This chapter sees more than 300 individuals identified for their leading work as patent attorneys and agents across a range of sectors, from pharmaceuticals to engineering.
The Global Elite 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 truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list firms, only individuals. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Hugh Goodfellow is applauded by peers as “a great advocate” who is “highly skilled” and has an “excellent reputation” in the market.
Cameron Marshall is lauded as an “extremely knowledgeable” attorney with a deep understanding of patent proceedings in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields.
Edward Oates is an “excellent” attorney with extensive experience before the EPO in the life sciences field.
John Brunner is described as a “huge talent at one of the top firms” in the country. He is an “absolute star” who peers “go-to when conflicted”.
Harvey Adams is “an exceptional attorney” and is well known for his “encyclopaedic knowledge of the case law”.
The “excellent” James Warner draws praise from market sources for his impressive practice which focuses on assisting clients in the pharmaceutical sector.
Kristina Cornish is widely regarded as a “very intellectual” attorney by peers, who describe her as an “absolute pleasure to work with”.
Gwilym Roberts has established a “high profile” in Europe thanks to his deep experience before the EPO and UK Patent Office.
Nick Bassil is an “incredibly committed” individual who “offers a consistently high performance” to clients.
Alison Care belongs “at the top of the list” as a result of her significant experience before the EPO and in advising clients at an international level.
Nick Lee is a bioscience specialist who garners praise for his knowledge of immunology and experience of prosecution proceedings.
Ulla Klinge is a “very fast and efficient” attorney who is certainly “among the best” worldwide for patents work.
Jakob Pade Frederiksen is “without a doubt second to none among all patent attorneys in Denmark” according to sources, who praise him as “very intelligent with great attention to detail”.
Peter Koefoed is a “highly rated” attorney in Denmark with “great patent litigation experience”.
Peter Hertling is singled out as “one of the best in Denmark” by sources, who applaud his broad IP practice which extends from patent applications to opposition proceedings.
Charles Harding is highlighted as “a very big name” in the market and is “very well known” among market commentators for his excellence in the patents space.
Kirk Gallagher is “an excellent advocate before the EPO” who brings a “measured and balanced approach” to matters.
Simon O’Brien is a “very professional and knowledgeable” attorney who has an “excellent quality to his work”.
Other Leading Individuals
Herwig Margotti at Schwarz & Partner is an extremely adept patent attorney, who specialises at advising software engineering clients.
Harald Nemec is a leading patent attorney whose technical and scientific background makes him a top choice for handling related patent and design matters.
Guardian IP Consulting IS’s Holm Schwarze has a stellar reputation in Europe and is “highly recommended for EPO prosecution”.
Ravi Srinivasan at J A Kemp is an internationally renowned individual and a “really smart guy”, known for his in-depth understanding of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
From Mewburn Ellis, Sean Walton stands out as a “very well-known name in the field” with vast experience in biotech and patents.
Colm Murphy at Cooley is “an excellent practitioner” who is “very highly regarded” in the patents arena and is “always recommended” by peers.
Arnie Clarke of Gill Jennings & Every leaves peers “impressed with his success rate in delivering granted patents and achieving successful outcomes when defending clients against oppositions”.
August & Debouzy’s François Pochart is a “highly experienced” attorney who is “highly skilled” and technically adept.
Cyra Nargolwalla of PLASSERAUD IP has over two decades of experience in the biotech field and is adept at representing clients before the EPO.
Thorsten Bausch from Hoffmann Eitle is an internationally renowned practitioner who excels at advising clients before the European and German Patent Offices.
Hans-Rainer Jaenichen from Vossius & Partner Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte is a “great attorney” who is well known for representing clients at the EPO, GPTO and in German courts.
H Ulrich Dörries at df-mp is widely regarded as “an excellent trial lawyer” who is “very experienced” and knowledgeable about the chemistry and pharma industries.
Matthias Rößler of Kahlhöfer Rößler Kreuels Patentanwälte is a “top-class patent attorney” who is “very experienced” and a “real pleasure to work with”.
Webb & Co’s Cynthia Webb is “highly recommended for patent prosecution” and is commended for being “really excellent for patents”.
Eyal Bressler at Dr Eyal Bressler & Co draws national and international praise for his ability to develop IP strategies for clients.
Cohn, de Vries, Stadler & Co’s Ilan Cohn is a “great practitioner” who brings “experience, know-how and a positive outlook” to cases.
Cathal Lane of Tomkins & Co is a “very efficient” and “very active” attorney, who possesses “excellent SPC knowledge”.
Hanna, Moore & Curley’s Barry Moore has over two decades of experience prosecuting patent applications in the telecoms field.
Koen Bijvank at Brinkhof NV is “an exceptionally gifted patent attorney”, praised for being “very calm and authoritative”.
Francisco Bernardo of ABG Intellectual Property is “very active in providing expert reports” and “does lots of patent prosecution” work according to peers.
From Kransell & Wennborg, Martin Holmberg-Schwindt is a highly respected individual who is recognised for his “very strong international network”.
Christoph Müller from Hepp Wenger Ryffel is a seasoned expert in the patent arena, commended for his international practice which focuses on the engineering, optics and information technology fields.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Kimberly McManus is lauded for her impressive knowledge of patent proceedings and for being “consistently prompt and helpful in all her communications”.
Lola Bartoszewicz is a “very friendly” and experienced attorney in Canada, who stands out for being “consistently very thorough in her advice”.
Kitt Sinden is applauded by market sources for his impressive understanding of patent protection and infringement proceedings.
Matthew Zischka is a prominent figure within the North America market, held in high esteem for his handling of patent portfolios.
David Schwartz impresses market sources with his expert handling of patent prosecution proceedings and portfolio management.
Other Leading Individuals
Stephen Perry of PCK Perry + Currier is a “very knowledgeable, experienced and capable patent agent” who is a “go-to for prosecution” matters.
Micheline Gravelle from Bereskin & Parr “has many years of experience” and is “very well respected for patent prosecution”.
Kirsten Oates at Parlee McLaws is recognised for the breadth of her experience, as well as her strong international patents practice.
Ridout & Maybee’s Mitchell Charness ranks highly among peers thanks to his adept handling of patent opposition and appeal proceedings.
Bennett Jones has a standout individual in Roseann Caldwell, who is recognised for her notable patents practice and particular expertise in the procurement of patent rights.
Gary Speier of Schwegman Lundberg Woessner is a patent litigation specialist who is adept at handling IP due diligence and infringement matters.
Evan Law Group’s Paul Rauch is a “very client-focused” patent agent who “always goes the extra mile and gets results with tricky cases”.
David Gass from Marshall Gerstein & Borun is an “exceptionally talented” attorney who is recommended for “always going the extra mile for his clients”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Chris Hemingway brings “excellent expertise and knowledge” to patent cases and is “recommended for all patent-related matters: searching, drafting, filing, examination and renewals”.
Michael Lin is applauded for being “excellent” across the board and is “highly recommended for patent prosecution” in particular.
Mike Flint is a “very experienced patent attorney” who has a “no-nonsense approach and technical background”.
Eric Lam is looked upon with enormous favour by peers who recommend him for his expertise in the electronics, chemical and telecoms fields.
Philip McMillan is highlighted for his noteworthy patents practice and impressive experience in the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications.
Jenny Petering is lauded as “an excellent operator” and “a real standout” in the market who “always impresses” peers and clients with her work.
Steve Gledhill is described as a “bright, innovative, energetic and personable” individual who is “excellent” on an international level.
Brett Lunn is widely acknowledged for being a “top-quality attorney” with an “excellent reputation” among market sources.
Other Leading Individuals
Trevor Davies from Allens Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys is “certainly a well-regarded patent attorney” who is “well known for his technical qualifications and great work in life sciences”.
Davies Collison Cave Law’s Michael Caine is a “very strong general patent attorney” and is “really excellent” in the pharma sector.
Mark Roberts is “rated really highly” by market commentators, who praise his technical approach and extensive experience.
Edward Genocchio at Spruson & Ferguson Intellectual Property is a mechanical patents specialist, applauded by clients for his “clear communication, insight, curiosity, technical expertise and empathy”.
Griffith Hack Lawyers’ Amanda Stark is “really easy to get on with”, “picks up the issues and technology quickly”, and consistently provides clients with “clear advice and great communication”.
Jenny Wang at China Patent Agent HK is one of the foremost patent attorneys in the region, commended for her extensive experience of enforcement and prosecution proceedings.
Jeffrey McLean of Deacons is distinguished for his first-rate practice which focuses on patents relating to information technology, software development and electro-mechanical inventions.
Lex Orbis’ Manisha Singh produces consistently “high-quality work”, “outstanding client service” and is “extremely responsive and helpful”.
Yoshiyuki Inaba at TMI Associates impresses peers with his strong technical background and considerable experience of patent prosecutions.
Takeshi Sekine from KYOWA Patent and Law Office receives plaudits for his deep and varied experience in the patent field, advising clients across a wide array of technological sectors.
Yasuhiko Murayama of Shiga International Patent Office is an internationally renowned individual who comes highly recommended for technical skillset and experience with infringement litigation.
SOEI PATENT & LAW FIRM has a top-tier individual in Yoshinori Shimizu, who gains recognition for his breadth of expertise in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields.
The internationally renowned Frank Callus from Henry Hughes IP has over three decades worth of experience assisting clients in the mechanical engineering and chemistry fields.
Wes Jones of Baldwins Intellectual Property “deserves to be included among the best” according to sources, who praise his vast experience drafting patent specifications and handling infringement matters.
Michael McLaughlin from McLaughlin IP possesses an enviable patents practice and garners admiration for his deep expertise of the tech and engineering sectors.
Cantab IP Pte’s Chong Yee Khoo is admired for his biotech-focused patent practice and is especially well endorsed for his experience before in Europe and Asia.
H G Chen esq of TIPLO Attorneys-at-Law comes highly recommended for his sweeping knowledge of IP and deep experience as a patent litigator.
Henry Hong at Top Team International Patent & Trademark Office is a respected attorney who has a wealth of experience of cross-border patent prosecutions and litigation proceedings.