International patent licensing rankings for 2013

top sixAlthough no official announcement has been made, the 2013 edition of IAM Patent 1000 is now available online.  This international guide to patent lawyers is one of the very few whose rankings coincide fairly closely with IP Draughts’ impressions of the market leaders in this field; all credit is due to the researchers.

This year, two of the contributors to this blog feature in the UK rankings: Mark Anderson and Stephen Brett.  It is a double celebration for Stephen, who recently married and is about to come back from honeymoon.  Mark makes it into the “highly recommended” top tier category for IP licensing, one of only 6 UK lawyers to do so.

IAM’s encomium for Anderson Law LLP reads as follows:

A slew of satisfied clients enthuse about the “considered and prompt approach” of this small but perfectly formed group. It provides an “excellent service that considers legal and commercial implications – it competes with the big boys in terms of quality, but is frequently able to undercut them on price”. Mandates are received from both the business and research communities, with licence agreements, consultancy contracts and revenue-sharing contracts its bread and butter. The group’s illustrious founder Mark Anderson is “technically brilliant”; his exhaustive knowledge of IP licensing was recently recognised by the EPO, which commissioned him to prepare training materials on the subject. Fellow expert Stephen Brett concentrates his busy practice on commercialisation issues for universities and the NHS.

slewThank you very much to all the clients who provided these references.  They are very gratifying.  Now we have to live up to them – we will do our best to do so!

While on the subject of legal rankings, we should not overlook IAM’s companion guide to trade mark practitioners, WTR 1000.  Anderson Law’s consultant, Isabel Davies, features in the latest edition of this guide, with the following write-up:

“Grand name” Isabel Davies … “Incredibly experienced, dedicated and determined”, she enjoys significant prestige on the market.

Congratulations are also due to IP Draughts’ friends and colleagues who are volunteer speakers on the UCL course, IP Transactions: Law and Practice, who feature in these rankings, including:

Mark Lubbock of Ashursts

Ashley Roughton of Counsel

Chris Shelley of Manches

Sally Shorthose of Bird & Bird

Matthew Warren of Bristows



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