wells. The worldwide coverage that Baker McKenzie can afford is a real boon for those seeking far-reaching protection.

Bronze - Firms: litigation

International powerhouse Baker McKenzie is a household name when it comes to intellectual property and its Toronto arm makes astute use of the firm’s sweeping geographical coverage and treasure trove of resources to bring home the wins in commercially consequential cases. It has continued to represent Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company in an infringement suit of utmost significance, as the adverse party’s patents threaten to monopolise the use of web-based e-commerce tools for the pricing and ordering of goods by rail between Canada and the United States. Running point on this case are William Richardson and Kamleh Nicola. Highly regarded by peers, Richardson has a steady hand when battling it out in complex disputes, but his client-centricity means he also looks to settle out of court where possible. “A phenomenal mentor with a high profile in the IP community”, Nicola works diligently to reduce the risks that her patrons may face. One of her specialities is navigating the intricacies of the country’s dynamic health regulatory regime.

Recommended - Firms: litigation and transactions

Backed by nearly 50 years’ experience and one of the largest Tokyo-based IP teams in an international firm, Baker & McKenzie Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise is a learned hand at tackling patent matters. With their “long experience in intellectual property and direct communication capabilities with clients in foreign countries”, 13 specialist attorneys help domestic and foreign companies to navigate the IP landscape in Japan and overseas. The “quick and accurate team” recently saw an influx of transactional IP matters over the past year, including cross-border licensing agreements. A favourite partner of Japanese patent outfits, Kei Matsumoto has seen it all in the patent litigation and transactions space. “Fluent in English, Kei can explain and discuss the strategies for IP cases directly with foreign companies, so he is very good at helping them to realise their plans in Japan.” “Kei is my first choice for cases that may lead to a patent infringement dispute. He is always a gentleman and never unnecessarily stimulates an opposing party, while standing ground as a tough negotiator. He is always able to come up with a win-win strategy for both parties too.”

Silver - Firms: litigation and transactions

Thanks to the wider firm’s unparalleled geographical reach, the Budapest branch of this international titan is perfectly positioned to assist both domestic and multinational clients seeking to protect and commercialise their inventions. The tight-knit IP group, led by Zsófia Lendvai, regularly assists major pharmaceutical companies in enforcement scenarios and comes through for non-governmental organisations in their R&D endeavours. “Zsófia is simply fantastic,” enthuses one peer. “Her licensing and transactional work is brilliant, and she creates really strong enforcement plans too.” Lendvai’s broad practice encompasses trademarks, copyright, patents and know-how, which makes for precise, holistic advice.

Bronze - Firms

Baker McKenzie may be defined by its global capabilities, but its local offices are no less deserving of credit when judged on their own merits. When instructing the firm in Chile, for example, clients enjoy a sterling service from Valentina Venturelli with respect to the filing of both patents and trademarks. Venturelli is intimately familiar with every nuance of prosecution at the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) and orchestrates successful registrations with impressive efficiency. Protecting rights internationally is also a daily feature of her practice, which she carries out with aplomb.

Silver - Firms

Valued for its “high service quality and professionalism”, Baker McKenzie’s Vietnam team offers the full range of patent services from filing to enforcement. The practice boasts an impressive track record and has continued to expand year after year. Manh Hung Tran and Viet Hung Le play an active role in solidifying Vietnam’s status as an increasingly important player on the international IP stage; they recently acquired protection for several Vietnamese patent owners in the United States. A new addition to WTR 1000, Le was involved in drafting Vietnam’s first IP laws and was instrumental in negotiating the IP aspects of the country’s accession to the World Trade Organisation. Another thing that sets the firm apart is the duo’s “great technical understanding”. As well as giving advice, they support companies in reaching their goals and are “very efficient in working with other offices in their network, which is a plus”.

Bronze - Firms: prosecution

Baker McKenzie’s Mexico contingent forms a vital component of a robust and well-integrated regional patent practice, which is staffed by 25 attorneys and technical experts. Taking advantage of the firm’s international reach and proprietary docketing systems and other technologies, the group provides an efficient service that always hits the spot. Local leadership falls on the shoulders of Marina Hurtado-Cruz, an astute manager of pharmaceutical patent portfolios. Overcoming objections and speedily securing much-needed rights, she helps innovative companies to explore new markets and make smart business moves. Clients hail her communication skills, affinity for detail, technical aptitude and strategic nous.

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