Rankings for patent professionals 2016


but very useful…

In yesterday’s post, IP Draughts received his copy of IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2016. He is delighted to see that his partner, Lisa Allebone, has been recommended for UK patent transactions for the first time. She joins 30 English lawyers who are recommended for this subject, including IP Draughts.

The guide’s write-up about our firm reads as follows:

Anderson Law LLP

The “extremely professional” ensemble at Anderson Law knows what it takes to get signatures on the bottom line of lucrative IP deals – as reflected by its colourful roster of NHS trusts, universities and cutting-edge concerns. It has lately been assisting DNA Electronics on several crucial matters, including a patent licence agreement relating to its exciting molecular diagnostic technology, and helping University College London to forge a partnership with Eisai to discover new ways of treating neurological diseases. Involved in both matters, Mark Anderson and Lisa Allebone make a fabulous partnership. Anderson is the current chairman of the IP Law Committee of the Law Society of England & Wales, while Allebone has a real flair for university spin-outs. “They can be relied on for excellent service – they have always provided a considered and prompt response to queries. Mark and Lisa think about not only the immediate legal issues, but also the commercial implications. They really provide clear information, ensuring clients make appropriate legal and business decisions.”

ip transactionsIP Draughts is also pleased to see that some of his friends and colleagues who teach on the annual IP Transactions course at UCL are named in this category, namely Nigel Jones, Mark Lubbock, Chris Shelley, Sally Shorthose, and Matthew Warren.

For the first time, this guide now separates its firm rankings for patent transactions into “highly recommended” and “recommended”. It is great to see that we are one of only 4 firms to have been placed in the highly recommended category, along with Bristows, Gowling and Simmons & Simmons.

Although our firm doesn’t do patent litigation, it is interesting to see how IP Draughts’ former colleagues are doing in this field. Colleagues from his days at Bristows who are recommended for UK patent litigation include:

Still at Bristows

Sally Field, Alan Johnson, Edward Nodder, Philip Westmacott

No longer at Bristows

Simon Ayrton, Michael Burdon, Adam Cooke, Ralph Cox, Neil Coulson, Mike Gilbert, Penny Gilbert, Paul Harris, David Knight, Alastair McCulloch, Tim Powell, Justin Watts

An extraordinary number of ex-Bristows people, including some not named above who didn’t overlap with IP Draughts’ time there, are now leaders in the field of patent litigation. This is a testament to Philip Westmacott and others who recruited very good people to work at Bristows in the late 1980s and 1990s and then gave them very good training.

biolawFinally, we should congratulate our colleagues in BioLaw Europe who appear in overseas chapters of this year’s IAM guide, including Denis Schertenleib of France and Stefan Kohler of Switzerland.


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