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On hand across the United States to meet every patent need, Dentons boasts an incredibly strong bench of technically versatile lawyers. Robert Hanson anchors the practice in Texas and is a prolific filer – he has prosecuted more than 4,000 patents to issue in the Unites States and is an extremely safe pair of hands for biotechnology and life sciences companies seeking robust patent protection. He has recently taken the lead on patent prosecution and counselling for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre relating to medical, pharmaceutical and medical device technology.

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The Scottish branch of international super-firm Dentons is well regarded for its “strong non-contentious IP offering”. Peers note that the outfit’s robust patent transactional practice, led by Alison Bryce and Ross Nicol, “takes in household Scottish brands across the full spectrum of IP issues”. Both are noted for the interplay they bring between data and tech issues and patents. Nicol is singled out for “routinely providing good commercial advice”, and, particularly, for “advising spin-out companies strategically”. The group’s global reach and vast network ensures comprehensive coverage for any patron.

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Few can compete with Dentons’ international presence. The group has over 20,000 employees in over 80 countries, with the US contingent being pivotal to the firm’s success, combining a wealth of resources with deep technical expertise to provide top-notch patent prosecution, litigation and commercialisation services. A key contact in DC is Mark Hogge, a veteran litigator with experience in all major patent forums in the country. 

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With its vast, globe-spanning network of legal firms, Dentons is well equipped to handle and coordinate cross-border litigation for the world’s biggest multinational corporations. The patent team in Paris comprises seven personnel, including partner Loïc Lemercier. Lemercier is recognised among his peers for his “ability to handle difficult matters. Regardless of complexity and size, he always does a good job.” Lemercier’s practice ranges across some of the most cutting-edge and litigious sectors in patent litigation, including SPCs, FRAND licence disputes and trade secrets. Lemercier supplements his enforcement practice with a healthy sideline in contract negotiations and drafting. Given his extensive litigation experience, he knows how to craft contracts that take the enforcement landscape into consideration. On the litigation front, Lemercier assists and represents Alchimia and Ophta France in a defence before the Paris Court in a patent infringement initiated by Arcadophta. He also supports dental products company Septodont in an ongoing litigation, and offers contract drafting assistance to French dairy leader Lactalis.

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International giant Dentons can be counted upon to draw on its vast global network to find the best strategies that work for its clientele, no matter in what corner of the earth they have business interests. The British branch of the firm is no exception – attorney Justin Hill picks up rave reviews from his patrons: “Justin and his team have been quite simply excellent. He delivers highly reliable advice and is never shy of using his astonishing network to support clients. He has a fantastic birds-eye view of the IP landscape. He always tailors his advice to the client’s actual needs. His mix of deep legal and technological understanding ensures the best advice possible. On top of that, Justin is a person with astounding confidence, a deep work ethic and a lot of enthusiasm, making it very enjoyable to work with him.” Other top-notch prosecutors are Liz Dawson and Marie Jansson Heeks. “Liz can take raw inventor documents and craft very thorough patent applications. She also gives clear and effective responses to examiner objections. She offers great general patent strategy and portfolio management advice. She has a great bedside manner – she is intelligent, open, transparent and a pleasure to work with.” “Marie is a magician patent prosecutor. She is unquestionably one of the most effective European prosecutors. Her passion for the work, her attentiveness, her hardworking attitude, but most of all her skill and creativity, have contributed to her being a first-class patent attorney.”

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“Dentons has a solid bench of impressive patent lawyers. The team have a particular aptitude for prosecution instructions, administrative patent challenges and international advice, especially when it comes the Chinese market.” The global powerhouse has firmly established itself as a premier choice for prosecution instructions, and has some of the sharpest strategic minds on board, including post-grant proceedings ace Kevin Greenleaf. He has recently been working with a well-resourced national team to bring a patent infringement action against 29 Chinese defendants on behalf of LG Electronics. “Stephanie Seidman is a fantastic practitioner and valuable business partner. She is serious, thoughtful, responsive and very knowledgeable about advances and changes in patent law relating to the field of biotechnology. Stephanie always puts in her best effort to achieve results.”

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Global powerhouse Dentons is home to more than 100 lawyers and advisers across the United States, who can meet every patent need. A wealth of resources and a vast international network are readily available to clients, so they feel confident that their rights will be protected, defended and enforced, both domestically and internationally. Flying the flag for New Jersey is wise counsellor, poised litigator and seasoned deal maker Joel Bock, who is a go-to for many illustrious names seeking total patent care. He delivers a top-quality service and draws on his rich technical and business knowledge to spot opportunities for monetisation. IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Roman Tsibulevskiy is committed to providing stellar client-service; he places his patrons’ needs front and centre and is honest and direct with his strategic advice. Listed as an inventor on 10 personal patents, Tsibulevskiy brings an added dimension to his practice. He sees the process from every angle and deftly manages portfolios and achieves vital patent protection for the likes of biotechnology company Endoluxe. Bock takes the lead on the transactional side for Endoluxe, striving to strike beneficial deals for the licensing and commercialisation of its technology.

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Dentons has built a global reputation for its unwavering integrity and solutions-driven approach to intellectual property, and its Polish branch is no different. With a dynamic ensemble of 16 professionals, this IP practice is well equipped to tackle any instruction that comes its way. Aleksandra Politańska-Kunicka is the name to note for patrons in the food industry. She has well-rounded experience and keeps up to date with market trends, allowing her to provide iron-clad strategies that are vital to her clients’ success.

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The perks of being a part of the world’s largest law practice include access to a vast pool of expertise and resources, and clients of Dentons’ Auckland branch – ranging from start-ups to world-renowned multinationals – certainly benefit from this global reach. The patent group was established in 2018 by Andrew Baker, a New Zealand and Australia-qualified patent attorney whose special expertise lies in medical devices, human and animal healthcare, and agribusiness.

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