Spruson & Ferguson

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Gold - Firms: prosecution

With 130 years on the scene, the bespoke Australian IP shop has established an equally impressive prosecution outfit in Singapore. Acting as Spruson & Ferguson’s Southeast Asian regional hub, the bureau is home to a close-knit group of scientifically adept and highly qualified patent attorneys. It continues to top the IAM Patent 1000 prosecution board thanks to its exceptional regional and technical expertise. Guiding the whole operation is managing director Kristian Robinson, whose strength lies in the chemistry and life sciences field. Working closely with him on the life sciences front are principal Maik Brinkmann and Soo Ee Lin. Brinkmann draws on a breadth of experience, which includes time spent in the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology and working at a major German IP law firm; while Lin has a doctorate in molecular biology and excels at handling biotech and pharmaceutical patent prosecution matters in the region. Completing the lineup is fellow mechanical engineer Hong Minh Le. Previously a technical project leader at a medical device company, he leads the engineering and IT team and works with multinationals, government research agencies, universities and local companies to devise slick patent strategies.

Highly-recommended - Firms: prosecution

Australian-headquartered Spruson & Ferguson has a history of 130-plus years and has evolved into a leading IP attorney outfit across all major Asia-Pacific jurisdictions. Virtually all disciplines are strongholds of the technically versatile Hong Kong squad. Chemical and life science group leader Robert Jackson is the name to note. He relies on his valuable experience as in-house at the National University of Singapore to dish out commercially minded evaluation and drafting strategies to patrons and foreign associates.

Recommended - Firms: prosecution

With a rich history of more than 130 years and a network of offices in seven Southeast Asian jurisdictions, IP service provider Spruson & Ferguson is a prime destination for those seeking comprehensive regional assistance backed up by years of expertise. Cosmopolitan principal Ee Lin Soo meticulously handles patent drafting, prosecution and infringement actions, not only in Malaysia but across the ASEAN region. With a strong business acumen and a doctorate in biotechnology, she is a compelling choice for clients seeking multidimensional advice.

Gold - Firms: prosecution

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Bronze - Firms: litigation

Spruson & Ferguson is more than the country’s foremost prosecution shop – it has extended its reach to over 25 jurisdictions and provides comprehensive one-stop IP services across all its offices. With its growing presence across Asia-Pacific jurisdictions, the Australian contingent is now a go-to adviser for regional patent matters. Domestically, it frequently tops the Australian patent application charts, housing some of the best patent attorneys in their fields. As one of the only three outfits in the Australian chapter listed across all three ranking charts, the group simply has all bases covered. Anchoring the vast Spruson & Ferguson’s operations across the region is managing director Simon Potter. He is a recognised expert on HIV antiretroviral drug resistance and previously held key leadership positions as head of the life sciences team. Other scientifically adept stars include Michael Christie, Greg Whitehead, Guy Tucker, Daniel Sieveking, Elizabeth Barrett and Andrew Cale. Christie is recognised for his legal acumen and his technical expertise in biotechnology, whereas Whitehead has a proven track record of successfully drafting, prosecuting and defending patent and design rights for innovators in the field of mechanical engineering. Tucker brings valuable insight from his previous experience as a UK patent examiner. Drawing upon his vascular medicine PhD, Sieveking has all the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals patent matters on lock. Another crucial member of the chemical and life sciences team is Barrett, who holds a chemistry doctorate and is a percipient adviser on a wide range of pharmaceutical-related prosecution matters. Brisbane-based Cale steers the engineering and ICT team, specialising in the fields of ICT, signal and data processing, mechanical engineering, computer software and business methods. They are joined by IAM Patent 1000 newcomers Scott Philp and Mike Zammit. Philp brings a wealth of insight into drafting and prosecuting patent and design applications across a wide range of technology areas; whereas chemical engineering PhD Zammit succeeded Potter as the new national chemical/life sciences leader. On the disputes side are polished litigators Khajaque Kortian, Katrina Crooks and Duncan Longstaff. With over 28 years of experience in IP law, Kortian is known for finding pragmatic solutions to complex IP disputes. Previously captaining Shelston IP’s disputes department, Crooks has unrivalled litigious experience, especially in the field of life sciences and chemistry-related industries. Another ex-Shelston lawyer, Longstaff is an accomplished litigator with significant experience of high-value IP litigation before the Federal Court of Australia and High Court of Australia. Completing the line-up, Sylvie Tso operates the potent IP transactions team with aplomb. Tso has a flair for the fine print of IP licensing and due diligence, earning the loyalty of a slew of inventors, start-ups, universities and research institutions.

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With over 130 years in the business, offices in seven Asian jurisdictions, and a network of over 150 IP professionals, Spruson & Ferguson has a considerable regional foothold and cross-border capabilities. The outfit’s star-studded roster of clients includes several Fortune 500 companies. Cosmopolitan country director and patent head Marolita Setiati Anwar has copious experience in prosecution matters, from drafting to strategy and advice, especially for international players. Blending her background in industrial engineering and strong business acumen, she delivers commercially savvy solutions to complex technical cases that will satisfy the most demanding of patrons.

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