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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.

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.

Patents 2017: Trends and Conclusions

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.

France: Business Crime Defence Review 2017


By Emmanuel Marsigny, Marsigny Avocats In this article, Emmanuel Marsigny explores the recent developments in the field of business crime defence in France including new legislation, the protection of whistle-blowers and the increasing focus on fraudulent tax practices. 

Insights into the South Korean Legal Market


Sandwiched between China in the West and Japan in the East and sharing a northern border with the Kim regime, South Korea occupies a unique position in East Asia. Benefiting from significant Western investment following the Korean War, it has become one of the world’s leading trade nations and is now the fifth largest export economy in the world and the sixth most complex economy. However, the ability to practise in Korea had until recently been strictly limited to Korean firms. With government legislation to open up its legal market, this is beginning to change. Earlier this year, Who’s Who Legal travelled to Seoul to meet some of the country’s leading lawyers and to find out more about the changes taking place in South Korea.

South Korean Law Firms: Overview

The South Korean legal market continues to be dominated by the “Big Five” firms that established themselves in the second half of the 20th century. However the country has recently seen a rise in the number of boutiques and new firms being established, therefore diversifying the market. Moreover, international firms, though currently in their infancy, may one day come to form a significant part of the market. Here we explore the leading law firms in South Korea. 

Corporate Immigration 2017: Analysis

Corporate immigration was the first practice area researched in our series, and Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration remains one of our flagship publications – one that always draws a fantastic response from our market sources. The USA is still the dominant market by far for immigration work, with over two-thirds of our global listings being made up of US attorneys. A further 10 per cent of the listings is comprised of UK and Irish lawyers, with Canadian practitioners constituting 5 per cent more. In total, lawyers from 43 countries feature. 632 of the best immigration lawyers in the world are highlighted this year. Although all of our listed lawyers are highly recommended, our editorial below focuses on the best of the best from around the world.

Corporate Immigration 2017: Trends

After the extraordinary scenes witnessed in 2015, with refugees and migrants entering Europe by land and water at an unprecedented rate, few would have predicted that 2016 would see further events with potentially far-reaching impacts on the Western world for generations to come. Numerous governments around the world have gradually – or, in some cases, suddenly – taken a more isolationist stance, as political upheaval, the real or perceived threat from terrorism and, in some instances, mistrust, division and xenophobia have shaped attitudes towards migration and immigrants. The immigration legal market has been left to react as best as it can to the unexpected and significant events of 2016.

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