It was reported that patent applications rose by 4.8 per cent to 160,022 in 2015, with the total number of filings increasing 1.6 per cent to 278,867. Patent lawyers described a high level of activity, particularly across the pharmaceutical, technology and life sciences industries, including an increase in disputes. Yet due to the confidential nature of much of the information involved in disputes across these industries, there has also been a corresponding, self-perpetuating rise in the use of alternative dispute resolution and a tendency for claims to settle rather than face the publicity of litigation. More widely, the sector is facing significant changes. European practitioners are gearing up for the long-awaited launch of the Unified Patent Court next year, yet it still faces significant uncertainties over its future due to the current economic and political pressures bearing down on Europe. Further afield, the Russian Intellectual Property Court is providing a promising model for national intellectual property courts, and it is now in its third successful year of operation. In America, the legislation intended to curb the grip of patent trolls on the market has been effective, though practitioners spoke of significant changes resultant in the legal landscape. As such patents lawyers are finding themselves in a period of waiting, before many of the effects of these changes come to fruition.
Who’s Who Legal recently visited Singapore to take a closer look at the Singaporean legal market and conduct interviews with the leading international, national and specialist firms to see what changes are taking place and what impact the latest developments are having on the country’s legal market resulting in the following exclusive report. "With the market filling up fast, competition is fierce, and firms must hone their Singapore strategy to differentiate themselves in the market."
Inspired by our recent research into the market, we single out four highly regarded national firms and 15 leading international and specialist firms who are considered the most significant players in the Singaporean legal market based on feedback from thousands of private practitioners and in-house counsel around the world. Rajah & Tann | Allen & Gledhill | Drew & Napier | WongPartnership | Clifford Chance | Bird & Bird | Dentons Rodyk | Withers KhattarWong | Norton Rose Fulbright | Ashurst | Morgan Lewis Stamford | Latham & Watkins | Clayton Utz | Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Holman Fenwick Willan | Walkers | Herbert Smith Freehills | King & Spalding | Pinsent Masons MPillay
The 13th edition of Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance sees 680 names recommended from over 300 firms across 56 countries.
Now in its second year, the insurance and reinsurance expert witnesses included in our listings are a crucial asset to lawyers, providing evidence on insurance coverage and claims, risk transfer, valuations and damages. This year we highlight 28 leading individuals across the US, England and Australia. Among others, we highlight FTI Consulting, Berkeley Research Group and Navigant as the top consultancy firms in this field.
The word on all lawyers’ lips this year was “cybercrime”, pegged to be the “next big thing” in the insurance market. The British government recently estimated the potential cost of a single cyber-attack at up to £20 billion, highlighting the potentially devastating impact that major attacks could have. As some lawyers prepare clients for this new liability, others have been working to ensure clients are compliant with Europe’s Solvency II regulations which came into force at the start of the year.
Featuring 637 of the world’s leading practitioners across 43 jurisdictions and 384 law firms, Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration 2016 is a one-stop shop for the global corporate immigration legal market. The highly specialised nature of the market means that it is mainly composed of boutique law firms with relatively few full-service firms ranking among the most prominent in our research. The field is led by global immigration powerhouse Fragomen, with fellow global immigration service provider Berry Appleman & Leiden ranking second in our listings. Seyfarth Shaw, Foster, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal, Maggio Kattar Nahajzer & Alexander, and Miller Mayer are among the most prominent immigration specialists in the highly competitive US market. Meanwhile, Kingsley Napley leads the immigration outfits in the UK. We also recommend the top 10 practitioners both inside and outside the US in this section.
The past year has witnessed some of the most severe political upheavals across the world in recent history. The great surge in global migration has rendered immigration a polemic issue, with more than 1 million migrants and refugees arriving into Europe in 2015. Such drastic changes on an international level, coupled with the increased globalisation of business, have brought the topic of immigration to the forefront of current political, social and economic debate.
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