In this edition, we select 851 patent lawyers across 63 jurisdictions. The vast majority of listed lawyers are based in Europe or North America, although this year saw growth in the number of listings from Asia-Pacific and South America. Below we highlight some of the most highly regarded law firms and individuals from these regions.
In this third edition of Who’s Who Legal: Patents, we are pleased to present our comprehensive analysis of the world’s leading patent agents who regularly advise and assist clients with the preparation and filing of patent applications, portfolio management and handle prosecution before the relevant patent offices. We recognise 305 agents from 174 firms across 32 countries. Marks & Clerk once again leads the way in terms of total number of nominations. Gowling WLG stands out in North America, with Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh, Kilburn & Strode and Bird & Bird continuing to impress.
China and the Global Patent Landscape
Among the many trends currently influencing the practice of patent law, the growing commercial and economic appreciation of IP rights is particularly influential. A highly competitive knowledge-based global economy has led to an increasingly sophisticated attitude towards the importance of securing and protecting inventions, which is driving positive governmental policymaking and patent activity, particularly among multinational companies. In the last few years, China, the world’s second-largest economy, has been championing IP rights, which is beginning to change the face of the global patent market.
785 practitioners from 399 firms are identified as the leading practitioners active in construction law worldwide. They handle a range of matters, from contentious disputes requiring resolution in national courts or international arbitration, to contractual and regulatory issues requiring specialist expertise. The leading practitioners in each region are highlighted in turn below.
For the third time, we also identify the leading construction experts, who provide assistance to clients as expert witnesses in major construction litigation as well as advising on an array of quantum and delay issues.
This year, 128 individuals from over 50 firms are highlighted for their exceptional expertise in the sector.
HKA remains the foremost firm in the field, achieving an impressive 24 listings across Europe, Asia and the US. Other global construction specialists include FTI Consulting and Navigant Consulting who also perform well in this edition. Both firms are noted for their expertise throughout North America, Asia and EMEA, illustrating their strong international presence.
In this chapter we recognise 31 of the country’s premier trademarks specialists. The featured lawyers have a proven track record of advising and representing companies from a wide range of industry sectors on trademark portfolio management, infringement proceedings, anti-counterfeiting and domain names.
In this chapter, we feature five of the country’s leading practitioners covering international trade, export control and customs law issues.
In this chapter we recognise 24 project finance experts who are renowned in the market for their expertise and experience advising sponsors and lenders on major project financing and refinancing transactions. The featured lawyers advise on major public infrastructure projects as well as enterprises in the energy, natural resources, telecoms, water, hospitality and healthcare sectors.
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