Patent Agents & Attorneys 2018: Analysis

For the fourth time, we are pleased to present our comprehensive analysis of the world’s leading patent agents, recognising 322 agents from over 170 firms across 42 countries.

Carpmaels & Ransford and Kilburn & Strode lead the way in the European market. Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh stands out in North America, with Gowling WLG also continuing to impress. Marks & Clerk performs well internationally.

 

EMEA

Thought Leaders
1. Kristina Cornish Kilburn & Strode, London
2. Jakob Pade Frederiksen Inspicos, Copenhagen
3. Cameron Marshall Carpmaels & Ransford, London
4. Hugh Goodfellow Carpmaels & Ransford, London
5. Daniel Alge SONN & PARTNER Patentanwälte, Vienna
The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field. 
 

Leading Firms

Long-standing life sciences IP specialist CARPMAELS & RANSFORD sees six leading figures recommended.
Cameron Marshall is an esteemed name in patent prosecution and is well known for his strategic thinking and in-depth knowledge. He is regarded as “one of the best opposition practitioners” who “stands out in the market and always does a good job”.
The “excellent” Hugh Goodfellow has “a very good reputation in the market”, say interviewees. He has extensive experience advising innovator companies on protecting their products and frequently handles oppositions and appeals at European level.
Edward Oates is a well-known name in pharmaceuticals patents and has expertise of numerous products across a variety of markets.
James Warner has a strong reputation for his work on medicinal chemistry inventions where he has developed a strong practice. He has significant experience in conducting multi-opponent opposition proceedings on a Europe-wide scale.

A leading firm in the European market, KILBURN & STRODE achieves six listings this year.
Kristina Cornish, a standout figure in the market, is highly regarded for her expert handling of patent portfolios for leading clients in the life sciences and chemistry space. One source comments, “Kristina is a big name in the biotech sphere.”
The “high-profile” Gwilym Roberts advises on the whole gamut of the patent process including filing strategies, portfolio management and IP audit and capture.
Richard Howson possesses extensive knowledge and expertise of mechanical and electrical patents, particularly in the automotive and aerospace sectors. One source says, “Richard is very approachable and he always handles clients' needs and expectations meticulously.”
Nick Bassil is a top name in the field of cell and molecular biology-related patents and has considerable experience handling European portfolios.

Nottingham-based POTTER CLARKSON is “a go-to firm for strategic patent litigation” and sees five patent agents recommended.
Seasoned practitioner Richard Bassett is “an elder statesman” and “a star” according to peers. He is highly experienced in the world of patents for corporate entities, particularly in the pharmaceuticals sector. Timothy Powell is recommended for his work in metallurgy, consumer goods, electronic components and optics where he draws on over 30 years of experience.
The “outstanding” Stephanie Pilkington is a well-regarded name on prosecution and oppositions at the European Patent Office.

HOFFMANN EITLE in Germany sees five practitioners listed.
Thorsten Bausch is one of the most distinguished patent attorneys in the market on chemical patents. He is an expert on cross-border and national litigation and is highly experienced in prosecution and opposition matters.
Morten Garberg is well known for his in-depth knowledge and experience of examination, opposition and appeal proceedings. His work in the field of chemistry is very highly respected.
Peter Klusmann has long-standing experience of handling opposition and appeal proceedings before the European and German Patent Offices and is “always a strong opponent in litigation”, say peers.

Four leading names are recognised at INSPICOS in Denmark.
Ulla Klinge is a renowned patent attorney with a strong presence across Europe. She is a dynamic mind on patent enforcement in the fields of chemistry and pharmaceuticals where she represents a raft of Danish corporations.
Jakob Pade Frederiksen draws on over two decades of expertise in IP and is thoroughly experienced in oppositions and appeals before the EPO.

GILL JENNINGS & EVERY achieves four listings.
The “very talented” Peter Finnie is well respected for his expertise across the fields of technology, telecommunications and medical devices. One respondent says, “Peter is worthy of recognition for his work in the field.”
Arnie Clarke is recommended for his expertise in life sciences where he is frequently instructed by high-end pharmaceutical companies on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Leader in the Austrian market SONN & PARTNER PATENTANWÄLTE sees three patent attorneys listed.
Daniel Alge frequently represents his clients in prosecution and enforcement matters where he is “one of the best in Austria”. He also has experience sitting as an expert judge in patent litigation and is widely regarded as a go-to name in the field of biochemistry.
Helmut Sonn is an expert in the protection of industrial property rights. He has in-depth knowledge of licensing and remuneration agreements and is described by one source as “the grand seigneur of the Austrian patent community”.
Peter Pawloy is a go-to name on application procedures and litigation and has a strong understanding of supplementary protection certificates.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER has a strong presence across Europe and a reputation as a specialist patents outfit. Three of its top practitioners are recommended.
Jeroen den Hartog is highly knowledgeable on patent-granting procedures, oppositions and infringement procedures and is recognised as an authority in the Dutch market.
David Owen receives widespread praise for his expertise in the fields of electronics and telecommunications, where he is frequently instructed on matters of validity, patentability and infringement.
Christopher Pierce is a go-to name on patent procurement. He focuses specifically on British and European patent filings and applications.

PLOUGMANN VINGTOFT in Denmark sees three top-ranking practitioners recognised.
Kim Wagner is “very highly regarded” in the industry for his expertise in chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He is a leading name on opposition and litigation proceedings in Denmark.
Peter Sørensen is a rising star in the field and has extensive knowledge of prosecution and infringements in the mechanical, electronic and technological sectors.
Michael Friis Sørensen frequently represents clients in IPR conflicts, including litigation, and is widely respected for his extensive experience and his skills in oral proceedings before the EPO.

Three top names are listed at BOULT WADE TENNANT.
Nina White heads the firm’s biotechnology group and is widely renowned for her work in the field. She also works with start-ups, spin-outs and SMEs and is “highly sought after for opinion work”.
Rohan Setna is a well-known name in patents in the materials field. He is recognised for his great work on opposition and appeal statements and his experience of presenting cases at oral proceedings all the way up to the EPO.
The “excellent” Neil Thomson is a go-to adviser on mechanical and civil engineering matters and has long-standing experience in complex filings and prosecutions..

Two top names are recognised at BUZZI NOTARO & ANTONIELLI D'OULX.
Luciano Bosotti has over 40 years of experience in patent prosecution and litigation. One source says, “Luciano has deep technical knowledge of very complex issues in the patents field.”
Franco Buzzi is an esteemed figure in the Italian market with over 40 years of experience in patents drafting and litigation.

German firm DF-MP sees two leading attorneys listed.
Founding partner Ulrich Dörries is a widely respected name in patent infringement and validity opinions. One source says, “He is excellent in court and very experienced in pharma matters.”
David Molnia is widely experienced in patents in the electronics and mechanical sectors where he is frequently instructed on matters of prosecution, opposition and litigation.

PURDYLUCEY in Dublin achieves two listings.
Michael Lucey is a top name in patents drafting and prosecution in the electronics, software and telecoms sectors amongst others. He acts for high-end clients as well as SMEs.
Barry Purdy is a real player in the market and is well regarded for his long-standing experience in drafting and prosecution in the biotechnology and life sciences fields.

Two practitioners are recognised at REINHOLD COHN GROUP, the largest and most long-standing IP firm in Israel.
Ilan Cohn is recognised as a superb practitioner in the IP and patents field where he often advises investors, companies and entrepreneurs.
Ehud Hausman is “a very notable name in patents” and is frequently instructed for his expertise in patents for high-tech firms, including those specialising in software, hardware and electronics.

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.
 

DANUBIA PATENT & LAW OFFICE in Hungary achieves three listings.
Michael Lantos is one of the most distinguished figures in the Hungarian patents market. He has over 20 years of experience in litigation and has been a part of several leading cases in the Hungarian courts.

Three practitioners are recognised at REDDIE & GROSE.
The “excellent” Aidan Robson is highly respected for his work in prosecution and opposition matters for clients in the electronics and technology space. He is also recommended as “an expert in physics”.

Denmark

Mikkel Bender of COPA: COPENHAGEN PATENTS receives high praise for his work in the life sciences sector and is regarded as one of Denmark’s leading patent attorneys.

HØIBERG name partner Susanne Høiberg is a leading light in IPR and patent strategy in biotechnology. One source says, “Susanne is a highly experienced patent attorney with deep experience.”

Israel

LUZZATTO & LUZZATTO PATENT ATTORNEYS’ founding partner Kfir Luzzatto is a dynamic and effective patent attorney with in-depth experience of IP litigation.

North America

Thought Leaders
1. Stephen Perry PCK PERRY + CURRIER, Toronto
2. Konrad A Sechley GOWLING WLG, Vancouver

Leading Firms

SMART & BIGGAR/FETHERSTONHAUGH emerges as the leading firm in Canada, with eight patent agents recommended.
John Knox is a leading light in patent protection for electronic and computer-related products. He has over 25 years of experience as a patent agent.
Christopher Robinson is a leading name in patent procurement in Canada. He is highly esteemed for his work with biotechnology and chemical companies, including biologics and agriculture.
David Schwartz is frequently instructed by start-ups, new ventures, government organisations and multinational corporations. He is widely respected throughout the market.

Seven leading figures are recognised at GOWLING WLG.
Konrad Sechley receives widespread praise for his work in the life sciences sector where he is an authority on patent prosecution. He has an in-depth knowledge of the sector in US, Canada and internationally.
James Longwell is a top name on computer and information technology. He frequently advises start-ups, small business and corporate entities on procurement matters.
Stephen Ferance has over 20 years of experience in patent prosecution and portfolio management where he is widely respected for his work and his in-depth knowledge.

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT achieves two listings.
Anna Wilkinson is recognised for her ability to manage international portfolios and her strong expertise in intellectual property rights.
Alexandra Daoud is a go-to figure in IT and electronics patents. She has long-standing experience in patents drafting and prosecution.

 Other Leading Individuals

Canada

Stephen Perry of PCK is one of Canada’s leading authorities on international patent and design issues. He receives praise for his “vast knowledge of Canadian IP law” and his efficiency and ability to quickly analyse the situation and determine the best plan of action for the client.

Roseann Caldwell at BENNETT JONES receives accolades for her patent procurement and enforcement work in the field of mechanical, chemical and biochemical technology.

Rest of the World

Leading Firms

MARKS & CLERK sees 10 patent agents listed across the region including Singapore, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.
Upasana Patel in Singapore is one of the leading minds in pharmaceutical and technological patents. One respondent says, “Upasana is knowledgeable, intelligent and solutions-oriented. She provides a fast response and solid advice on prosecution strategy and pays attention to the finer details."
The “excellent” Mike Flint in Hong Kong receives widespread praise for his work in patent drafting and prosecution in the electronics, electrical and telecommunications sectors. He is also regarded as an effective handler of contentious matters.
Michael Lin in Beijing is frequently instructed to handle pan-Asian matters for multinational corporations including drafting, prosecution and strategies.
Philip McMillan in Hong Kong is a dynamic patent attorney with expertise in the mechanical and manufacturing sectors.
Eric Lam in Hong Kong is widely respected for his technical expertise and his longstanding experience as a patent attorney, which includes over 20 years as a partner at the firm.

Leading Australian patent attorneys FB RICE AND CO sees seven leading attorneys recognised.
Brett Lunn is one of the country’s leading names in IP and patent prosecution. He frequently advises on patents in medical technology and innovative sectors of the economy.
Rachel Hooke receives high praise for her work in medical technology and is a well-respected name in patent prosecution, both in Australia and internationally.

SOEI PATENT & LAW FIRM in Tokyo achieves two recommendations.
Yoshiki Kuroki is highly respected within the industry for his expertise in prosecutions, litigation and expert opinions. He is particularly experienced in mechanical devices, construction, optics and software and hardware.
Yoshinori Shimizu is a top name on prosecutions, appeals, trials and expert opinions. He is widely recognised for his in-depth knowledge of the chemical and life sciences sectors.

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