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Silver - Firms: litigation
Recommended - Firms: prosecution
Full-service patent outfit Crowell & Moring has the technical expertise and contentious experience to advise a broad range of patrons. The medical device and pharmaceutical fields are two of its particular specialisms, with a number of its practitioners having advanced scientific degrees and excellent track records in Hatch-Waxman litigation. Some of the leading lights for disputes are James Sobieraj, Laura Lydigsen and Mark Remus. “James consistently produces excellent results. His knowledge of US IP law and practice is astonishingly broad and deep, and his timely advice and service make him a preferred associate whenever US issues arise.” “Laura and Mark are go-to litigation counsel for Hatch-Waxman matters. They are smart, strategic, responsive, make a fantastic team and are great to work with. Laura and Mark both have great client relationship skills and are impressive litigators.” Making his debut in the guide this year is William Frankel. He is a veteran litigator who adopts a customer-centric, business-focused approach to IP disputes. For prosecution work, Joseph Hetz and Andrew Stover are the names to note. “Joseph has an encyclopaedic knowledge of patent prosecution rules and best practices. He is great to work with.” “Andrew is highly professional and efficient, and has been so for decades. He is personable, knowledgeable, helpful and very caring.”
Recommended - Firms: trade secret litigation
Gold - Firms: litigation and transactions
“Top-tier firm Crowell & Moring is a go-to address for patent litigation in Belgium and is home to a group of impressive, knowledgeable, high-quality attorneys.” The outfit performs impeccably at each stage of litigation and brings substantial technical knowledge. Earning glowing reviews from the market, Kristof Roox is described as “a fantastic litigator who is smart, pragmatic, creative and commercially focused”. He is not afraid to make bold strategic moves to advance his clients’ interests, and has been busy coordinating the defence of Alcon Research, a global leader in vision and eye-care products, against invalidity actions filed by competitor Hoya Surgical Optics. Ascending into the silver tier this year, Jurgen Figys stands out as a creative problem-solver who places his patrons’ needs front and centre. Likewise, Jan-Diederik Lindemans is appreciated for his “responsiveness, diligence, creativeness and flexibility. Jan-Diederik can adapt to any situation; he is also accessible and easy to talk to.” Figys and Lindemans have recently linked up to dispense sage tactical advice to Fresenius Medical Care, a multinational medical device company, in relation to its ongoing infringement dispute with Nipro.