Most Highly Regarded Firms: Patents 2012

This year we highlight 588 patent lawyers from 315 law firms worldwide who have been voted as the best in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Trevor Cook Bird & Bird LLP, London
Sally Field Bristows, London
Joachim Feldges Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, Munich
Richard Ebbink Brinkhof, Amsterdam
Willem Hoyng Hoyng Monegier LLP, Amsterdam
Pierre Véron Véron & Associés, Paris
Peter-Ulrik Plesner Plesner Law Firm, Copenhagen
Andreas Von Falck Hogan Lovells International LLP, Düsseldorf
Morgan Chu Irell & Manella LLP, Los Angeles
Donald Dunner Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, Washington, DC

For the second consecutive year we name Bird & Bird LLP our Patent Law Firm of the Year on the strength of its impressive performance in the research. We list 17 lawyers from seven different offices across Europe and Asia in the following pages. The “superlative” Trevor Cook is the most highly nominated lawyer in the research overall and is named our Patent Lawyer of the Year for the seventh time. He is “internationally revered” for his “unparalleled expertise in all aspects of patent law” and currently serves as the president of the UK group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. Five other London partners are listed, including Lorna Brazell, who has a “fantastic international practice” and the “first-class” Katharine Stephens. Morag Macdonald and Jane Mutimear are commended as “very talented and hard-working” while Neil Jenkins earned votes for his “clear, user-friendly advice”. Christian Harmsen is one of three lawyers listed from the Düsseldorf office. Head of the firm’s German intellectual property practice group, he has led and coordinated a number of multinational proceedings for clients such as Honeywell, Electrolux and Caterpillar. Peers praise his “responsive, effective advice”. Oliver Jüngst specialises in the orchestration and implementation of international patent infringement litigation for the electronics, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and has earned a reputation as a “first-rate litigator”. Felix Rödiger is renowned as an “exceptional strategist”. The “excellent” Boris Kreye is the sole representative of the Frankfurt office and is included in this publication for the first time. Wouter Pors and Marc van Wijngaarden base their practices in The Hague and are both “highly recommended” by peers across Europe. Massimiliano Mostardini is “one of Italy’s finest patent lawyers”, while Brussels-based Bruno Vandermeulen has “a first-rate understanding of complex legal issues”. Two lawyers from Hong Kong are listed. Alison Wong is “an authority” on the implementation of IP protection strategies in Asia and Matthew Laight represents some of the world’s leading companies in the electronics and life sciences sectors.

Hogan Lovells fields 13 nominees from seven offices, demonstrating its outstanding geographical strength. Amsterdam partner Klaas Bisschop is a “superb advocate” and has appeared in hearings before the European Court of Justice. Bert Oosting has a degree in neuropsychology and specialises in patent litigation relating to pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and the medical devices industry. Sources admire his “boundless legal and technical knowledge”. Robert Anderson is one of a trio of listed lawyers from the London office and is respected for his “extensive experience of appellate-level litigation”. Stephen Bennett is “cool under pressure and a great lawyer to work with”, according to our sources. Adam Cooke has over 20 years’ experience and is “second to none” for multi-jurisdictional litigation. Dominique Ménard is “very well respected” for his patents practice in Paris, while Henry Wheare, head of the Asia intellectual property practice, wins votes for his “creative approach” to litigation and has recently represented Merck in patent infringement disputes. Three lawyers from the Düsseldorf office are included. Andreas von Falck is one of the most highly nominated lawyers in the research and counts Eli Lilly, Novartis and Sanofi-Aventis among his many illustrious international clients. Martin Chakraborty is “a very fine advocate with excellent judgement” and Martin Fähndrich is considered “extremely knowledgeable”. Giovanni Ghirardi is a partner in the Milan office and is listed for the first time. Fellow Milan-based practitioner Luigi Mansani is described as “an incredibly talented and intelligent lawyer”. Eiichiro Kubota is based in Tokyo and has a “thriving” litigation practice.

Simmons & Simmons earns six inclusions. Four are based in the London office, including the “outstanding” Kevin Mooney, whose “world-class” practice focuses on the pharmaceuticals sector. Rowan Freeland is “very experienced” and “a fantastic lawyer to learn from”. Marc Döring is praised for his “top-quality service” while one interviewee commented that he would “happily refer clients” to Marjan Noor.


US intellectual property boutique Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP boasts 11 listings from three offices. Donald Dunner is based in the Washington, DC office and is one of the most highly nominated lawyers in the research overall. His most notable cases involved the complete reversal of an $80 million jury verdict for Mattel’s Hot Wheels toys and the successful argument of the largest ($290 million) patent verdict sustained on appeal in i4i v Microsoft. Sources commented that he is “leagues ahead of the rest” in complex patent litigation. Seven other attorneys from the DC office are listed, including senior counsel Brian Brunsvold, who has over 35 years of licensing experience and has appeared as an expert witness on licensing and reasonable royalty issues. The “sensational” Ford Farabow is currently representing AstraZeneca and NOVA Chemicals in patent infringement suits. Peers “cannot speak highly enough of his excellent practice”. David Hill is praised for his “attentive client service” while Thomas Irving won votes for his “persuasive legal arguments” and is included in this publication for the first time. In Palo Alto Michael Elmer has a “distinguished” intellectual property practice and Charles Lipsey, a partner in the Reston office, impresses peers with his “fantastic biotech expertise”.

Nine lawyers are listed from “world-famous” New York boutique Fitzpatrick Harper Cella & Scinto. Lawrence Scinto is described as a “dean” of intellectual property law and has a client list which includes ExxonMobil, DuPont, SC Johnson and Crane. Nicholas Cannella is a “brilliant trial lawyer” and John Murnane is “knowledgeable, communicative and very bright”. Pasquale Razzano has over 40 years’ experience and has served as lead trial counsel in property matters in US District Courts for companies including Mars, Allied Signal, Canon, Sea Containers and Schering. Founding partner Robert Baechtold is regarded by one source as “one of the best in the United States” and has “unrivalled expertise” in the pharmaceuticals sector, while William Solander is commended for his “first-rate litigation tactics”.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP earns eight inclusions. Jamie Graham is “very well respected” for her biological and chemical technologies know-how. She is one of six featured attorneys from the firm’s Atlanta office. Susan Cahoon is a “fabulous litigator” and Mitchell Stockwell is recommended as a “committed and talented attorney”. Steven Moore practises from the Winston-Salem office and is “unbeatable” for patent infringement litigation, while Taipei-based Glenn Rhodes earns votes for his “versatility and creativity” in patent litigation.

Sidley Austin LLP fields six nominees. The Chicago office is particularly strong, with four names appearing. David Pritikin chairs the firm’s national intellectual property practice and is “at the forefront” of legal developments in the telecommunications sector. The “excellent” Hugh Abrams garnered many votes for his litigation work. In Dallas, James Bradley’s patent cases have involved a variety of technologies, including semiconductor devices, semiconductor process technology, telecommunications and oil drilling apparatus. New York partner Thomas Beck has a “prestigious practice” and counts Sunovion, Noven Pharmaceuticals and ConvaTec among his clients.

Morgan Chu of Irell & Manella LLP is one of the most highly regarded lawyers in the research. He was lead counsel for the defendant in Linear Technology v Novellus Systems, in which he secured a unanimous jury verdict in favour of Novellus on all of the plaintiff’s causes of action. Peers have the highest regard for him, commenting that “you don’t find talent like his in every firm”.

Canadian firm Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh earns five inclusions across offices in Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. John Bochnovic is “undoubtedly one of Canada’s finest patent lawyers” and he has “extensive” experience of multi-jurisdictional litigation. Gunars Gaikis primarily acts on behalf of patentees in the innovative pharmaceutical industry and is “first choice” for many of our sources. Steven Garland is “an accomplished mediator as well as a great litigator” and François Guay earned plaudits as “a very tough opponent who commands a lot of respect”. Michael Manson has written over 100 articles and papers on intellectual property matters and is “extremely highly though of” by peers.

Four names feature from Bereskin & Parr LLP, and top among them is founding partner Daniel Bereskin QC. “Internationally admired” for his patents expertise, he is “one of the sector’s brightest stars”. Donald Cameron is a “go-to name” for mechanical devices matters and head of the litigation group Robert MacFarlane is an “outstanding advocate”. Donald MacOdrum has represented clients ranging from individuals to major international corporations in a wide variety of disputes relating to intellectual property, including patent infringement and validity actions and proceedings under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations.


Hoyng Monegier LLP has only been in existence since January 2011 but it has already had a considerable impact on the European market. Nine lawyers (an increase of two from last year) are listed from four European offices. Willem Hoyng is one of three lawyers listed from the Amsterdam office and is one of the most highly regarded individuals in the research. He is a “phenomenal” litigator and has been involved in a number of landmark decisions before the ECJ. Bart van den Broek is “a dedicated lawyer and a pleasure to work with”, while Simon Dack is recommended for his “incredible depth of knowledge”. Four names feature from the Brussels office, including Carl De Meyer, whose broad experience places him “in the top tier” of patent lawyers. Steven Cattoor is particularly active in the life sciences sector and was described to researchers as “a very fine practitioner”. Benoît Strowel works with many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly and MSD Organon, while Liesbeth Weynants is “an invaluable asset” to clients in the life sciences sector. Denis Monégier du Sorbier is part of “the cream of French patent lawyers” and Madrid’s Luis Fernández-Novoa Valladares is “very impressive” in complex litigation.

Seven names are included from Bristows, including the “absolutely brilliant” Sally Field. She is experienced in representing clients at the highest appellate level in the UK and also coordinates global litigation for multinational companies. She is one of the most highly nominated lawyers in the research, impressing peers with her “unflappable approach to the most complex matters”. Brian Cordery is presently engaged in a life-cycle management project for one of the world’s best-selling pharmaceutical products. He is “first rate for pharmaceutical work,” according to one source. Philip Westmacott has advised on information technology issues for over 30 years. He has “an excellent appreciation of the relationship between patents and competition law” and deploys his engineering background to further his understanding of his clients’ businesses. Myles Jelf earned votes for his “sound and accessible advice”.

Powell Gilbert LLP maintains a strong performance in this year’s research, with seven of its lawyers listed. Penny Gilbert is “consistently brilliant” in life sciences work and has represented clients in the Supreme Court and in European Patent Office opposition and appeals proceedings. Tim Powell specialises in multi-jurisdictional litigation and “excels at all he does”. His technical background gives him a “stellar” understanding of his cases, allowing him to provide detailed, comprehensive advice. The “marvellous” Rebecca Lawrence’s representative cases include HTC v Gemalto, Yeda v The Comptroller General of Patents and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories v Eli Lilly.

Düsseldorf firm Reimann Osterrieth Köhler & Haft fields six nominees. Christian Osterrieth is a “skilled and seasoned” patents lawyer who specialises in technology-driven industries and the development and implementation of litigation strategies in multinational litigation. Sources consider Thomas Reimann to be “in a class of his own” and Martin Köhler is an “expert” in the preparation of freedom to operate opinions.

Véron & Associés is “one of France’s finest patent boutiques” and four of its attorneys are listed in the following pages. Isabelle Romet is “a definite inclusion on anyone’s list”, while Pierre Véron is a prolific author on patent law matters and a “truly outstanding lawyer in every respect”. He is one of the most highly nominated lawyers in the research.

Three other European lawyers make up our list of most highly regarded individuals. Richard Ebbink is a partner at Brinkhof, whose “remarkable pan-European practice” is the envy of many peers. Sources commend his “intellectual yet practical” approach to his cases. Joachim Feldges is the managing partner of the Munich office of Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP. He has an “outstanding breadth of knowledge and experience” and is particularly recommended for his work in the biotechnology sector. Peter-Ulrik Plesner, of Plesner Law Firm in Denmark, garnered many votes for his “thorough understanding” of his clients’ businesses and aims.

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