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.
Marks & Clerk has 12 patent agents listed across England, Canada and Singapore. In London, Thomas Prock advises clients in the high-tech field, in particular in the electronics sector on internet-related matters and computer-implemented inventions. He is a “technical expert” and a “definite inclusion on any list”. Will Nieuwenhuys has “impressive experience” in a variety of technical fields, with particular expertise in small molecule organic and pharmaceutical chemistry. Rhian Granleese focuses her practice on matters in the electronics and physics sectors, with a particular specialism in medical devices, telecommunication networks and mathematical modelling. She has a “business-oriented approach” and is a “real asset to the firm”. Singapore-based Daniel Poh works with multi-disciplinary clients in the areas of information technology, software and computer electrical and mechanical engineering. Mark Budd in Ottawa specialises in technology and telecoms related patents, and is a “pleasure to work with”. Jennifer Ledwell primarily practices in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and chemistry, and offers clients an “impressive depth of expertise”.
At Gowling Lafleur Henderson, nine agents are featured. Selena Kim in the firm’s Toronto office is a “great operator” who is “internationally renowned” for her work on complex patent infringement matters. James Longwell is the national leader of the firm’s patents practice group, and specialises in computer and information technology patents. Brian Kingwell in Vancouver is an intellectual property and life sciences specialist with over 20 years of experience. Clients describe his work as “very effective” and “commercially focused”. Anthony Creber is based in the firm’s Ottawa office and leads its national intellectual property litigation group. He specialises in chemical and pharmaceutical patent litigation and is a “top choice” for many.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has eight practitioners recommended. Andrew Presley specialises in chemical and life sciences related patents and offers clients a “deep technical understanding”. Matthew Hollister focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counselling within the electrical, software and mechanical arts. He is an “outstanding adviser” and offering clients an “international mindset”. Lizette Fernandez in Atlanta specialises in devising and implementing strategies that maximise the value of the patent portfolios of companies, universities and research institutions. She has particular expertise in life sciences and pharmaceutical matters, and is praised for her “tremendous understanding”. Richard Dodson in the firm’s Seattle office focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counselling in the technology and software industry area, and is a “leading light” in the field.
London-based nhas eight names listed for their patent “expertise”. Hugh Goodfellow leads the biotechnology team at the firm and has a particularly strong focus on stem cells, transgenics, biofuels, complex immunology and nano-biotechnology. He is a “leading authority” on patent prosecution outside of Europe and boasts an “impressive roster of clients”. Huw Hallybone is a chemical and biotechnology specialist who is “quick to grasp complex issues”, while Edward Oates is a pharmaceuticals “guru”. James Warner specialises in medicinal chemistry, particularly in patent strategies for innovator pharmaceutical companies and offers “straightforward and practical advice”.
Smart & Biggar/Fethersonhaugh fields six inclusions across three Canadian offices. Yoon Kang leads the life science practice in the firm’s Toronto office, and offers clients a “wealth of experience” in the field. Christopher Robinson is a patent procurement specialist within the life sciences area, with a particular emphasis on biologics and pharmaceuticals. Stephan Georgiev had over 25 years of experience in patent prosecution, client counselling, and patent portfolio growth and utilisation. He is a “famed practitioner” noted for his “bespoke solutions”.
Gill Jennings & Every also garners six inclusions. Peter Finnie specialises in the sectors of IT and telecommunications, and displays “tremendous understanding” of complex matters. The “meticulous” Stephen Haley has obtained patents for clients in software-related inventions, optical recording media, avionics, telecommunications, packaging and air conditioning technologies. Helen Jones has an “intricate knowledge” of the life sciences and chemistry fields and offers clients “work of the highest quality”.
Six practitioners are also highlighted from Kilburn & Strode. Gwilym Roberts advises clients on patent audit and capture, patent filing strategies and patent portfolio management techniques and is a “top name” according to peers. Alison Care specialises in biotechnology patents and clients praise her “ability to get to the heard of an issue”. “First choice” Nick Lee primarily focuses his practice on prosecution and opposition matters at the European Patent Office, and specialises in the fields of biosciences.
Bereskin & Parr has five names included. Carmela DeLuca advises clients on the management of patent portfolios in Canada and abroad, including the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. She is a “consummate expert” who is a “key player” in the field. Micheline Gravelle is the managing partner of the firm as well as head if its life sciences practice group. She specialises in new technologies and is a “well-reputed name” in the field.
At Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner five practitioners are also featured. Philip Cupitt in London is an electronics, telecommunications and medical device expert, whose clients describe him as “first rate”. Yuefei Ma in Reston focuses on patent prosecution across a variety of electrical engineering disciplines, including semiconductor devices and digital and fabrication methods. She is an “innovative” adviser and “really knows her stuff”.