Patents 2017: Analysis
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.
|1. Penny Gilbert||Powell Gilbert, London|
|2. Sally Field||Bristows, London|
|3. Brian Cordery||Bristows, London|
|4. Thierry Calame||Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich|
|5. Sophie Rich||Herbert Smith Freehills, London|
|6. Andreas von Falck||Hogan Lovells, Düsseldorf|
|7. Liz Cohen||Bristows, London|
|8. Edward Nodder||Bristows, London|
|9. Klaus Ewald Madsen||Bech-Bruun, Copenhagen|
|10. Andrew Waugh QC||3 New Square, London|
BIRD & BIRD has the strongest pan-European network in terms of listings and offices recognised, with 27 lawyers hailing from 10 jurisdictions. The firm has an outstanding reputation and is regularly visible in significant technology and life sciences patent litigations in Europe.
Joint head of the international IP group Morag Macdonald is the highest-ranked individual at the firm with an esteemed patent litigation practice, particularly in the life sciences sector.
The “excellent” Jane Mutimear is highly endorsed for her patent litigation practice, often handling cross-border cases for international clients.
Neil Jenkins is “a go-to” for complex patent infringement cases and is known to have an impressive portfolio of pharmaceutical clients.
In Düsseldorf, head of the German IP group and joint co-head of the international group Christian Harmsen is renowned for his patent litigation practice, representing client in technical fields, including Electrolux, Ericsson and GlaxoSmithKline. “He is definitively a leading figure in the German market”, peers report.
Oliver Jan Jüngst also ranks highly among German patent litigators, with sources describing him as “very intelligent” and “technically astute”.
Bruno Vandermeulen heads the IP team in Brussels. He is known for handling both contentious and non-contentious patent matter and is particularly good on cross-border matters, with peers referring to him as “a very sophisticated practitioner” and “an excellent operator”.
Massimiliano Mostardini and Giovanni Galimberti head up one of the principal IP practices in Italy, handling both patent litigation and commercial patent transactions for technology and life sciences companies.
HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is a pan-European IP boutique forned by the 2015 merger between Hoyng Monegier and Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft, which created one of the most extensive and high-quality IP litigation practices in Europe.
Klaus Haft is one of the top patent litigators in both Germany and Europe. “He is technically excellent and a very intelligent individual,” according to respondents.
In Amsterdam, managing partner Willem Hoyng is one of the elder statesmen of European patent law. Sources sum up that “he is a heavy-hitter” and “an eminently respected practitioner in his field”.
In Paris, Benoît Strowel is well known for his patent litigation in the life sciences sector; as one peer remarks, “Strowel is really outstanding; a leader in his field.”
Steven Cattoor in Brussels is very active before the courts in technology and life sciences cases. He is ranked among the top three practitioners in the country, according to our research.
HOGAN LOVELLS has a prominent global practice in IP law and can count a number of the continent’s top lawyers in its network. The firm is particularly noted for its life sciences expertise.
Head of the international practice Andreas von Falck ranks as one of the very best practitioners in our research. He has an impressive client base of high-tech and life sciences companies whom he represents before the German and EU courts. Peers call him “intelligent, eloquent and very experienced”.
The “excellent” Stephen Bennett is known for handling complex cases in the life sciences sector. One source adds, “He is very personable and works seamlessly well with the client.”
BRISTOWS is a prominent player in the UK market that punches above its weight on the international scene. The firm’s practitioners come highly recommended, particularly for their work assisting innovative clients in the technology space, and include a number of thought leaders in our research.
Brian Cordery co-leads the patent litigation team at the firm and emerges as a highly rated operator in the European market, with a particular focus on patent litigation in the life sciences industry. Sources maintain that Cordery is a “terrific lawyer” and “great to work with”.
Fellow co-head Myles Jelf is an accomplished litigator with a strong track record acting for multinational telecommunications companies.
The “eminent” Sally Field draws widespread praise for her longstanding practice that has seen her act in many high-profile, cross-border patent disputes. She has considerable experience coordinating multi-jurisdictional litigation, particularly involving the UK and US.
Liz Cohen comes highly recommended by market sources, with one such interviewee maintaining, “She is extremely proactive and efficient in meeting a client’s goals. She demonstrates a high level of sophistication, understanding and expertise in the field.”
Senior partner Edward Nodder is a seasoned practitioner with over 35 years of experience representing clients in patent litigation. He has acted in over 100 cases relating to patents in a variety of fields, including electronics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices.
Dominic Adair is recognised for his “wealth of experience in cross-border litigation”. He regularly represents pharmaceutical clients in patent litigation before the High court, IPO and EPO.
8 NEW SQUARE maintains its position as one of the leading IP sets in the UK. It is the largest specialist IP chambers at the Bar and its silks are regularly instructed in the most complex and high-profile patent cases.
The “superb” Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC stands out for his wealth of experience in patent litigation, particularly in high-stakes pharmaceutical patent disputes.
One source considers Michael Tappin QC “an amazing advocate for technically complex cases” and “one of the top 10 patent litigators around”. He frequently acts on significant disputes involving pharmaceutical and biotechnology patents.
Daniel Alexander QC is an “excellent “silk who boasts over 20 years’ experience litigating complex patent cases in a wide variety of sectors.
The “brilliant” Richard Meade QC is regarded as “one of the most intelligent silks at the IP Bar”. He regularly acts for clients in complex cross-border patent cases.
Charlotte May QC is an accomplished IP specialist with a well-rounded practice and experience appearing before the IPO in difficult cases. According to sources, “She is a superb advocate and a real team player."
POWELL GILBERT is a well-established IP boutique with a reputation for excellence and consistency in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation.
Penny Gilbert is considered “one of the best and most experienced biotech patent litigators in the UK” by one respondent. Her sterling reputation is founded on her wealth of expertise in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. She is identified as the top lawyer in Europe by our research.
Fellow name partner Tim Powell is described as “one of the true stars of English patent litigation” by peers, who are effusive in their praise of his “excellent portfolio”.
Alex Wilson is another standout practitioner at the firm known for his extensive experience acting for clients in pharmaceutical and high technology patent disputes.
Magic circle powerhouse ALLEN & OVERY boasts a large and respected IP practice and offers clients strong capability in important jurisdictions worldwide.
In London, IP litigation practice head Nicola Dagg is an accomplished practitioner with a “strong name” in the market. She leads some of the firm’s most significant mandates in the UK and counts a number of major pharmaceuticals among her clients.
Life science specialist and recent lateral hire Marjan Noor focuses her practice on patent litigation and has significant experience acting for clients before both the UK courts and the CJEU.
Marc Döring is an accomplished patent litigator with a wealth of experience across the life sciences, high technology and chemical sectors among others.
Laëtitia Bénard leads the firm’s IP offering in Paris and is co-head of the global life sciences group. She is an internationally renowned practitioner with a strong track record acting for pharmaceutical innovators.
Munich’s Joachim Feldges is a veteran practitioner with a longstanding patent litigation practice that has seen him coordinate cross-border patent disputes relating to patent infringement and validity. He also has significant experience in alternative dispute resolution, both mediation and arbitration, in connection with patent disputes.
GOWLING WLG is highlighted as a leading force in patent work on both sides of the Atlantic. The firm’s deep bench in the UK and Russia garners a fantastic reputation for international patent work.
In London, IP practice co-head Gordon Harris is an internationally renowned practitioner who is well known for acting for both infringees and alleged infringers in disputes before the UK and European courts.
Technology patent litigation head David Barron is known for his proficiency in complex, cross-border patent litigation, particularly in the technology space. He is also well versed in patent-related arbitration.
Alexandra Brodie chairs the UK offering’s technology sector and enjoys widespread acclaim for her extensive experience litigating telecommunications patent disputes.
Paul Inman is an experienced practitioner known for his significant expertise in life sciences patent disputes, particularly cases involving infringement and revocation.
In the firm’s Moscow office, Vladislav Ugryumov is singled out for an impressive practice that sees him represent life sciences clients in both patent litigation and prosecution matters.
Special counsel Vladimir Dementiev is known for his pioneering role in patent law and regulatory practices in the Russian Federation. He specialises in patent protection and is also a registered patent attorney.
The “superb” David Aylen is well known in the market and regularly assists domestic and international clients with patent matters in Russia and abroad.
Alexander Christophoroff has extensive experience representing clients in patent litigation and prosecution before the Russian courts and the Russian Patent and Trademark Office.
Specialised IP chambers 3 NEW SQUARE is home to an impressive group of barristers known for their experience acting in patent infringement and revocation proceedings before the UK courts. We list five of the top silks.
Andrew Waugh QC is a hugely respected practitioner with a well-established contentious patent practice covering chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological patents.
Justin Turner QC comes highly recommended by market commentators thanks to his impressive IP practice that sees him handle a number of high-profile patent disputes. He is particularly proficient in biotechnology matters.
Tom Mitcheson QC is a notable practitioner with a strong track record in high-profile contentious patent matters. Sources claim he is “deservedly respected”.
HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS is home to an excellent patent practice known for its particular proficiency in life sciences and TMT patent litigation.
Sophie Rich is a patent law specialist with vast experience advising major pharmaceutical clients on contentious patent issues and multi-jurisdictional enforcement actions. She is considered “an exceptional litigator” by market sources.
Sebastian Moore, a “prominent force” in UK patent litigation and impresses peers with his practice that sees him advise clients such as Gilead, Sanofi and Takeda on contentious matters.
International heavyweight TAYLOR WESSING boasts a respected integrated IP and information technology practice with over 150 lawyers worldwide advising on patent litigation and transactional issues. Nine of its European team are recommended.
In London, patent group head Nigel Stoate is “one of the go-to lawyers for complex pharmaceutical patent litigation” and is well-versed in multi-jurisdictional cases, as well as cases before the EPO.
“Heavy hitter” James Marshall is described as “one of the firm’s key litigators” by market sources. He regularly acts for telecommunications, biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients in complex patent disputes and boasts significant experience handling patent transactions.
French patent litigation boutique VÉRON & ASSOCIÉS is a leading player in the European market with a number of respected lawyers handling the full range of contentious patent matters.
Founder Pierre Véron is a distinguished player with an excellent reputation in the French market. He offers clients over 20 years’ experience in patent litigation and has a deep knowledge of the procedures of the UPC.
The “outstanding” Sabine Agé draws the highest number of nominations at the firm and is also regarded as France’s top patent lawyer by our research. Her impressive practice covers patent litigation across a diverse array of fields, including telecoms, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and mechanics among others.
Amandine Métier is highly rated in Europe thanks to her impressive practice covering patent ownership, validity and infringement litigation.
BRINKHOF NV’s patent practice stands out in the Netherlands. The firm’s team is particularly impressive handling patent infringement cases across a range of industries, life sciences and food.
The “eminent” Richard Ebbink emerges as one of the country’s principal patent litigators and is renowned for his proficiency in cross-border patent litigation.
Mark van Gardingen is a respected patent litigator with extensive experience representing clients at both a domestic and European level. Respondents consider him “an obvious inclusion”.
Sources are effusive in their praise of Daan de Lange: “He is a truly excellent practitioner who is one of my top go-to lawyers in Europe.” He is particularly well known for his pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent expertise.
PLESNER continues to impress in our research, emerging as the leading player in the Danish market for patent work. The firm sees three of its team recognised in the following pages.
“IP statesman” Peter-Ulrik Plesner is considered “a prominent and renowned force in the market” by peers. He is particularly well known for his wealth of expertise relating to pharmaceutical patents and boasts a strong track record acting for pharmaceutical majors in patent litigation.
Sture Rygaard comes highly rated for his impressive IP practice that sees him represent a number of leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. As one respondent maintains, “He is practical, ethical, hardworking, intelligent and thoughtful."
The “excellent” Mikkel Vittrup is regarded as a market stalwart with a well-established patent practice focusing on the life sciences industry.
Rainer Hilli of leading Finnish firm ROSCHIER ATTORNEYS is considered “the best patent lawyer in Finland” by market sources. He heads the firm’s IP practice and has extensive experience handling both domestic and cross-border patent disputes.
Interviewees warmly endorse Johanna Lilja for her “super-smart, personable and professional manner” as well as her “innate understanding of the right path to take”. She is particularly well known as an adept pharmaceutical patent litigator, but also has considerable experience representing high technology and shipping clients.
Mikael Segercrantz is also recommended for his proficiency in the area.
Swiss full-service firm LENZ & STAEHELIN is home to two outstanding practitioners, including one of the most highly regarded practitioners in Europe.
Thierry Calame is considered “one of the most experienced patent lawyers in the country” by market commentators. According to another source, “He is a smart and experienced litigator with a strong technical background.”
The “excellent” Lara Dorigo is highlighted for her extensive expertise in pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent litigation.
CLIFFORD CHANCE’s Miquel Montañá draws widespread praise from market commentators. One describes him as “one of the top IP lawyers in Spain” while another maintains, “He is simply the best for life sciences patents.”
Joining him in the firm’s Barcelona office is Isabel Carulla who is also recommended for her experience in patent disputes.
At SIMMONS & SIMMONS, the “eminent” Rowan Freeland heads the firm’s IP practice in London and boasts a fantastic reputation, thanks to his depth of expertise coordinating pan-European patent disputes.
Impressive junior partner Scott Parker is considered “great to work with” and known for possessing “good business judgement”. His broad IP practice covers both contentious and non-contentious issues, but he is particularly adept when handling life sciences-related patent litigation.
The “eminent” Christian Gassauer-Fleissner at his own firm, GASSAUER-FLEISSNER RECHTSANWÄLTE, is an internationally renowned patent litigator and the most-nominated Austrian lawyer in this year’s research. Respondents consider him “a highly specialised senior statesman”.
MIKHAILYUK SOROKOLAT & PARTNERS’s founder Valentin Mikhailyuk draws praise for his comprehensive patent expertise that features a particular focus on patent protection issues in a Eurasian context. Respondents say, “We were impressed with his reactiveness, detail-oriented approach to day-to-day operations and his delivery of expert advice.”
At BECH-BRUUN in Copenhagen, patent specialist Klaus Ewald Madsen is a prominent figure in the market who is “persistent and practical” and “held in the highest regard” by peers. He is often involved in pharmaceutical patent disputes, counting a number of generics among his client base.
Newly merged ARNOLD & PORTER KAYE SCHOLER is home to the highly rated Christopher Stothers who is commended for “his excellent portfolio of clients” and strong track record in leading patent disputes. One source declares, “He’s going to be a big name in the future.”
OLSWANG’s Michael Burdon heads the firm’s IP litigation department and is particularly adept in the biotechnology space. Sources consider him “a tenacious practitioner who really gets his teeth into things”.
At LINKLATERS, market fixture Nigel Jones is recommended thanks to his extensive experience assisting a “loyal client base” of multinationals with the coordination of their cross-border patent needs.
BA-HR’s Are Stenvik is considered an “excellent” practitioner by market sources thanks to his longstanding experience handling patent disputes in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology spaces.
At TREVISAN & CUONZO AVVOCATI, co-founding partner Gabriel Cuonzo is confirmed as Italy’s leading patent specialist by our research, with sources describing him as “one of the top practitioners in Europe”.
FIELDFISHER’s Diana Sternfeld earns warm praise from sources across our research. She is considered “a skilled litigator” with a “strong client base in the life sciences industry”.
|1. Morgan Chu||Irell & Manella, Los Angeles|
|2. Mark Lemley||Durie Tangri, San Francisco|
|3. Daralyn Durie||Durie Tangri, San Francisco|
|4. John M Desmarais||Desmarais LLP, New York|
|5. Ronald Dimock||DLA Piper, Toronto|
|6. Juanita R Brooks||Fish & Richardson, San Diego|
|7. Donald Dunner||Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, Washington, DC|
|8. Harry Radomski||Goodmans, Toronto|
FISH & RICHARDSON is a leading international IP boutique with an excellent reputation in the US market.
In San Diego, the “excellent” Juanita Brooks is described as “a leader in the field” by interviewees. She often appears in high-profile patent disputes and has extensive experience managing and coordinating national litigation.
In Boston, Frank Porcelli co-chairs the firm’s appellate group and is particularly well regarded for his skill in appellate matters.
Sources are quick to praise Frank Scherkenbach, who is regarded as “one of the top IP lawyers in Massachusetts”.
FINNEGAN HENDERSON FARABOW GARRETT & DUNNER is a leading international IP boutique offering clients full-service legal and technical expertise across a range of industry sectors and technological spaces. The firm is particularly strong in its home jurisdiction of the US, and boasts listings from its Reston, Palo Alto and Washington, DC offices.
Name partner Donald Dunner is “a really big name” in the US market with a “fantastic appellate reputation at the federal level”. His patent practice encompasses the full range of work, including prosecution, licensing matters, litigation and counselling.
According to sources, J Michael Jakes is “one of the top IP and appellate lawyers in DC”. He is known for his considerable experience serving as lead counsel on patent litigation and arbitration across a wide range of industries.
Thomas Irving, a longstanding fixture of the US IP bar, is known for his expertise advising pharmaceutical clients on AIA post-grant proceedings.
Reston’s Charles Lipsey is deemed an obvious inclusion by respondents thanks to his strong reputation in patent infringement litigation, particularly on cases involving the life sciences industries.
Michael Elmer out of the firm’s Palo Alto office is a veteran IP litigator known for his expertise in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation.
Trial specialist firm QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN is considered a go-to firm for “bet the company” patent litigation taking place in an international context.
National IP litigation co-chair Charles Verhoeven, a respected member of the Californian IP community, has notable experience representing prominent mobile phone manufacturers in patent cases brought by Apple and Microsoft. One market source deems him “a very fine lawyer”.
In New York, fellow co-chair Edward DeFranco is recognised for his significant experience representing clients in patent infringement cases involving smartphones and telecommunications, microprocessors and consumer electronics among others.
GOWLING WLG sees four practitioners selected.
In Ottawa, Christopher Van Barr is one of Canada’s leading patent litigators, with considerable experience representing clients in complex patent disputes across a range of industry sectors.
Patrick Stewart Smith leads the Calgary office’s IP group and draws praise for his “excellent courtroom skills” and personable manner. He boasts an enviable client roster which includes the likes of Pfizer, Merck, Allergan, Bayer and Amgen.
IP litigation and strategy group leader Anthony Creber is a distinguished player in the market known for his long-standing practice covering patent infringement litigation in the life sciences sector. He is considered “a formidable opponent” by sources.
Vancouver’s Scott Foster is a contentious IP specialist with a wealth of experience representing clients in cross-border patent disputes.
Respected litigation boutique DURIE TANGRI fares well in this year’s research, seeing a number of its patent litigators identified as leaders in the field by their peers. The firm represents leading corporates such as Genentech and Guidewire Software in high stakes litigation.
Mark Lemley is an internationally renowned patent specialist and a major player in the US market. As one respondent offers, “He combines very deep academic credentials with a strong litigation background.”
The “tremendous” Daralyn Durie is considered “an undoubted leader in the field”. She regularly handles complex patent litigation in both a domestic and international context and counts the likes of Netflix, Twitter and Genentech among her enviable list of clients.
Ragesh Tangri is described as “an excellent litigator” by market sources. He possesses extensive experience representing Fortune 100 companies in high-stakes patent disputes.
Sources regard Clement Roberts as “one of the best lawyers in the US at acting for high-technology and media companies”. He represents clients before state and federal courts, as well as various arbitration panels.
KIRKLAND & ELLIS’s longstanding IP practice is a highly respected and comprehensive outfit in the US market with offices across the country assisting major clients involved in challenging patent litigation.
In New York, Leora Ben-Ami is considered an “obvious inclusion” thanks to her “fantastic reputation”. According to sources, “She has been doing this since the dawn of technology and has since made a fantastic name for herself in the biopharma space.”
Sources describe Gregory Arovas as “a first-rate IP trial lawyer”. He is particularly proficient at handling patent disputes for high-tech clients.
Kenneth Adamo boasts a “wonderful reputation” in the US market thanks to his extensive experience before state and federal courts, the USITC and the USPTO.
Morgan Chu of IRELL & MANELLA enjoys widespread adulation in this year’s research, impressing peers worldwide and topping our listings for the Americas. According to one interviewee, “He is a great trial lawyer with an excellent reputation and glittering track record in high profile patent litigation cases.”
PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON’s “definite high-flyer” Nicholas Groombridge emerges as one of the most highly nominated individuals in North America. A distinguished patent litigator with 25 years’ experience, Groombridge regularly appears in high-profile patent litigation across a wide range of technical areas.
DLA PIPER’s Toronto office is home to the “highly rated” Ronald Dimock. Dimock, a seasoned IP disputes specialist with over 40 years’ experience in the field, is considered “one of Canada’s top litigators” by market commentators.
Alongside him, Angela Furlanetto and Canadian IP and technology practice co-chair Bruce Stratton are also recognised for their prominence in the domestic market.
At WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR, the “eminent” William Lee is renowned for his long-standing excellence in the US patent space. According to one source, “He is one of the country’s foremost intellectual property and commercial appellate lawyers with almost unrivalled experience on some of the leading international patent cases.”
John Desmarais at his own firm, DESMARAIS, is described as a “terrific practitioner” who has built a fantastic practice in New York. He is an experienced litigator with over 25 years’ experience in private practice and public service, regularly appearing in leading patent infringement cases.
Thought leader Harry Radomski at GOODMANS in Toronto is widely regarded as “one of the best patent litigators in Canada”. He has 40 years of experience advising and representing clients in the area.
Otto Licks of LICKS ATTORNEYS is considered “one of the best patent specialists in Brazil” and is particularly well known for his international patent practice that sees him advise and represent multinational clients across various industries.
At leading Argentinian firm MARVAL O'FARRELL & MAIRAL, the “eminent” Miguel O'Farrell is a stand-out patent litigator who market commentators “think the world of”.
SÁNCHEZ PEDRAZA ESCALANTE COTO Y FIGUEROA’s name partner Gilberto Sanchez draws widespread praise from clients: “He offers good-quality, sensible and practical advice including a straightforward explanation of the issues and all the possible options.”
John Ryan-Lussich of RYAN-LUSSICH ABOGADOS is a client favourite recommended for his “extensive experience dealing with the Argentinian authorities, deep understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and the ability that he and his team have developed to efficiently prosecute patent applications”.
|1. Sarah Matheson||Allens, Melbourne|
|2. Grant Fisher||Ashurst, Melbourne|
|3. Eiji Katayama||Abe Ikubo & Katayama, Tokyo|
ASHURST’s Grant Fisher is a big name in the Australian market with a long-standing patent practice focusing on non-contentious advice. He also handles oppositions, infringement and revocation proceedings before the relevant authorities and federal courts.
The “top-notch” Sarah Matheson is one of three singled out for praise at ALLENS. She regularly advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious patent issues and is particularly well known for her expertise in patent infringement and validity litigation.
At ABE IKUBO & KATAYAMA, name partner Eiji Katayama is a standout patent litigator in the Japanese market. According to interviewees, he is renowned for his “ability to see the bigger picture” and his “strong technical background”.
The “excellent” Christian Dimitriadis SC of NIGEL BOWEN CHAMBERS boasts an impressive practice that sees him appear before the Australian courts and Australian Patent Office in significant patent disputes.
AICKIN CHAMBERS’ Bruce Caine SC is recognised for his proficiency handling complex technological patents. According to one respondent, “He is practical, effective, technically capable and commercial.”
At HOGAN LOVELLS in Shanghai, William (Skip) Fisher draws praise for his “tireless work ethic” and “wealth of US patent litigation experience”. He regularly assists US, Asian and European clients with both contentious and non-contentious patent matters.
ANAND AND ANAND’s Pravin Anand is a prominent figure in the Indian IP market with a well-established and respected patent practice covering high-stakes patent disputes and advisory work.
Leading Korean law firm KIM & CHANG is home to Kenneth Cho who is widely considered the country’s leading patent expert. Cho is a US-qualified attorney who handles patent litigation, licensing and counselling.