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Bronze - Firms: prosecution
Despite being a relatively fresh face on the Australian prosecution market, Cotters Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys is home to a squad of scientifically adept, highly capable and experienced patent attorneys with Trans-Tasman and European qualifications. Clients are particularly enthused by its “personal touch and the single point of contact for all communication”. Kieran Williams, Chris Atichian and Nicholas Lakatos are the key figures to note. Drawing judiciously upon his neurobiology doctorate pedigree, Williams has a wealth of experience in prosecuting patents and plant breeders’ rights protection on behalf of leading biotech and pharma players. Beginning his career as an IP attorney in 2001, Atichian marries his superb technical command with a fine-grained appreciation of patent law, to help strategise and maximise the commercial values of the patent portfolios of inventors domestically and internationally. A telecommunications engineer by trade, Lakatos receives effusive praise from patrons for both his fluency in the fields of software, information and communications technology, and electrical engineering, as well as his commercial and legal savviness: “Nicholas is an exceptional attorney. He prepares very logical and persuasive arguments, and is able to identify subtle but important differences between the claimed invention and the prior art. Importantly, he is able to articulate these differences clearly and persuasively.”