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Silver - Individuals: litigation
Boutique Liad Whatstein & Co is a force to be reckoned with in Israel, thanks to founding partner Liad Whatstein, whose IP litigation achievements are the stuff of legend. “Liad is a name to be respected and is definitely the top litigator in Israel for patent-related disputes. His dedication to clients, his knowledge and experience in litigating complex issues, and his ability to see the bigger picture are second to none.” When Novartis faced opposition action with respect to its patents covering the dosing regimen via its Exelon transdermal patch for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Whatstein’s forensic cross-examination of the other side’s experts resulted in withdrawal of the opposition. Pharmaceutical giants such as Pfizer, Merck, Sanofi and Takeda entrust him with their most fraught disputes, confident that “his understanding of the complex Israeli system is unmatched”. “Liad is extremely adept at predicting what the aims and objectives of the opposing party are, and how to best handle them in a tactful manner. He is a quick and strategic thinker, with the ability to take decisive action when the occasion presents itself.” His confidante Amira Mangelus has gained mastery over the elaborate system for obtaining patent term extension in Israel – a service that she and her team provide to a host of leading pharmaceutical companies.