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Patent Agents 2017: Analysis

For the third time we are pleased to present our comprehensive analysis of the world’s leading patent agents and 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.

EMEA

Thought Leaders
1. Rohan Setna Boult Wade Tennant, London
2. Jakob Pade Frederiksen Inspicos, Copenhagen
3. Ulla Klinge Inspicos, Copenhagen
4. Hugh Goodfellow Carpmaels & Ransford, London

KILBURN & STRODE is a leading European patent and trademark firm known for its bespoke service and wealth of experience handling complex patent prosecution and portfolio management. The firm sees five of its agents mentioned in this section.
Firm chairman Gwilym Roberts stands out for his extensive patent expertise. As one source notes, “He is an extremely user-friendly and commercially minded patent attorney.”
Nick Bassil is an experienced patent agent known for his proficiency handling patent applications in the pharmacology and biochemical spaces. He assists clients in drafting applications, filing strategies and opposition proceedings.
The “outstanding” Kristina Cornish is recognised for her wealth of experience in the life sciences sector. According to one client, “She is simply top class.”

HOFFMANN EITLE sees five of its patent attorneys recognised in this section. The firm’s complement of practitioners draft, prosecute patent applications before the European Patent Office (EPO) and national fora, enforce IP rights and assist clients with portfolio management.
Thorsten Bausch is a “great agent” who specialises in the prosecution and enforcement of chemical patents before the German Patent Office and EPO.
Morten Garberg focuses his practice on examination, opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO. He is particularly active in chemical patent work.
Joseph Taormino offers clients considerable experience in the biotechnology, food chemistry and pharmaceutical fields. He also assists clients with cross-border litigation and conducts due diligence of IP assets during M&A transactions.

INSPICOS is a leading Danish IP specialist known for its deep bench of patent attorneys and strong track record assisting clients with IP strategy and portfolio management. Four agents are recognised in this section, including two of our thought leaders.
Ulla Klinge is one of the foremost patent agents active in the Danish market. She boasts over 25 years of experience and is particularly adept when advising pharmaceutical clients in patent prosecution and litigation. According to one respondent, “She has a very professional and problem-solving attitude and forthcomingness in general.”
Jakob Pade Frederiksen is “without a doubt second to none among all patent attorneys in Denmark” according to sources who highlight his “great attention to detail,” “intelligence” and “knowledge of legal framework”.
Peter Hertling and Peter Koefoed complete the firm’s top-tier offering in Denmark.

CARPMAELS & RANSFORD is a leading European IP firm known for a large and well-developed life sciences offering that sees the firm’s agents handle patent work for some of the leading corporations in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology spaces. The firm garners four entries in this edition, with all nominees based in London.
Life sciences practice head Hugh Goodfellow is a prominent practitioner known for his significant experience in patent prosecution work before the EPO. According to one source, “he is always involved in high-profile cases” and is “highly knowledgeable and proactive”.
Cameron Marshall is considered “insightful and intelligent” and is known for his “high-quality work”. He regularly acts for biotech companies and blue-chip pharmaceutical clients in inter partes proceedings at the EPO.

International IP heavyweight BIRD & BIRD’s European is home to four recommended patent agents.
In Munich, Michael Alt is praised for his insight and expertise advising life sciences clients on patent enforcement and prosecution issues. He is also regularly called on to assist in cross-border infringement proceedings.
Antonella De Gregori out of the firm’s Milan office is a respected patent attorney with a strong track record in chemistry and pharmaceuticals. Her practice covers the full range of patent work, from filings to defending and opposing patents.

DANUBIA PATENT & LAW OFFICE’s managing partner Árpád Pethő is a well-known player in the Hungarian market. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution and litigation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.
Michael Lantos is one of three practitioners selected from the Hungarian IP firm. He is considered a “definite inclusion” by respondents who were quick to highlight his superior skills, particularly on mechanical patents.
The “excellent” Imre Molnar is particularly active on infringement cases for pharmaceutical clients.

Leading UK and European patent and trademark boutique J A KEMP is home to three excellent patent agents.
The “outstanding” Ravi Srinivasan is a prominent player in the market known for his considerable expertise advising a range of pharmaceutical clients, from start-ups to major multinationals.
Peers warmly endorse Sarah Roques for her “excellent opposition and appeal practice” which sees her regularly act before the EPO’s opposition division and boards of appeal.
Andrew Clark is another highly recommended practitioner at the firm. One client maintains, “He understands the way in which our patents relate to each other and our commercial imperatives. Andrew has a very high level of technical competence."

PLOUGMANN VINGTOFT is a respected European IP consultancy with a strong presence in the Danish market. The firm sees three of its patent agents listed in the following pages.
Kim Wagner heads the firm’s opposition and litigation team and is considered a “definite inclusion” thanks to his extensive experience acting for pharmaceutical patent holders and opposition at the EPO.
Senior patent attorney Michael Friis Sørensen boasts an impressive practice covering the full range of patent work, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications, as well as acting for clients at the EPO.
Peter Sørensen is an experienced patent attorney with a strong track record assisting clients active in the mechanics, electronics, physics, optics and chemical areas. 

International patent and trademark attorney firm MARKS & CLERK leads the way with 17 candidates listed in the following pages, including two out of the firm’s London office. The international network offers unrivalled strength in depth and regularly assist a wide range of clients in the full range of patent-related work including drafting and prosecution services, portfolio management and post-grant advice.
Ed Round is recognised for his insight and expertise relating to the patent protection of computer-related inventions, particularly in the defence and software spaces.
The “excellent” Angus Fairbairn is singled out for his extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and chemical areas.
Life sciences specialist Will Arends is praised for his impressive practice that sees him advise and act for a number of high-profile clients on patent drafting and prosecution issues, as well as filing and defending oppositions.

SEPPO LAINE’s Tord Langenskiöld is one of two individuals singled out for praise at the Finnish patent and trademark agency. According to market sources, “He is well known and respected by peers.”
Christoffer Sundman is an experienced patent agent with experience representing both patent holders and opposition in proceedings in Finland, Sweden and the EPO.

BOULT WADE TENNANT sees two of its agents selected for inclusion.
Rohan Setna comes highly regarded by the market thanks to his prowess handling patent work in the material science and material engineering fields.
Claire Baldock is also deemed worthy of inclusion on account of her proficiency handling life science-related patent work.

PAPULA-NEVINPAT’s Folke Johansson draws praise from peers and clients alike for his expertise in technological patents.

At SOCIETA ITALIANA BREVETTI, Claudio Germinario enjoys widespread praise from both peers and clients. According to one respondent, “Claudio is highly experienced in the practice of the EPO, having worked there, as well as in Italian law, and is very capable on opinion work.”


North America

Thought Leaders
1. Robert Storey Bereskin & Parr, Montreal
2. Konrad Sechley Gowling WLG, Vancouver

GOWLING WLG tops our research in the North American region, with the leading law and integrated patent agent practice boasting 12 listings across five of its Canadian offices. The firm’s team regularly assists both domestic and international clients and offers a comprehensive service that stands out in the market.
In Vancouver, Konrad Sechley emerges as one of the country’s premier patent agents. He is a seasoned attorney who offers clients over 20 years’ experience in the life sciences, chemical and cleantech industries.
Stephen Ferance is “a top-rated patent agent” with an active practice focusing on patent prosecution and portfolio management. One interviewee highlights his “great depth of legal knowledge”.
Brian Kingwell is a seasoned patent agent with a well-established practice focusing on patent prosecution and portfolio management for clients in the life sciences industries.
The “superb” James Longwell heads the firm’s IP department in Toronto and is commended for his significant experience advising clients in the information technology space.
Omar Nassif offers clients over 25 years of experience in patent matters and is particularly adept when handling international patent portfolios.
In Ottawa, Canadian IP litigation practice head Anthony Creber is a major player in the market with a longstanding patent litigation and prosecution practice.
Trevor Newton is well known in the market for his expertise in patent drafting and prosecution in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.
The “fantastic” Michael Crichton specialises in handling patent litigation and strategy in the mechanical, computer and information technology and communications spheres.
Kevin O’Neill focuses his practice on the prosecution of electrical and mechanical patents on behalf of a wide range of enviable clients, including Canadian high-technology and telecommunications companies.
Also in Ottawa, Kent Ledwell is a proficient patent agent known for his work assisting clients in the wireless communication, software and encryption technology spaces.
Peter Milne out of the firm’s Hamilton office is well-versed in patent prosecution issues and is particularly adept when handling patents relating to material sciences.
In the firm’s Calgary office, Doak Horne impresses market commentators with his considerable experience assisting clients in the preparation, filing and prosecution of patents.

SMART & BIGGAR/FETHERSTONHAUGH is Canada’s largest IP and technology boutique. Patent work forms a key competency at the firm and, as such, seven of the firm’s team from across its Canadian offices are selected for inclusion.
In Toronto, managing partner Ronald Faggetter is described as a “thoughtful and methodical agent” by one respondent. He is well known for his insight and expertise handling electrical and mechanical patents.
In Vancouver, John Knox specialises in the patent protection of IP in the electrical, electronic and computer science fields.
Christopher Robinson stands out for his market-leading patent practice. He is particularly adept when representing biotechnology and chemical companies.
Stephan Georgiev out of the firm’s Montreal office is a seasoned patent attorney known for his longstanding practice focusing on patent prosecution, portfolio growth and management. During 25 years of practice, he has prepared and prosecuted several hundred domestic and international patents.

At international IP boutique BERESKIN & PARR’s Toronto office, four lawyers are selected for inclusion. The firm is ideally placed to assist Canadian clients looking to protect and enforce their patents in the domestic and international market.
In Montreal, Robert Storey is considered one of the country’s go-to patent agents across a diverse array of industry sectors. According to market sources, “He is particularly methodical and very organised.”
In Toronto, managing partner Micheline Gravelle heads the firm’s life sciences group and regularly prepares and prosecutes patent applications, as well as assisting clients with IP due diligence.

MARKS & CLERK’s Ottawa office is home to four nominees.
The “fantastic” Ian Clark is a prominent figure in the Canadian market known for his expertise in the chemistry, pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields. He heads the patent prosecution practice and is registered to represent Canadian clients before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Grant Lynds’s impressive practice covers both patent prosecution and litigation, as well as patent portfolio management. He is a respected practitioner with deep industry experience in both the telecommunications and oil and gas sectors.

BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON is a prominent, domestic full-service firm with a well-established patent practice comprising of both lawyers and patent agents. We feature three of the firm’s nominees in this section.
In Calgary, Brett Slaney is praised on account of his outstanding practice that sees him counsel and act for clients in the software, electrical and mechanical fields. According to sources, he is “personable” and “highly respected”.
Santosh Chari out of the firm’s Toronto office is a well-established practitioner with over 20 years of experience in patent protection. “He is very easy to work with,” says one source.
John Orange is known for his longstanding practice advising Canadian companies in the mechanical and electrical industries on the management and enforcement of their patents.


Rest of the World

Thought Leaders
1. Mark Flint Marks & Clerk, Hong Kong
2. Yasuhiko Murayama Shiga International Patent Office, Tokyo
3. Kristian  Robinson Spruson & Ferguson, Singapore

MARKS & CLERK stands out as the leading offering in the Asia-Pacific region, boasting 10 inclusions.
In the firm’s Hong Kong office, Mike Flint is a senior and experienced patent agent according to sources. One respondent was quick to praise his “no-nonsense approach and strong technical background”.
Michael Lin is commended for his expertise in chemistry-related patents. A former in-house employee at Proctor & Gamble, Lin is well placed to understand client needs and the intricacies of complex chemical compounds.
In Kuala Lumpur, Chris Hemingway is described as an “extremely well-qualified attorney” and “stiff competition” by peers.
James Cleeve out of the firm’s Beijing office is commended for his wealth of international experience that has seen him assist clients in the UK, Singapore and China on patent issues.
In Singapore, Jim Greene-Kelly is a seasoned patent attorney with over 30 years of experience advising clients on patent applications and protection across a wide variety of electrical, mechanical and digital fields.

SPRUSON & FERGUSON’s Kristian  Robinson is one of three patent attorneys singled out for praise at the firm. Robinson heads the firm’s chemistry and life sciences group in Asia and is known for his considerable experience represent clients in patent revocation proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.

At SHIGA INTERNATIONAL PATENT OFFICE, Yasuhiko Murayama is one of the foremost patent attorneys active in the Japanese market. He is known for his expertise in the software, electrical engineering and electronics areas and he also assists clients with patent searches.

GOWLING WLG’s Jian Xu heads the firm’s IP practice in China and is a prominent player in the Chinese market. He is particularly well known for his expertise in the chemistry and life science industries.

At AROCHI & LINDNER in Mexico City, Juan Rodrigo Pimentel heads the firm’s patent prosecution team. He is well versed with both domestic and international patents, regularly providing clients with advice on patent portfolio management and development, technology transfer and patent metrics.

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