Amidst calls to reform the Brazilian patent system, Luiz Leonardos and Rodrigo Cid of & Advogados consider whether re-establishing Pre-Grant Opposition would be a solution or a recipe for disaster.
Tomos Shillingford has been Actavis' director of IP litigation since March 2012, using his considerable experience in international patent litigation to coordinate disputes across a range of jurisdictions.
Who’s Who Legal spoke with Shillingford about his role within Actavis, the company’s impressive growth in recent years, current developments in the pharmaceutical sector as well as the company’s interaction with the legal industry.
Who’s Who Legal brings together Andrew Shaughnessy of Torys, Jorge Grau of Grau & Angulo, Sabine Agé of Véron & Associés, Will Cook of Marks & Clerk, Charles Gholz of Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt and Pravin Anand of Anand and Anand to discuss industry focus, the trend of non-practising entities bringing cases, and changes to patent law and the legal market in their jurisdictions.
The latest edition of Who’s Who Legal: Patents is a comprehensive guide to the world’s leading patent lawyers, comprising 880 practitioners from 418 firms in 66 countries.
Following the success of last year’s research, we are pleased to feature, for the second time, a list of the world’s leading patent agents. We recognise 319 agents from 145 firms across 30 countries who handle the preparation and filing of patent applications, in addition to prosecuting patents with the relevant patent offices. Gowling WLG, Marks & Clerk, Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh, D Young & Co and Bird & Bird are among the most highly rated firms in our research.
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, 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 patent lawyers are finding themselves in a period of waiting, before many of the effects of these changes come to fruition.
We are pleased to introduce our 12th Patents edition, an exhaustive guide to the world’s top patent lawyers, featuring 695 practitioners from 378 firms across 63 countries.
The top of the legal market is an interesting mix of global firms and boutiques. Bird & Bird and Hogan Lovells are among the most established names in international patent law, and they both offer expansive coverage across Europe and Asia. Hoyng Monegier is a stand out choice for patent litigation across Europe. In the US, Kirkland & Ellis and Sidley Austin are among the most widely respected for their expertise in the patents market.
Boutique IP practices offer some of the finest names in patent law. Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, Fish & Richardson and Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto are three of the very best in the US. Two London-based boutique IP firms, Bristows and Powell Gilbert, place highly in our research, as does Germany’s Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft. International litigation boutique Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan also impresses.
The top chambers for IP litigation is 8 New Square, while 3 New Square and 11 South Square also feature a number of outstanding barristers.
We have also identified the 10 stand out individuals from countries across Europe, as well as the 10 best names from outside the European market.
For the first time this year we list 164 patent agents from 72 firms across 16 countries. Patent agents assist in the preparation and filing of new patent applications, as well as prosecuting patents with the relevant patent offices.
Marks & Clerk, Gowling Lafleur Henderson, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Carpmaels & Ransford are some of the best-known firms in the field.
Patent practitioners around the world have had another busy year, with patent trolls in the US and the proposed Unified Patent Court in Europe two of the biggest topics over the past 12 months. With the aforementioned court expected to begin in 2017, practitioners across Europe are preparing themselves and clients for the new system, although uncertainty as to how the courts will work remains. Patent trolls continue to be big news politically in the US, where Congress is introducing new legislation to help curb their grip on the market and try to ensure only valid cases are brought before courts. Telecoms and technology cases continue to be a hugely active field, while the continuing trend of mergers within the pharmaceutical sector has meant that levels of competition, and therefore patent disputes, have dropped.
This year, we identify 670 practitioners from 356 firms who are considered leading lawyers in this field, following votes from clients, in-house counsel and fellow private practitioners.
Several firms stand out in our research due to the high number of inclusions they receive with Bird & Bird leading the way. The firm has 29 practitioners recognised across nine offices throughout Europe and Asia. Hogan Lovells performs impressively with 15 listings and Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner is our leading IP boutique with 11 individuals singled out. The firm is also home to our most highly regarded individual: Donald Dunner. He is one of 15 experts who stand out worldwide due to the number of nominations they received.
With the benefit of over 18 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, as well as hundreds of hours of interviews with legal professionals worldwide, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the global patents market.
With the benefit of over 17 years of independent research, encompassing thousands of votes from international clients and private practitioners, and hundreds of hours of interviews, Who’s Who Legal excercises the recent trends and developments in the global patent marketplace
With the benefit of over 17 years of independent research and encompassing thousands of votes from international clients and private practitioners, we identify the firms and individuals who stand out worldwide. Bird & Bird once again leads our research with an impressive total of 18 listings across nine of its offices throughout Asia and Europe. With 13 inclusions this year, Hogan Lovells demonstrates its strong position in the patent legal marketplace and leading IP boutique Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner has 11 lawyers singled out in this edition. European IP specialist firm Hoyng Monegier is represented by nine “first-class” practitioners, showing the firm’s commanding presence in the international patent marketplace.
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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.