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 across 66 countries.
|Most Highly Regarded Individuals|
|Brian Cordery||Bristows, London|
|Sally Field||Bristows, London|
|Penny Gilbert||Powell Gilbert, London|
|Richard Ebbink||Brinkhof, Amsterdam|
|Edward Nodder||Bristows, London|
|Nicola Dagg||Allen & Overy, London|
|Miquel Montañá||Clifford Chance, Barcelona|
|Morag Macdonald||Bird & Bird, London|
|Justin Watts||Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London|
|Mark van Gardingen||Brinkhof, Amsterdam|
|Rest of the World|
|Morgan Chu||Irell & Manella, Los Angeles|
|Donald Dunner||Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, Washington, DC|
|Vitaliy Kastalskiy||AK Patent Law Group, Moscow|
|Ronald Dimock||Dimock Stratton, Toronto|
|Kenneth Adamo||Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago|
|Don Martens||Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, Irvine|
|John Desmarais||Desmarais, New York|
|Harry Radomski||Goodmans, Toronto|
|Eiji Katayama||Abe Ikubo & Katayama, Tokyo|
|Gunars Gaikis||Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh, Toronto|
Bird & Bird leads the way in our research with an incredible 28 practitioners listed. The firm’s London office boasts a particularly strong team with seven inclusions this year. The “wonderful” Morag Macdonald is joint head of the firm’s international intellectual property group, and has particular experience of coordinating and running various pan-European patent actions. She receives praise from clients for “anticipating troubles and disputes” before they arise, and having a “diligent approach” to matters. Jane Mutimear focuses her practice on patent litigation, and has earned a reputation for her “encyclopaedic knowledge” among clients, who also value her “strategic approach” to matters. The “highly skilled” Neil Jenkins is a “distinguished player” in the market. His practice includes “considerable expertise” in managing cross-border patent litigation, and clients are impressed by his “consummate understanding” of their business needs. Katharine Stephens is joint head of the intellectual property department in London. She has a specific interest in the electronic, computer technology and engineering sectors, having been involved in many high-profile cases in these sectors.
Elsewhere in Europe in Germany, five practitioners are highlighted in our research. Christian Harmsen is considered a “top name” in the market. Based in Düsseldorf, his practice focuses on international patent litigation, with experience leading and coordinating multi-national proceedings for large international clients. He receives praise for his “efficient handling of clients’ complex legal issues”. Anna Wolters “continues to impress clients” with her “extensive knowledge” of domestic and international patent law. She advises national and international clients across various industry sectors, with particularly expertise relating to the life sciences and electronic sector. Boris Kreye enjoys a “great profile” in the market as a national and international patent litigator. His “impressive practice” includes representing national and international clients before all German patent infringement courts, with a focus on the fields of electronics and telecommunication, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals, among others. They are joined in The Hague by Armand Killan who is described as “a lawyer like no other”. With over 20 years of experience advising on international patent disputes, he specialises in the electronics, life sciences and food industries. In Brussels Bruno Vandermeulen is known for having “a fantastic reputation in the industry” and is described as “second to none” for his “phenomenal legal skills”, by clients. His practice comprises drafting and negotiating licence agreements, intellectual property due diligence, patent litigation, and advising clients on cross-border litigation strategies in Belgium and Europe. In Madrid Manuel Lobato is head of the firm’s intellectual property group in Spain. He is held in high regard for being “extremely thorough and not missing a thing”, advising clients from the technology and life sciences sector who praise his “tremendous understanding” and ensuing “high level of practice”. In Poland Piotr Dynowski is known to be “fantastic for patent disputes” and receives commendation from clients and peers for being “a joy to work with”.
Bird & Bird also has a strong presence across Asia. In Hong Kong the “superb” Matthew Laight heads the firm’s intellectual property group in Asia. He is known as a “splendid professional”, and is recommended for his “straight talking” by clients who also value his ability to “get the job done”. Alison Wong receives commendation for her “calm demeanour” and “unrivalled expertise”. She focuses her practice on the conduct and supervision of multijurisdictional IP and patent litigation, advising major clients across the life sciences, banking and electronics sectors. In China the “fantastic” Christine Yiu is known for her “resolute focus”. She has experience of “expertly handling” complex patent matters for clients from the semiconductor, software, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and medical devices industries. They are joined by Alban Kang in Singapore who has been described as “a dominant player” in the field. He enjoys a “great reputation” among clients, having practiced for over 30 years in complex patent litigation.
The European firm Hoyng Rokh Monegier features prominently in our research, with 19 outstanding practitioners highlighted. The firm’s office is Germany is particularly notable with seven individuals recognised. Klaus Haft is “technically brilliant”. He centres his practice around the electronics, software, optics, electrics and general mechanics industries, with clients praising his “impressively strong analytical skills”. Over 40 years of practice has given Thomas Reimann “specialised and unique experience in the field”. He coordinates multi-national patent litigation across the industry sectors, with clients valuing his “unrivalled technical, strategic and intellectual skills”. Christian Osterrieth is a “true great” in the industry. With “impressive technical abilities”, he is renowned for his “exceptional level of skill when handling complicated matters.”
Six exceptional practitioners are identified in the firm’s Amsterdam office. The managing partner for the firm Willem Hoyng has a “well-deserved market place reputation for excellence”. With experience litigating for a wide range of patent disputes, he comes “highly recommended” for “inspiring confidence” in clients. Simon Dack is “internationally renowned” for providing “highly skilled” advice to clients. As one of the founding partners of the firm, he has “broad experience” of patent matters including litigation and regulation. His “diverse practice” includes representing prestigious international clientele in the healthcare, biotech, medical device and pharmaceuticals industries. Bart van den Broek is the managing partner of the Amsterdam office, with an estimable reputation” in the industry for working “at the top of his game”. His practice focuses on national and international patent litigation, with clients impressed by his “high level of customer service”.
In the firm’s Brussels office Benoît Strowel is known for offering “first-rate advice” based on “a wealth of knowledge and experience”. Carl De Meyer is the managing partner of this office, and has been described as a “thoroughbred expert” whom clients value for his “consistently dependable advice”.
Hogan Lovells follows closely behind, with 15 practitioners recognised in our research. With a strong team in Germany, the firm boasts Andreas von Falck who is known for his “fantastic work ethic”. Providing advice and litigation services for German and international companies from the pharmaceutical, medical devices and high-tech industries, he is admired for his “client-centred services”. Martin Chakraborty is “beyond impressive”. Clients and peers hold him in high regard for his “phenomenal level of skill” which has given him “wide acclaim in the market”. They are joined by Clemens Plassmann, who has particularly “in-depth experience” coordinating multi-jurisdictional patent disputes in Europe. He receives praise for working “exceptionally well with clients”.
In the Netherlands Bert Oosting “very skilfully” advises “a wide range of impressive clients”. He has a particular focus in his practice on patent litigation across the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and the medical devices industry, and his “scrupulous approach” and “exhaustive knowledge base” has given him a “reputation for excellence in the industry”. The “wonderful” Klaas Bisschop is “a sensational lawyer” who “certainly knows his stuff”. Clients and peers hold him in high regard for his “exceptional abilities” and “versatile thinking” in relation to complex issues.
The London office is home to Stephen Bennett who clients praise for being “a very safe and reliable pair of hands”. With a predominantly litigious practice, he also advises clients in relation to obtaining IPs and further portfolio issues across the pharmaceutical, telecoms and medical device sectors. Alongside him Paul Brown is “a certain inclusion”. He specialises in patents in the electronics and medical devices sectors, with clients valuing his “entrepreneurial approach” and “highly sophisticated solutions” to their most complicated issues.
Gowling WLG has 14 excellent practitioners listed in this edition. Canada houses some of the firm’s most prestigious talent, with six individuals identified by our research. Anthony Creber is “head and shoulders above the competition”. He leads the firm’s Canadian intellectual property litigation and strategy group, with a primary focus in his practice on chemical and pharmaceutical patent litigation including major patent infringement cases. With over 35 years of “prestigious experience”, clients recommend him for his “expert analytical skills”. Brian Kingwell is known for providing “detail-oriented” legal advice to clients, while “being able to keep in mind the bigger picture”. He is “widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading patent lawyers”, with over 20 years of experience advising innovative clients across a range of sectors and industries including health care, biotechnology, agriculture and energy. Patrick Stewart Smith has been described as a “creative and knowledgeable lawyer” who works “exceptionally well with clients”. He offers “expert advice” on matters pertaining to the life sciences sector. Christopher Van Barr is known to be "very energetic and responsive", with clients praising him for being "always excellent” when handling complex patent litigation. Scott Foster is described as “the best in the business” for contentious intellectual property matters, impressing clients with his “fantastic mind”. Jennifer Wilkie is known in the market as "charismatic and great with clients", with particular experience handling pharmaceutical and chemical patents.
At the firm’s London office Gordon Harris is praised for his “innovation and creativity” when handling complicated patent litigation. This has led him to conduct “ground breaking cases” on designs and brands in the European Court of Justice as well as challenge the validity of patents in the European Patent Office. He is joined by Paul Inman who is described as a “real asset to clients” due to his “extensive technical abilities”. Handling disputes both in the UK and internationally, he works with a variety of different companies from small start-ups to major multinational corporations. David Barron coordinates complex, multi-jurisdictional technology patent litigation across Europe, particularly for US corporations who recommend him for his “tireless commitment and energy”. Alexandra Brodie enjoys particular success in the field of telco patents and big brands, with clients recommending her for her outstanding analytical capacities”.
In Moscow Vladislav Ugryumov specialises in patent litigation and prosecution. Acting for clients predominantly in the life sciences sector, he receives praise for being an “insightful adviser” and providing advice which is “closely tailored” to meet and exceed their business needs. Alongside him Vladimir Dementiev is described as a “specialist in dealing with complex transactions”. He is “highly recommended as a top lawyer in Russia”, having built a reputation in the market for providing “the highest-quality advice”. David Aylen is rated by clients as “really outstanding” for his specialist expertise advising foreign nationals on doing business in Russia and the CIS. Alexander Christophoroff “knows all there is to know” about intellectual property litigation and prosecution, with clients and peers praising his “spot-on advice”.
Thirteen lawyers are recognised from Fish & Richardson, which lays claim to a strong US team. The “internationally renowned” Frank Porcelli has been described as the “go-to expert” by clients, having successfully argued some of “the highest-profile and most legally significant patent appeals” in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. John Pegram is a “distinguished expert”. He is known for having “sophisticated knowledge” and “broad experience” of patent matters, specialising in IP litigation, licensing, opinion and counselling. Juanita Brooks is “technically outstanding” and “beyond impressive”. She focuses her practice on complex intellectual property litigation, with clients praising her “thoroughly business-oriented advice” which “exceeds their expectations”. Peter Ludwig is an “exceptional lawyer” who concentrates his practice on domestic and foreign patent prosecution, litigation, licensing, interference and counselling issues. He has particular experience acting for high-tech start-up companies and academic institutions, who praise him for “always adding value” in his work. Ruffin Cordell stands out in our research for being an “excellent strategist” and “very responsive”, with a practice that emphasises all aspects of intellectual property litigation. Michael McKeon is a “highly respected” trial and litigation practitioner, with experience working across the in electrical technologies industry, including telecommunications, semiconductors, and consumer electronics. He is particularly known for “getting to the heart of the issue” combined with a “hands-on and friendly approach.”
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner likewise has a strong US presence, with 12 practitioners listed. In Washington, DC Donald Dunner has “exceptional strategic abilities”. His “eminent practice” includes having worked in all phases of patent law, including prosecution, licensing, litigation, validity and infringement studies, and counselling. He is joined by Michael Jakes who is “widely acclaimed” in the market. He concentrates his practice on patent litigation and related counselling, with clients saying they are most impressed with his “skill and dedication” which makes him a “pleasure to work with”. Thomas Irving has over 40 years of experience in the field of intellectual property law, which has led to his “superb reputation” in the market for a “high standard of work”. He counsels clients on a wide range of predominantly pharmaceutical matters, including pre-litigation, infringement issues, enforceability and validity analysis, receiving high praise for having a “comprehensive understanding of clients’ business needs.” David Hill is an “impressively diligent professional” and a “well-known name in the market”. His “diverse practice” includes patent litigation and prosecution, licensing negotiations, dispute resolution, and portfolio management. He regularly advises international and domestic clients within the mechanical and electrical arts industries.
In Reston, Charles Lipsey focuses his practice on patent infringement litigation, and is considered a “bona fide expert” on a wide variety of matters pertaining to the mechanical, chemical, and electrical technologies. He is “highly sought after” by private and listed companies for his “comprehensive knowledge and extensive expertise”. He is joined by Michael Elmer in Palo Alto who is regarded as “one of the most knowledgeable and experienced” practitioners in the industry. With more than 40 years of experience in “virtually every aspect of intellectual property law”, he impresses clients and peers with his “meticulous attention to detail”.
Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto sees 12 of its lawyers selected for inclusion. Robert Baechtold is praised among peers for his “meticulously crafted work”. His clients include companies from across the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemistry and polymeric materials industries, and he is able to draw on “invaluable sector experience” from over 40 years in practice. Nicholas Cannella is a “key industry player”. He comes highly recommended by clients and peers for his “clearsightedness in relation to complex issues” and having “boundless knowledge of patent law”. The “excellent” Anthony Zupcic is chair of the firm’s patent prosecution practice group, and is described as “invaluable in providing a real-world assessment of legal issues and risks”. His “notable practice” has a particular emphasis on interference practice and more recently inter partes review under the AIA, patent prosecution and client counselling. Lawrence Scinto’s practice encompasses a range of fields, including technology, explosives, paints, plastics and elastomers, electronic control systems, and pharmaceuticals. He is considered to be “among the most experienced specialists” in intellectual property law and receives particular recognition in our research for having an “innovative way of looking at things that all delivers a fresh approach” to clients’ business needs. John Murnane is renowned for his “fantastic contribution to the market”. As a specialist at handling complex transactions, he frequently advises major clients across the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Bristows is also home to an impressive team of lawyers with 11 listings in this edition. Brian Cordery leads the way in our research for his outstanding work. He is currently joint head of the firm’s patent litigation department and focuses his practice on the life sciences sector. Clients particularly praise his “resourcefulness” and “sharp focus”. Sally Field joins him, who advises across a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, medical devices, mechanical and FMCG products, as well as films, music and other media. Peers praise the “impressive scope” of her practice which includes coordinating litigation in Europe and the USA for multinational corporations. Edward Nodder boasts “invaluable experience”, having specialised in patent litigation for over 35 years. His practice is particularly active in the life sciences sector, and he counts some of the largest pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices companies among his clients. They are joined by Myles Jelf and Liz Cohen, who also receive high commendation for their leading patent law practices.
From Powell Gilbert Penny Gilbert has been described as a “font of knowledge”, particularly in relation to patent law in the bio pharma sector. She has “extensive experience” coordinating multi-jurisdictional patent litigation for impressive clients including representation in European Patent Office opposition and appeal proceedings. She is joined by Tim Powell, who is a “known superstar” with a reputation for handling some of the largest and most complex patent disputes in the UK courts in recent years. Ari Laakkonen has a “fantastically sharp mind and is extremely effective”, focusing his “impressive practice” on electronics patent litigation and IT disputes. Alex Wilson is “internationally known and universally respected” for his advice to clients on strategies for exploiting and enforcing intellectual property rights across Europe. Zoë Butler has a reputation for being a “brilliant advocate and fine strategist”, acting for a range of clients, including electronics, software, pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Simon Ayrton receives praise for being “immaculate in his thinking and presentation”, handling a broad range of patent litigation, arbitration and counselling matters.
From Brinkhof Richard Ebbink is a “star individual” with a practice focusing on European patent litigation. In particular he is “internationally respected for his poise” when coordinating parallel national proceedings and EPO oppositions. He is joined by Mark van Gardingen, who garners significant praise for his “unparalleled market knowledge” of the pharmaceutical/chemical inventions, electro-technology, and mechanical engineering industries. As a patent litigator he is also commended for his “formidable courtroom presence”.
Further recognition goes to the following practitioners who stand out in our research as being among the very elite. The “wonderful” Nicola Dagg at Allen & Overy leads the firm’s IP litigation practice in London and is a “big name” in this area. Her practice encompasses handling the legal and commercial aspects of issues involving a high scientific and technological content.
Clifford Chance boasts Miquel Montañá who is considered to be “exceptional across the board”, with an emphasis in his practice on handling multi-jurisdictional patent and IP law disputes.
Justin Watts from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer receives praise from clients for being “well-versed in solving problems of a complex nature”. As a patent litigator his practice focuses on disputes within the pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotech, communications and computers industries, where he has built up a “reputation for success”.
At Irell & Manella Morgan Chu is recommended for “guiding clients through their most complicated patents law issues”. He has been lead trial counsel in some of the world’s largest and often precedent-setting cases in recent years, demonstrating the “high standards which he always adheres to in his work”.
The “very capable” Vitaliy Kastalskiy, from AK Patent Law Group, is the managing partner of the firm and has more than 13 years of experience advising a wide range of domestic and cross-border clients. He has particular expertise relating to the oil industry, and is also widely published.
Ronald Dimock from Dimock Stratton is a “well-known face” in Canada, as “one of the country’s leading intellectual property” litigators, mediators and arbitrators. With a practice spanning four decades, he boasts having been involved in more patent trials than any other practitioner in Canada.
Kirkland & Ellis is home to Kenneth Adamo, whose practice comprises all areas of intellectual property law, particularly including patent, copyright, unfair competition, trade secrets and related antitrust issues. He acts for major clients who commend him for his “extremely capable and informed approach” to complicated matters.
From Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, Don Martens bring 40 years’ experience to the table as a “first-class” patent litigator, both in court and in arbitration. His practice currently focuses on serving as an arbitrator and special master in intellectual property cases, with clients praising his “unmatched marketplace knowledge”.
John Desmarais is the founding partner of Desmarais, an IP trial boutique firm that specialises in jury trials. His practice comprises “major successes in the patent infringement field” which has earned him the reputation for being a “leading figure” in the market. From Goodmans, Harry Radomski is the head of the firm’s intellectual property litigation group. He frequently appears before all levels of courts, including before the Supreme Court of Canada on a number of leading patent issues. His “tremendous experience” makes him “a great asset to clients”.
Eiji Katayama at Abe Ikubo & Katayama impresses with his “international mindset”. His patent litigation practice focuses on the issues relating to the fields of chemistry, electronics and machinery, with particular expertise in advanced technology such as biotechnology and semiconductors. Gunars Gaikis from Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh is “one of Canada’s premier” life sciences-related intellectual property litigators. Described as a “force to be reckoned with”, clients say there is “no one better” for handling their complex issues in the field of pharmaceutical patents.
Sidley Austin is also home to many talented individuals. David Pritikin represents clients in a range of technologies, including software, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and is considered “one of the great minds in this field”. Richard Cederoth is the “first port of call” for clients, and is known for his particular success with multiple defendant federal court cases. Bindu Donovan is described by clients and peers as in a league of her own”, specialising in medical device and pharmaceutical patent litigation. Patricia Thayer has “first-class litigation skills” according to clients, and concentrates her practice on complex patent litigation for technology and life sciences companies. Jeffrey Kushan is described by clients as “always available, always responsive and very effective”, focusing his practice on patent litigation, patent appeals, and complex patent administrative proceedings. Thomas Beck focuses his practice on complex chemical and pharmaceutical patent litigation matters, and is described by clients as “formidably intelligent and skilful”. Jeffrey Olson is a “delight to deal with”, recognised for the quality of his work in the technology and life sciences industries. Thomas Rein “simply excels” at handling patent infringement suits, and is lauded by clients for his “industry know-how”. James Bradley is praised for his “insightful and erudite” advice, specialising in patent litigation involving semiconductors, fibre optic telecommunications networks, computers and cell phones.
From Véron & Associés Sabine Agé is rated for her “well informed advice” and “responsiveness” when confronted with complex issues, exclusively practicing patent litigation for major international clients. Pierre Véron is lauded for “consistently providing the highest quality of advice” by sources, with a particular specialism in invention patent litigation. Thomas Bouvet is a “great tactician”, known for having “pragmatism and creativity” throughout his practice which focuses on patent validity and infringement litigation. Isabelle Romet is considered to be a “sensational” practitioner and “commands great respect worldwide” for her work in the chemistry, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics industries. Amandine Métier has an “astute legal mind” and “excellent reputation” among clients for her patent practice across the telecommunications, medical devices, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and mechanical industries”.
From Bardehle Pagenberg Christof Karl is “described as an asset to any firm”, specialising in patent litigation and prosecution across the computer hardware, software and telecommunications industries. Giovanni Francesco Casucci is a “highly skilled patent litigator” who impresses clients with his “wide-ranging knowledge” and “ability to think quickly on his feet”. Johannes Heselberger specialises in patent law relating to medical devices, telecommunications and the automotive industry, and is recommended for his “dedication and commitment when handling difficult matters.” Julien Fréneaux represents clients and litigates before the French courts in all IP matters, with an “impressively comprehensive practice” including patents, trademarks, designs, copyright and unfair competition. Tilman Muller-Stoy is “a practised hand” at coordinating multi-jurisdictional patent infringement suits, and is known in the industry for “always acting in clients’ best interests”.
At Adams & Adams Russell Bagnall is a “lauded name” in the life sciences sector, impressing clients with his “sound reasoning” and “exceptional handling” of complex issues. Dario Tanziani is an “unmatched talent” in the market according to clients and peers, and represents a variety of major multinational pharmaceutical companies. Danie Dohmen specialises in patent and design litigation, commercialisation and opinion work, and is commended by clients for “always giving 110 per cent”. Alexis Apostolidis is “accessible and easy to work with” and known in the industry for his skills in drafting and prosecuting patents for complex technologies.
From Anand and Anand, Pravin Anand is described as a “major figure in the industry”, advising on all aspects of patents law including litigation, advocacy and alternative dispute resolution. Archana Shanker is a “great strategist” with 20 years of “enviable experience” working on patent-related matters in the fields of bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology
Nicholas Groombridge at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison stands out for being “incredibly clever, tough and deadline-oriented”, with particular experience as lead counsel in numerous patent infringement actions.
Otto Licks from Licks Attorneys is a “wonderfully skilled” and “greatly respected” practitioner, with experience handling patent related issues involving the telecommunications, medical devices and information technology industries.
From Gün + Partners, Mehmet Gün is “one of the finest counsel in Turkey”, and is particularly recommended for his expertise in relation to life sciences.