Top 5 licensing lawyers in the UK

IP Draughts is delighted to report that IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2012 has recommended him as one of the top patent licensing lawyers in the UK.

IAM Patent 1000

Eagle-eyed readers may spot that 5 names are shown in the image next to this text.  One of the 5, Julian Thurston, appears to have retired from practice to join an investment firm in April 2012, leaving 4 names in the top category [but see comment below, indicating that Julian has not retired].  Another 28 names appear in the recommended category for the UK.

Anderson Law LLP is listed as one of 14 firms that are recommended for IP licensing work in the UK, and is the only small firm in the list.  The full list comprises:

Allen & Overy LLP
Anderson Law LLP
Ashurst LLP
Bird & Bird LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Fasken Martineau LLP
Linklaters LLP
Morrison & Foerster
Olswang LLP
Reed Smith
Simmons & Simmons LLP
Taylor Wessing LLP
Wragge & Co LLP

IP Draughts is particularly pleased to see the recognition by IAM that Anderson Law now has a significant team of IP specialists, who collectively deserve to be ranked as one of the leading IP transactional teams in the UK.  IAM’s editorial comments:

[Anderson Law’s] compact size and concentrated know-how have enabled the firm to become “indispensable” to clients, which consider it “a seamless part of our in-house department”, thanks to its “responsiveness, practicality and grasp of the technology”. The team has expanded to seven lawyers, although it remains centred around name partner Mark Anderson, who brings “unrivalled technical skill” to bear on complex issues. He is considered one of the country’s foremost experts on technology transfer from university research departments and publishes regularly on the subject.

IP Draughts is also delighted to announce that some of his fellow contributors to Drafting Agreements in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries (Oxford University Press, looseleaf, general editor Mark Anderson, 2008 onwards) have been recognised in IAM Patent 1000, including:

  • Christine Kanz (see Germany recommendations – litigation)
  • Pam Cox and Patrick Ertel (see Illinois, USA recommendations)
  • Eric Runnesson (see Sweden recommendations)
  • Dulce Miranda (see Spain recommendations)

Other friends of IP Draughts who are recommended in IAM Patent 1000 include:

  • Matthew Warren (see UK recommendations)
  • Khaterina Scheja (see Germany recommendations)
  • Thierry Calame (see Switzerland recommendations)

A big thank you to our generous clients in the UK and overseas who have provided the references to IAM that have led to the fabulous rankings mentioned above.


Filed under &Law Updates, Intellectual Property, Legal practice

2 responses to “Top 5 licensing lawyers in the UK

  1. Mark

    Congratulations on your IAM listing.

    To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumours of Julian Thurston’s demise have been exaggerated! He may have stepped down as a partner but Julian is still practising law in the life sciences sector here at MoFo – and is as busy as ever. In addition, he has added a new string to his bow with his own consultancy practice focused on introducing potential investors to growing companies in the life sciences space.

    Keep up the good work on IP Draughts. It’s always a thought-provoking read.

    Best wishes

    Alistair Maughan
    Head of Technology Transactions
    Morrison & Foerster

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