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“Dennemeyer has a very open, welcoming and innovative culture. I like to see new ideas grow. And I also like if an idea that I come up with is received with a positive attitude. We have the same openness towards any ideas from our clients about how to organise our interaction. We are very open to alternative fee arrangements or the partition of tasks between our clients and ourselves that may depart from traditional role models.” - Malte Köllner, Dennemeyer “It is an honour to be named Full-Service IPR-Firm of the Year. We have been working hard for many years to improve and grow our business. We are now the only IP firm with offices in the three largest cities in Norway: Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. Success is always a result of hard and strategic work.” - Hilde Vold-Burgess, Acapo

“We all at Schiweck Weinzierl Koch feel honored by this award which comes at a time of strong growth for our team. We believe that also this award reflects the quality and excellence of the work and service we provide for our clients, and we will do our best to justify this honor also in the future.” - Wolfram Schiweck, Schiweck Weinzierl Koch

“Germany has a well-balanced system of claims based on the simple truth that copying designs of competitors is unfair” - Michael Thesen, Beetz & Partner

“Shook, Lin & Bok is one of the largest law firms in Malaysia. It is also the oldest law firm of local origin in the country” - Michael C. M. Soo, Shook Lin & Bok

“We are truly elated to receive this honor. We believe this award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our lawyers and paralegal staff. We also owe our success to the unwavering trust given by our numerous clients.” - Benjamin Z. Lerma, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles


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Welcome to the 2014 Intellectual Property Awards sponsored by Adamson & Partners. Today, intellectual property rights are more important than ever. Without protection of ideas, businesses and individuals would not be able to take full advantage of their inventions. As a result they would be far less able to focus on critical research and development activities. Acquisition International’s Intellectual Property Awards recognise the achievements of those who are involved in driving the intellectual property field – lawyers, agents, consultants, advisers and service providers – and playing a critical role in driving innovation for the benefit of everyone. To be named a winner in the Acquisition International Intellectual Property Awards is a prestigious accolade, because winners are nominated and voted for by their peers and clients. That means the awards are given entirely on merit, acknowledging fantastic achievement over the course of the past year. It’s time to find out who’s made their mark this year with astounding performance in the field of intellectual property to be named Acquisition International Intellectual Property Awards winners. Read on…

Dennemeyer

Notarbartolo & Gervasi S.p.A.

2014 IP Innovation Award - Flat Fee Servicing / Page 14

Patents Law Firm of the Year - Italy / Page 16

Acapo

Allbright Law offices

Beetz & Partner

Full-Service IPR-Firm of the Year - Norway / Page 18

Patent Infringement Litigation Law Firm of the Year - China / Page 19

Design Protection Law Firm of the Year - Germany / Page 20

Cuatrecasas Goncalves Pereira

Downing Intellectual Property LLP

engel patentanwaltskanzlei

Data Protection Law Firm of the Year - Portugal / Page 21

Patents Law Firm of the Year - UK / Page 22

Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany / Page 23

Fiala & Weaver PLLC

Matias Erny Reichl Hoffmann

Olswang

IP Strategy Law Firm of the Year - Washington D.C. / Page 24

Patent Applications Drafting Specialist of the Year - Germany / Page 25

Most Trusted IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - UK / Page 26

Padima

Romulo

RUHR-IP Patent Attorneys

Community Trademark Specialist of the Year - Spain / Page 27

Full Service IP Law Firm of the Year - the Philippines / Page 28

IP Rights Specialist of the Year - Germany / Page 29

STW & Partners

Valea AB

Please remember that recognition from rating services or publications is no guarantee of future investment success.

IP Infringement Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Japan / Page 30

IP Licensing Agreements Specialist of the Year -Sweden / Page 31

Working with an adviser, regardless of how highly rated, does not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance or results. These ratings should not be construed as an endorsement of the adviser by any client nor are they representative of any one client’s evaluations.

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By Matthew Dick and Verity Ellis, D Young & Co

Designs There is often a lack of awareness or knowledge about design law and how designs can be protected within the UK. Since virtually any new design can benefit from the protection offered by the law (either at UK or European level as discussed below), design rights can provide an effective, affordable and swift means of protecting a business’ intellectual investment.

There are two types of design right – unregistered and registered. Both are available as a UK specific right (which covers only the UK); or as a European right which encompasses the whole of the EU. The registered Community design (RCD) is a blanket registration which covers all 28 countries in the EU, and is a particularly popular means of obtaining design protection. Around 80,000 RCDs are registered every year. What can be protected? Under European law, the definition of what can be protected as a design (whether registered or unregistered) is fairly wide, and covers the “appearance of the whole or part of a product”. For example, this would cover the lines, contours, colours or shape of a product or its surface decoration. Designs must be new and possess individual character (broadly speaking, they must produce a different overall impression on an informed user from existing designs). The UK unregistered design right is slightly different, and covers any “aspect of the shape or configuration of the whole or part” of a product (importantly, 2D designs and surface decoration are not covered here). There are certain exceptions to what can be protected under design law, largely relating to aspects of designs that are dictated by technical function or parts that are intended to form part of an integral whole that has a uniform appearance. A design law specialist can advise you further in this respect. Unregistered design right A new design should be entitled to automatic (free!) protection via an unregistered design right without the owner needing to take any action. The EU unregistered design right exists for a maximum of 3 years; the UK unregistered design right will last up to a maximum of 15 years (depending on whether articles have been made to the design and made available for sale or hire). Whilst no formal registration process is required, it is still recommended that designers record the design process (such as signed/dated design documents) and the date of first marketing of articles made to the design. Such information will be needed if the owner wishes to pursue an infringement action based on an unregistered design, in order to demonstrate ownership, and the date from which the right subsists. Registered design right Designs can also be officially registered in the same way as trade marks (for brands) and patents (for inventions). This provides a stronger level of protection and allows a design owner to formally identify and define their design rights on an official register. An advantage of obtaining a registration for a newly created design is that it becomes a potentially very valuable asset. When companies are bought and sold, very often the first question interested www.acquisition-intl.com

parties ask is what IP (intellectual property) rights are there? This can include rights such as registered patents, trade marks and designs. For some businesses, IP rights make up the vast majority of their value. Both UK registered designs and RCDs initially last for 5 years, but can be renewed every 5 years up to a maximum of a 25 year term. In comparison to other IP rights, registered designs are available at relatively low price. For example, an RCD could cost less than £1,000 for 5 years protection. That equates to a little over £7 per country per year. For any company with designs doing business in Europe, RCDs are excellent value for money. The registration process itself is very quick, and there is no lengthy review process by the registry that processes design applications, before protection is granted (although this can mean that the validity of some designs is more likely to be challenged at a later date). In relation to UK registered designs, following the recent Intellectual Property Act 2014, copying a registered design right in certain circumstances may constitute a criminal offence, which will provide an extra deterrent to potential infringers. Additionally, there is a new voluntary non-binding Design Opinions Service which aims to give design owners an indication of the strength of their case before commencing potentially costly and time-consuming litigation. Basis of infringement Unregistered design rights grant the right to prevent commercial use of a design only if that design has been copied from the protected one. In order to make a successful claim of infringement of a registered design right, there is no need to prove copying. The design right owner needs to show that the allegedly infringing design does not produce a different overall impression on the informed user (an invented figure that exists within design law who is not necessarily a designs expert, but who pays more attention than the average consumer who may not pay focus on aspects of a design in any detail). Conclusion A design portfolio can add significant value to a business, and may also provide an additional stream of income – for example via licencing and selling the design rights. In particular, businesses that operate in fast-moving industries or that have wide, evolving product ranges, can take advantage of the easy protection provided by design rights (particularly unregistered rights which arise automatically) and so can take action against potential infringers more quickly and effectively. Design can play a significant role in the reputation of a company and its products, and is often attributed to why a relatively simple

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product becomes a worldwide phenomenon. Clearly, it is important to protect this facet of a company as robustly as possible. For new designs, in addition to automatic unregistered rights that can arise, the registered design process should be considered as a simple, fast and relatively low cost means of obtaining legal protection which can add significant value to a business. It is important to discuss design protection with a legal expert as early as possible in the design process to ensure that the most appropriate protection is in place from the outset.

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By Neil Nachshen, Partner, D Young & Co. LLP

IP Due Diligence – Tick the Box or go out of the Box? The deal looks good, the product development timeline looks achievable. One box remains to be ticked – IP due diligence. The due diligence process is essential for investors when considering acquiring any target company.

Why is this necessary? What does it mean? What needs to be done? How much does it matter? Who do we ask to do it? How much will it cost? The summary below will attempt to address these questions. The Why A well conducted IP due diligence has the potential to influence the decision making process as to the true value of an investment and whether that investment is being directed at the correct source. Does the target company have the rights to develop their product without anyone else copying them? This single question encapsulates the two mains aspects of an IP due diligence exercise. Firstly, does IP protection exist to prevent competitors copying or imitating the technology? Secondly, even if such IP exists, does the company own all the necessary rights to bring the product to market? The answers to these investigations will determine whether the money being invested is being directed at the correct company. IP due diligence will not provide the “make or break” decision but will provide clear guidance as to whether the investment is being directed to the correct source. The How The nature of IP due diligence depends on the nature of the investment. Most companies will have trademarks, copyright materials and know how. Technology companies will inevitably own patent rights. The project can cost as much as the investor company is willing to throw at it or their advisors are allowed to dictate as being required. There is usually also a time pressure. So, it is essential to have a plan in place. Create the focus Technology-based companies, whether start-ups to established companies, may have patent and trademark portfolios based on volume i.e. the the more patent filings the better irrespective of merit. Without focus from the principal investor, a due diligence team may just simply investigate the whole portfolio. The process must be focussed on the product(s) likely to drive revenue. Often, this one product will be the drive of the whole deal so why spend time and money on non-critical IP? Who to engage? It sounds logical, but not every investor will engage the type of attorney with the relevant specialist knowledge – a patent attorney, a trademark attorney or an IP lawyer with specialist knowledge of copyright etc. There is a temptation to use advisors who advertise patent services. However, it would be foolish not to engage an attorney with day-to-day experience of acting before the relevant right-granting authority e.g. the European Patent Office, OHIM etc. www.acquisition-intl.com

Starting with patent rights, a diligent attorney should first identify which patent families are actually relevant to the principle investment. Case Study 1 Investor X has decided to commission an IP due diligence review of the target company. The Report is prepared highlighting deficiencies in the company patent portfolio and playing down the chances of product protection being obtained for a potential new pharmaceutical. The investor’s report shook up the target company board creating doubt as to the true value of the product. Reassurance had to be obtained from the company’s patent attorney that with a full and complete reading and understanding of the patent application, a more accurate and reassuring conclusion would have been reached. Having identified the relevant patent families from within a portfolio, the next set of decisions relate to degree of scrutiny the patent will be put to. If a patent has not yet been granted, the assessment will include the likelihood of a relevant patent being granted. There is no limit to the amount of searching and digging for prior art that can be done. A staged, structured approach can be developed to ensure valuable time and money are not wasted. This exercise can be repeated for each patent family considered to be of relevance to the product of interest. The extent of validity analysis can then be estimated and an agreed strategy with milestone costings agreed with the investor company. The identification of the relevant patent rights has different implications in different industries. For example, in the pharmaceutical industry, the most relevant patent (usually that providing product protection) can be made the subject of a patent term extension when a product is subject of a marketing approval. In the electronics or telecom industries, where international standards may be important, relevant patents may be those that enter an industry standard patent pool. For the UK at least, identification of a relevant patent takes on an important financial relevance in view of the government “patent box” programme. For any patented product sold in the UK, the patent owner can claim a 10% reduction in corporation tax based on a proportion of profits arising from the patented product (through sales or license income). The second crucial phase of the patent attorney’s job is to conduct a freedom to operate search and analysis. The purpose of this exercise is to ascertain whether the target company actually own all the patent rights required to bring the product to market. It is a frequent misunderstanding that having a patent gives a company the right to market the product. It doesn’t as (a) there may be third party patent of broader scope that encompasses the proposed product and (b), the target company patent may protect the critical part of the proposed product but in order to create the final product, other patent rights are required.

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Firm: D Young & Co LLP Name: Neil Nachshen Email: mail@dyoung.com Web: www.dyoung.com Address: 120 Holborn, London, EC1N 2DY, United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)20 7269 8550 Fax: +44 (0)20 7269 8555 Practice & Professional Experience Neil’s portfolio has evolved over his time at D Young & Co to be one that primarily concentrates on EPO oppositions and appeals, the provision of validity and infringement opinions, due diligence and litigation support, all in the field of pharmaceuticals. He still maintains expertise in advising small pharmaceutical companies in portfolio development and strategy, in particular in conjunction with due diligence for funding and stock market flotations. Neil has been successful in many oppositions and appeals in the pharmaceutical area, mainly acting for Teva Pharmaceuticals on patents concerning the second medical use of approved drugs, formulations, polymorphs and synthetic processes. In many cases, these cases have been linked to litigation in EU member states. He has additionally advised other pharmaceutical clients completing IP due diligence for mergers, project acquisitions and flotations. Neil’s background in biochemistry and pharmacology and his 20 years experience in patents, including time in-house at BTG and at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd in Israel, provide an ideal basis for this portfolio.


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Case Study 2 A Biotech company wishes to purchase start-up Y which has developed a humanised antibody fragment. Y has a patent on the fragment. Freedom to operate searching identifies third party patent relevant to the method of humanisation, the expression vectors system used of manufacture and the formulation intended for administration. Having determined which third patents would be relevant at the intended date of product launch, a position was taken as to whether to take licences or formulate validity positions. The reassignment of income to various royalties could have a significant effect on the profit to be made, amount due to the start-up company and even result in termination of the deal. Trademarks A similar approach can be taken with trademarks. A target company may have marks on its own name and even have registered marks for a proposed product. The validity of these marks and the freedom to use them must be investigated. Copyright/Know How It is of course entirely possible that no patent rights are involved. Many start-ups may be completely virtual and their technology (e.g. apps) based on copyright. Ownership There is a tendency for due diligence exercises to include a detailed analysis as to the ownership of each and every patent. Like the substantive patent issues, a decision can be taken to focus on the most relevant rights. The incorrect ownership of a relevant IP right is rarely fatal to the right itself. Possibly the most serious effect the incorrect ownership could have lies in the possible loss of a priority claim. It may have a financial implication as the involvement of investors may increase the cost of any licence or assignment. The ownership trail is especially important for technology that has its origins in academia. Terms of employment and research contracts will have to be untangled to ensure the target company does indeed own the rights they purport to own. Conclusions IP due diligence is a valuable exercise to be conducted in a focussed and directed manner. Failure to do so can result in unnecessary expense providing inaccurate conclusions. Ultimately, if there is a good understanding of the potential value of the exercise and the information it can yield, there will be stronger motivation to construct the most appropriate team to manage and coordinate the due diligence in a timely and cost-effective manner. The final result is for the investor to make – tick the box or exercise some thought and strategy outside the box. The conclusion could be invaluable.

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Author: Phil Beckett, managing director at Proven Legal Technologies – the corporate forensic investigation and e-disclosure firm

Blurred Lines As the consumerisation of IT grows, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a term that will only become more and more common, referring to employees who utilise their own technology devices on workplace systems. Consumers are hardly ever more than a metre away from their smartphones and want to be connected 24/7. Companies have even spotted spikes in work activity during Christmas, Easter and other public holidays, showing that employees are taking the opportunity to look at work emails, even when they are away from the office or on leave.

Be it on an iPhone, BlackBerry, tablet, laptop, PC or smartphone, workers can connect themselves to a secure corporate network and use their own device at work, at home, or anywhere where they have a data connection. IT research firm, Gartner, predicts that by 2017, 38 per cent of companies will stop providing devices to workers, arguing that BYOD provides huge benefits, such as creating new mobile workforce opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction and reducing or avoiding costs. BYOD therefore cannot be labelled as a passing trend and it is, without a doubt, here to stay. The concept of BYOD was brought into sharp focus recently when Google Inc reported that it has acquired Divide, the New York based technology start-up that lets users separate their work and personal data on smartphones and tablets. Google Inc is not the only one going down this route as Apple is said to be working on a split-screen function for its next cohort of iOS, which currently only allows one application to be displayed on the screen at a time. As the line between business and personal becomes blurrier and more companies deploy BYOD, how can businesses protect themselves against loss of intellectual property, deliberate or otherwise? DIVVY UP Divide’s software allows firms to manage the personal smartphones of their employees, securely creating an area on a phone to sync and store data for the workplace. It is a mobile app that is said to securely separate a consumer’s personal data and the corporate data contained on a phone or tablet, making it easier for businesses to manage disparate personal devices. Yes, the Divide app does seem like a step in the right direction for sharpening the blurred lines of BYOD, but this self-service approach does create a problem for companies that cannot uphold upmost security on those devices. Divide allows its users to switch easily between personal and secured work applications and also lets employers wipe data remotely in the event that a device is lost. Despite this, corporations still risk losing their company-sensitive data and intellectual property in the event of an employee mislaying their personal phone. IP SECURITY IMPLICATIONS BYOD could potentially lead to loss of control, impact network availability, and cause data loss, if companies do not manage it properly. If abused, it can also cause employees to violate regulations, rules, employer-employee trust, intellectual property rights and other critical business obligations. Companies should therefore implement appropriate network access strategies and security policies in order to secure themselves so that the worst does not happen. In regulated industries, such as banking and financial services, where data breaches can attract large fines, managing security on employee devices is of particular importance. One of the most memorable fines was in 2009 when HSBC was fined over £3million

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by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) predecessor, when customer data was lost in the post. At the time of the investigation, the FSA said it discovered that large bulks of unencrypted or otherwise unprotected customer data were sent via post or courier to third parties. Internal members of staff were also found to be insufficiently briefed on the resultant risks of identity theft. There was also other data that were left exposed to loss or theft on open shelves or in unlocked filing cabinets. A BYOD simply expands the range of devices that could hold sensitive data, either intentionally or otherwise. It could therefore be the source of a data breach. THE CHALLENGES OF SOCIAL MEDIA Social communication has become a part of the fabric of our everyday lives and as a result, has become a big challenge for companies, as the environment is increasingly dynamic and any number of connections can be navigated. Communication applications used on personal and company devices, for example Facebook and WhatsApp, are extremely difficult to monitor as they are operated on smartphones as opposed to PCs. BYOD brings workers’ use of social media and other forms of personal communication closer to the business epicentre, therefore risking unintended or malicious infection between the two. Firms must therefore act fast and ask themselves if they wish to allow these applications to be used on company devices at all. The increasing use of social media in the workplace can have serious security implications for companies, which is why more and more organisations are choosing to block social networking sites. More and more tools are being brought onto the market to facilitate access blocking and network traffic monitoring. However, for every preventive measure applied, there will always be a way around it, especially if BYOD policies are employed, as these applications will be virtually impossible to control. Companies must therefore instil regular training processes to ensure best practice and raise awareness of the issues. AN INVESTIGATION If a breach of intellectual property is encountered and it reaches the stage of investigation, an experienced investigator will be looking to determine patterns in an individual’s behaviour. They will not only focus on trying to find the ‘smoking gun’, but also on detecting supportive intelligence that helps bring the overall picture into sight. This can include finding out which employee is connected to whom, recent movements that relate to other sources of evidence, and so on. Investigations of all available social sources can help build a picture around the scene of the crime. Firstly, the investigator needs to understand where any relevant data is, and then how to capture it in a forensically sound manner. This is harder than it sounds, especially given the vast quantity of mobile devices, cloud computing platforms, social media accounts etc. This can make it legally confusing, especially when considering

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personal devices used under BYOD policies. The company must then ask itself if it is company allowed to investigate these without consent, for example. Evidence will come from a variety of sources. For instance, these could be corporate network log files to identify the use of web-based email, as well as other outbound activity, such as uploads to Google Drive and Drop Box. Internet history databases and cached pages of internet sites retained on a work computer can also be investigated alongside deleted data and backups of personal devices on corporate machines. In addition, the investigators at hand should also seek to look at public social media profiles, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, as many profiles tend to be open for all to see. Traces of artefacts left behind on a computer system by certain applications, such as Skype, can provide indications of malpractice. Mobile devices can often contain more relevant evidence than computers.

BACK TO THE FUTURE Today we have the ability to create, disseminate and store information on an immeasurable scale. We can do this with ease and as mobile telephony technologies continue to advance at light speed, we are entering a world where any data can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, using any type of device. It cannot be ignored: BYOD is on the rise. The best defence possible for companies is if they are able to avoid BYOD altogether. This is not always possible with the younger workforce of today, which has been brought up on smartphones, social media and so forth. Employees will continue to want to access both personal and work content on their business devices. Companies should therefore consider the importance of being able to attract and retain a younger workforce by installing systems to cater for its needs. Ultimately, firms must get the right systems in place and take a fully preventative approach in their BYOD strategies. This must become to be a key priority so that any problems can be snuffed before they come to light.

A PREVENTATIVE APPROACH The success of any investigation will depend on an investigator’s legitimate ability to access a personal device of the individual in question, and indeed their social media profile. During an investigation, firms can therefore benefit by looking at all the data and analysis, allowing all results to feed into the others, in order to achieve a higher and more detailed level of analysis. Firms should always take a preventative approach, as it always works best. Challenges facing corporate IT and security departments are well documented and largely emphasise the need for well thoughtout policies and contracts that cover employee access to web applications. An individual’s right to privacy, versus employer rights to audit privately owned devices, must also be reconciled. BYOD procedures, for example, should provide a list of devices approved by the firm and determine which corporate applications can be accessed in the event of an investigation. Security policies should incorporate mandated anti-virus software, firewalls and encryption in the event that the device is lost or stolen. IT departments should therefore have the means and the authority to wipe corporate data from personal devices.

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By David Murphy, Forensic Accounting Director at BDO

Calculating the Cost of IP Infringement Intellectual Property (“IP”) infringement is generally driven by people looking for a short-cut to make money. Infringers of other people’s IP do so to increase their own sales without incurring the time, dedicating the resources or investing the money, to either develop their own IP or licence an established idea belonging to others. Whether it is clothing designs, technology protected by patents, brand names, music, artwork or any other similar idea or concept, all valuable IP is susceptible to being infringed. But what is the cost of this infringement? How is it calculated?

To get a handle on this cost, one must first determine how IP infringement affects the legitimate owner of that IP, as this can happen in many different ways; potential customers may buy products from the competitor instead, or the legitimate owner may be forced to reduce their prices and/or increase their marketing costs. Essentially there is additional competition which the rights inherent in IP law were supposed to protect them from. Where the legitimate owner can identify the infringer they can take legal action. Typically IP disputes involve a split-trial, whereby the first trial determines who is the rightful owner of the IP and whether the IP was infringed and then a second trial deals with the quantum of damages. In most cases when the first issue is decided, the parties reach a resolution between themselves and, therefore, damages cases for IP disputes are rare. The infringing party typically either agrees to stop using the IP (and might pay some compensation for past use), or agrees to license the IP going forwards if the legitimate owner is prepared to agree to this. However, some disputes over quantum need further assessment with the formal calculation of loss suffered as a result of the infringement often requiring the assistance of a forensic accountant or valuer. Awarded damages are intended to put the claimants back in the position they would have been in had the infringement not occurred so, for example, not only can they claim for sales that they would have made, they can claim for additional costs incurred competing with the infringer and lower margin on the sales it did make. Calculation of the quantum of damages will take into consideration prior track record, forecasts, comparable companies (if there are any) and whatever additional market data there is available, including details of the sales made by the infringer. Where the infringing party is a bigger player in the market, it might have made more sales than the legitimate owner would have been capable of. In these cases, it is normal for the Court to award the legitimate owner not just the foregone profits on the additional sales it would have made, but also a reasonable royalty on the sales made by the infringing party that the legitimate owner could not have made on its own. Another interesting aspect of IP disputes is that the claimant can elect whether to claim as damages the losses it has suffered (as described above), or the profits generated by the infringer. The claimant is required to make the election early in the process but is provided with little financial information relating to the infringer on which to base their decision. Another issue in calculating the profits attributable to the infringing IP is to isolate the profits attributable to the infringed IP. A rather complicated formula came out of the precedent setting case of Celanese v BP, but essentially it requires apportionment and assumptions. Most claimants elect to www.acquisition-intl.com

claim their losses, but not all. Had the case of alleged copying by JK Rowling of a little known book called “Willy the Wizard” ever got to and succeeded at trial, I think it reasonable to assume the claimant would have elected an account of profits. Sometimes the IP owner, having proved themselves to be the legitimate owner, is nonetheless compelled by the Court to license the IP to the competitor where the IP is of significant importance. In such cases a reasonable royalty rate will need to be established in the same way as described above. Counterfeiters piggy back on the goodwill and designs of the genuine article and seek to create a product that resembles a particular branded product, or at least appears to belong to that brand. Most purchasers of counterfeit goods know they are not buying the genuine article and it is more difficult to estimate how many -would have purchased the genuine article. Recovering damages from counterfeiters can also be difficult. First it is often difficult to identify the company or individuals behind the fakes, and secondly they are usually transient and rarely have the resources to pay the damages. The IP owner instead needs to ensure these items are kept off the market, through closing down websites that offer the counterfeits or by liaising with trading standards to seize fakes. The IP owner also needs to keep a tight control over its supply chain to ensure there are no leakages. Some fakes turn out to contain genuine elements from companies that supply both the genuine article and the fake. Not all the damage of infringement stops when the infringers are closed down or taken to court. The damages calculation should take into account any quantifiable ongoing or future losses, and the infringing party will have to compensate the legitimate owner for those losses. In theory, any reduction in the value of the business should be compensated for. However, ours is not a perfect world and the company might suffer more long term damage than can be reliably demonstrated to a court. For example, where customers have established brand loyalty with an infringing company they might switch to the infringing party in respect of other products too, or the infringing party might have gained brand recognition as a result of its increased sales. Damage to the legitimate company’s brand value might be hard to quantify, especially where large volumes of counterfeit goods are on the market. A perception can be created that there is no need to buy the genuine article when there are alternatives that are much cheaper, even if not as good or worse People might also associate the fakes with the legitimate owner and perceive a drop in quality. Legitimate IP owners need to protect their IP as best they can, practically and legally. Where there has been infringement the challenge is to properly understand the damage that has been caused to their business so that settlements can be reached without a trial, or to demonstrate those losses to a court to ensure they are properly compensated.

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2014 IP Innovation Award - Flat Fee Servicing

Dennemeyer Group The Dennemeyer Group is composed of the law firm Dennemeyer & Associates and the service provider Dennemeyer IP Solutions, and has offices in all major jurisdictions in the world.

What areas have you focused on and what challenges have you overcome to win the 2014 IP Innovation Award? We focused on our new flat fee prosecution service on foreign filing, trying to find ways to improve this costly and time-consuming activity. Tell us about Dennemeyer’s overriding philosophy when it comes to your clients. Dennemeyer is very open to new approaches in IP services. We do traditional patent attorney consulting for individual clients, but we are also actively developing new approaches based, for example, on automation, legal process outsourcing or other improvements. As for our clients, we are trying to offer them excellent quality at reduced cost. And we are trying to achieve these reduced costs by improving the organisation of the different services. What about the culture within Dennemeyer? Dennemeyer has a very open, welcoming and innovative culture. I like to see new ideas grow. And I also like if an idea that I come up with is received with a positive attitude. We have the same openness towards any ideas from our clients about how to organise our interaction. We are very open to alternative fee arrangements or the partition of tasks between our clients and ourselves that may depart from traditional role models.

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What should clients be looking for when seeking the services of a firm in your sector and how does Dennemeyer go about meeting these requirements? I assume clients are looking for an excellent service at a reasonable price. And I think Dennemeyer is well positioned to offer this for many clients in many countries.

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Yours is a competitive industry. What sets Dennemeyer apart from your competitors and peers? Dennemeyer has a very large portfolio of services. This is due to the fact that Dennemeyer has a law firm and a service provider joined together in one group. This puts us in a position to always make the most suitable offer to our clients in different countries.

Dennemeyer is very open to new approaches in IP services. We do traditional patent attorney consulting for individual clients, but we are also actively developing new approaches based, for example, on automation, legal process outsourcing or other improvements. As for our clients, we are trying to offer them excellent quality at reduced cost. And we are trying to achieve these reduced costs by improving the organisation of the different services.

What have been the major trends in your industry over the past 12 months? Over the past 12 months, people have talked excessively about the European Unitary Patent and a Unified Patent Court, both of which will probably materialise soon. Whether this is a “trend”, I don’t know. Besides that there is the long ongoing change happening in the industry of service providers taking over parts of the services traditionally offered by IP law firms. This has brought along a number of changes in the industry, particularly for traditional law firms. A few US law firms stopped offering patent annuity payments at all. Also other profitable traditional areas of IP law firm services have lost in volume. This has generally led to a certain decrease in profitability of IP law firms.

Firm: Dennemeyer Name: Malte Köllner Email: info-ffm@dennemeyer-law.com Web: www.dennemeyer.com Address: 55, rue des Bruyères 1274 Howald, Luxembourg Phone: +352 276115-100 Fax: +352 276115-555


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Patents Law Firm of the Year - Italy

Notarbartolo & Gervasi S.p.A

How does it feel to have been named Patents Law Firm of the Year and to what do you most owe this success? Intellectual property rights are only valuable if they can be protected and exploited intelligently. At N&G we are devoted to maximizing the value of our clients’ intellectual property and technology assets. While we are proud that we are recognised as one of the leading intellectual property firms, we recognise that our success is best measured by the success of our clients. Tell us about N&G’s overriding philosophy when it comes to your clients. What do you see as the most relevant and vital areas to focus on when it comes to providing the best possible service? Virtually every member of the firm has either an engineering or scientific educational background and approximately one third have graduate degrees in different IP legal areas. Over 50 members of our firm are European patent attorneys, community trademark and design attorneys and Italian or German registered patent and trademark attorneys. This sophisticated level of technical and legal expertise offers a powerful benefit to our clients. Nevertheless, we go beyond the technical strength with the understanding of clients’ business. We use our focus and expertise to provide our clients with a competitive business advantage. That is why our clients consider us an indispensable strategic partner, integral to their success. Tell us about the culture within N&G and the things you do to maintain and develop it. How does it influence your interactions with and results achieved for your clients? The legal and technological landscape has changed significantly over the more than half a century that has passed since Mrs Gervasi and Mr Notarbartolo opened their first office in Milan. Advances in science, technology and marketing call for new strategies of protection and these developments have brought intellectual property issues to the forefront of the global economy. We have not only kept pace with these changes, we have helped to bring many of them about. Our clients appreciate N&G’s forward-looking advice. What sets N&G apart from your competitors and peers and how do you use this differentiation to your advantage? Our presence across Italy and Germany while restricting our practice to intellectual property law, combined with the capability to fully assist the clients from the filing of the IP rights to the exploitation and to the legal enforcement, makes N&G unique. With offices in all the major technological districts, we are able to readily satisfy all of our clients’ domestic needs. Many clients appreciate the convenience offered by our Munich office’s close proximity to the European Patent Office. Our offices span across two countries, but our practice covers the globe with a maximum international reach. For domestic clients who are expanding beyond national borders, we offer strategic www.acquisition-intl.com

counsel and an efficient gateway to the world. Over the course of several decades we have built relationships with leading associate firms throughout the world. Our clients know that their assets will be protected in and outside of Europe with the same sophisticated level of understanding and care that they receive at home. What have been the most prevalent trends in your industry over the past 12 months? A growing awareness of IP has been a key trend over the past year. The economic values of intellectual property play an increasing role in the market structures of the global and information society. This tends to direct intellectual property law towards a protection of investments: IP rights is developing into an economical and strategic instrument. More and more IP is perceived as the single most important element for the future growth and development of globalised economies, multinational and national companies. Modern innovations, inventions and trademarks that today claim protection have different features than before. Some are difficult to squeeze in under the traditional IP rights without changing the scope of protection. Thus, new phenomena tend to severely challenge the well-designed limitations of protection that once was created to achieve balance. Furthermore, if a few years ago we were only generally concerned about what was happening within our own territories or regions, this is not at all sufficient today. IP, like everything else, is depending on a global environment so advice on how to use the IP system must take into account that developed and developing countries are interdepending, and Europe, Asia, North and South America set the framework for any country’s IP developments and initiatives. What developments or changes do you see having the biggest impact on your business and industry over the coming year and where do you think the biggest opportunities – and challenges – will lie? Europe has for decades been criticised for the lack of a centralised European patent and a pan-European litigation system. The EU regulations regarding the Unitary Patent (UP) and the agreement for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) have now been concluded and both are to come into force once 13 member states have ratified the UPC Agreement. The most recent target date is early 2016. Now, many companies, and some IP firms too, seem to have forgotten that they are about to see the biggest ever shake-up of European patent legislation, with a wide-ranging of implications for all companies operating with patents in Europe. Companies will need to take these changes into consideration over the next couple of months and start thinking seriously about how they will protect and enforce their patents in Europe.

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“Intellectual property rights are only valuable if they can be protected and exploited intelligently. At N&G we are devoted to maximizing the value of our clients’ intellectual property and technology assets. While we are proud that we are recognised as one of the leading intellectual property firms, we recognise that our success is best measured by the success of our clients.” Firm: Notarbartolo & Gervasi Name: Diego Pallini Gervasi Email: d.pallini@ngpatent.it Web: www.ngpatent.com Address: 20122 Milan (Italy) Corso di Porta Vittoria, 9 Tel: +39 02 362161 Fax: +39 02 36216366


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The UP and UPC will offer patentees the capability to obtain broader protection and remedies than before, with a larger customer base involved and injunctions that are easier, cheaper and quicker to obtain. Of course such advantages brings with them greater risks: companies which lose unitary patent protection or a patent litigation before the UPC, could be left with no exclusivity for their products or, worse, could have their products banned from the entire continent. The stakes are high, and companies must rely on the best possible advice on their future patenting and freedom to operate strategies, together with their litigation strategies. N&G is ready for the challenges of the new European IP system.

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Full-Service IPR-Firm of the Year - Norway

Acapo Acapo’s services include advisory services within all fields of IP, with a particular focus on the filing and prosecution of applications for European and Norwegian patents.

How does it feel to have been named Full-Service IPR-Firm of the Year and to what do you most owe this success? It is an honour to be named Full-Service IPR-Firm of the Year. We have been working hard for many years to improve and grow our business. We are now the only IP firm with offices in the three largest cities in Norway: Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. This year we have also launched a new profile and website. Success is always a result of hard and strategic work. How important do you believe awards like this are? It is good to see that hard work and innovative thinking makes a difference. We always have the client in focus and aim to fulfil the client’s needs. It is important that our professionals and the rest of the industry can see that hard work is recognised . What areas have you focused on over the past year? We have focused on the clients, and very much on our Norwegian clients. Also, the clients’ needs and goals within their own business. This is what is important! Our job is to help the client to use IP as a tool to achieve their goals and visions. Tell us about the culture within Acapo. How does it influence your interactions with and results achieved for your clients? Our core values reflect our company culture. These values combined with our knowledge and experience help us to achieve our mission of creating increased opportunity and market leadership for our clients.

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Our vision is to be the preferred global IP-consultancy for Norwegian companies, and the preferred Norwegian IP-consultancy for international companies. What sets Acapo apart from your competitors? It is hard to say. I think we all work hard. We have, over several years, had to work our way up. We never allow ourselves to be comfortable or satisfied. Everything can always be better! We focus on the clients’ needs, we try to understand their business and aim to give them the best service possible. What do you think about the future of your business ? The future will be characterised by a great deal of innovation and increasingly fast technological change. Securing the right to exploit one’s own innovation is therefore vital to the continued success of a company. Competition will become greater and closer, patents, designs and trademarks will play an increasingly important role. We hope and believe that our passion for IP will also motivate our clients to see clearly the value and importance of their intellectual assets, and thus give these assets the attention and priority they need, for them to be important tools and to achieve their goals and create success for their business.

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“It is an honour to be named Full-Service IPR-Firm of the Year. We have been working hard for many years to improve and grow our business. We are now the only IP firm with offices in the three largest cities in Norway: Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. This year we have also launched a new profile and website. Success is always a result of hard and strategic work.” Firm: Acapo Name: Email: hvb@acapo.no Web: http://acapo.no/ Address: Acapo AS, P.O Box 1880 Nordnes, 5817 Bergen, Norway Tel: +47 55 21 40 80 Fax: +47 55 21 40 81


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Patent Infringement Litigation Law Firm of the Year - China

Allbright Law offices AllBright Law Offices is one of the leading full-service law firms in the People’s Republic of China, providing a comprehensive range of legal solutions and services to both domestic and international clients from the firm’s offices throughout mainland China and Hong Kong.

How does it feel to have been named Patent Infringement Litigation Law Firm of the Year? We are honoured to receive the award as it recognises our excellence in this legal practice. We owe this success most to our talented people and their hard work. The award is a result of the firm’s work over the past year. What areas have you focused on? We have always been focused on the fields of intellectual property and capital markets. As to the biggest challenges that we have faced, it is undoubtedly the high level of competition in the legal industry. How important do you believe awards like this to be? Receiving such industry practice awards is exceptionally important for us and for our peers. Acquisition International is a leading professional publication with a global subscribership. It is really a great honour for us to be recognized by AI as a preeminent law firm in the patent litigation field. Receiving such an award also enhances our international reputation and to be better known by more and more potential clients around the world. Does Allbright Law Offices have an overriding philosophy? Yes. AllBright’s overriding philosophy is that the client always comes first and that we must focus on the unique needs of each of our clients. Providing the highest level of professional service requires expert legal knowledge, excellent communication skills and teamwork. What sets Allbright Law Offices apart from your competitors and peers? How do you use this to your advantage? As the largest law firm headquartered in Shanghai, Allbright has 11 offices on the Chinese mainland, and one office in Hong Kong. Moreover, Allbright has over 860 attorneys, including 99 senior partners who focus on a full range of legal fields. As a result, AllBright is a full-service legal firm.

hance connectedness and teamwork. We believe these methods foster a culture that results in responsive, superior client service. What have been the most prevalent trends in your industry over the past 12 months? In our opinion, disputes raised from intellectual property rights on the internet, the increasing sophistication of the intellectual property rights barrier and disputes raised by and between Chinese and foreign entities have intensified over the past 12 months. And what about the year to come – what developments or changes in your business do you see having the biggest impact? The tremendous development of digital network technologies and globalisation are having an enormous impact on the legal industry. We intend to pursue a global outlook to find more opportunities and to better serve our clients.

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“We are honoured to receive the award as it recognises our excellence in this legal practice. We owe this success most to our talented people and their hard work.” Firm: Allbright Law offices Name: David Naiwei Chen Email: davidchen@allbrightlaw.com Web: www.allbrightlaw.com Address: 14F, Citigroup Tower, 33 Hua Yuan Shi Qiao Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200120, P. R. China 28F, HongKong Plaza, No. 283 Huai Hai Road (Mid), Huangpu District, Shanghai 200021, P. R. China Tel: +86 21 6105-9000 Fax: +86 21 6105-9100

What should clients be looking for when seeking a litigation firm? Clients should seek out legal firms with a good reputation, experience, and which specialise in the legal services required. In order to meet these requirements, AllBright’s attorneys work within a modern and forward-looking partnership, and our firm attracts a great number of experienced legal professionals. AllBright consistently places the interests of our clients foremost. Tell us about the culture within Allbright. AllBright has a democratic management structure. We established a senior partner committee to decide the firm’s governance matters. We listen to everyone’s voice so as to motivate the partners to take on new initiatives. We also promote camaraderie amongst our peers both during and outside of working hours in order to en-

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Design Protection Law Firm of the Year - Germany

Beetz & Partner Beetz & Partner is a medium-sized law firm in the heart of Munich offering services in patent, trademark and design matters for German and international clientele.

What areas have you focused on and what challenges have you overcome to be named Design Protection Law Firm of the Year? We have put a strong focus on the multiple approaches relating to design protection in Germany: registered designs, copyright law and – with increasing importance – unfair competition law. Tell us about Beetz & Partner’s overriding philosophy when it comes to your clients. What do you see as the most vital areas to focus on? I think that high quality services should always include clear and concise communication – avoiding “legalese”. Clients should always understand what is happening and why. What should clients be looking for when seeking a design protection law firm? Design protection in Germany has many different aspects requiring expertise in industrial property law, unfair competition law and copyright law. A design protection law firm in Germany should be able to combine these approaches in an optimal way specific for every case.

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Tell us about the culture within Beetz & Partner and the things you do to maintain and develop it. How does it influence your interactions with and results achieved for your clients? We try to offer high-quality services in a concentrated way. Interactions with our clients are preferably personal while keeping the orientation to the client’s goals. Internally, we try to maintain a quiet and concentrated atmosphere in order to focus on the respective tasks. What sets Beetz & Partner apart from your competitors and peers and how do you use this differentiation to your advantage? Beetz and Partner is a fairly old firm (established 1926) and combines outstanding and extensive experience, which is honoured and preserved along with vivid interest in the most recent developments in our field of law. What have been the most prevalent trends in your industry over the past 12 months? The most exciting development is the agreement on the establishment of the European Unified Patent Court – surely the most fascinating challenge for legal practitioners in our generation.

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“We have put a strong focus on the multiple approaches relating to design protection in Germany: registered designs, copyright law and – with increasing importance – unfair competition law.” Firm: Beetz & Partner Name: Michael Thesen Email: mthesen@beetz.com Web: http://www.beetz.com/ Address: Steinsdorfstr. 10 80538 München Deutschland Tel: +49 89 21 68 91 00 Fax: +49 89 21 68 92 00


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Data Protection Law Firm of the Year - Portugal

Cuatrecasas Goncalves Pereira Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira is a leading law firm in Spain and Portugal.

We represent most of the largest listed Spanish and Portuguese companies, and advise on strategic transactions and foreign investments in the Iberian market. We have 235 partners and 718 associates, all with the same focus: the client. We give clients practical and innovative advice, responding to the challenges they face today. Our headquarters are located in Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon. We have international offices in the largest financial centres, Latin America, Asia and Africa. We have relationships and experience with the best law firms worldwide, so we can meet clients’ legal needs anywhere. We advise on all areas of business law, including 18 practice areas and 15 industry-specific knowledge groups. We offer the same level of quality throughout our legal services. We have a long tradition of advising the Iberian business sector; over 70% of Ibex35 and PSI20 companies, and many Euro Stoxx 50-listed companies are clients of the firm. We have extensive experience in all areas of business law and advising companies on their daily business and on large transactions.

involved. If required by the characteristics and complexity of a case, a team of partners would coordinate the advice. We aim to provide solutions to our clients’ business needs. Therefore, our lawyers provide legal advice with the firm belief that meeting our clients’ needs is the best way to measure our efficiency and assess our work. Committed to using advanced technology in our legal practice, we give our lawyers access to the most-up-to date IT and multimedia resources: services for the exchange and sharing of digital files (FTP servers, online legal assistance service and case management) with clients; web-based applications and mobile devices ensuring our lawyers are always connected and have unlimited mobility; and SAP technology, being the fourth law firm in the world to have installed SAP technology. As our relationships with clients are based on trust and mutual understanding, we can offer them more efficient advice and a fully customised service.

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“We represent most of the largest listed Spanish and Portuguese companies, and advise on strategic transactions and foreign investments in the Iberian market.” Firm: Cuatrecasas Goncalves Pereira Name: Leonor Chastre Email: cuatrecasas@ cuatrecasasgoncalvespereira.com Web: www.cuatrecasas.com Address: Praça Marquês de Pombal, 2, 1250-160 Lisbon Portugal Tel: +351 21 355 38 00 Fax: +351 21 353 23 62

With deep knowledge of all business sectors, we offer clients tailor-made, focused advice to meet their needs. We are a full service firm, with recognised experts in each field. Our lawyers apply innovation and quality standards on their client focused advice. We have specialised knowledge management centres for each practice, ensuring the most up-to-date legal knowledge. We have academics and university lecturers in the firm, offering top-quality internal training, establishing criteria for interpreting the law, and advising on the most sophisticated cases. We organise constant training programs for our lawyers with the best in-house specialists, ensuring we provide the most up-to-date and added value legal advice. We are aware of the importance of updating our clients throughout the various processes and are fully dedicated to the matters we work on, striving to resolve them with the maximum diligence possible. Ongoing communication with our clients is fundamental; we inform them of the strategies we apply when handling their cases and continuously update them on the management of those cases. Each case is coordinated and managed by a partner who participates directly in the case and coordinates the work of the lawyers www.acquisition-intl.com


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Patents Law Firm of the Year - UK

Downing Intellectual Property LLP Downing IP is an independently-owned and independently-minded firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, specialising in preparing and filing patent applications, trade mark applications, and registered design applications.

Downing IP was founded in 2012 when Michael Downing decided that it was time to leave his former practice and set up afresh; a core of his existing clients decided that they wished to move with him to his new professional home and in doing so they ensured the continuing viability of the practice. Michael remains deeply grateful to them for the trust which they showed then and continue to do now. “We are naturally quite delighted to have won this award,” says Michael. “It came as a complete surprise. Without doubt, the credit belongs to our clients. The common thread among our clients is that they are innovative or distinctive. Our clients come up with some of the most thoughtful inventions around, and we help them protect those inventions so that their benefits can be realised by the wider community.”

Michael is also of the belief that awards like this are vitally important, not just for individual firms but for the wider industry, and is in no doubt that his firm’s success is down to its unique approach, forward-thinking philosophy and dedication. “The IP profession is one that is changing fast, but slow to react and awards like this can alert clients and associates to new firms and new opportunities,” he says. “The first challenge for us was to get the new practice off the ground and up and running and thanks are due in that regard to our Records Manager, Lin Bishop, who developed and refined the new practice’s working processes. “In this business, we don’t just say that we are an independent-minded firm – we apply it in everything that we do. Our clients come to us to take advantage of our expertise, so even if they are quite specific as to what they want, we will always think around the issue they have brought to us and may suggest something quite different. “We’re not afraid to challenge the Patent Offices, either – sometimes they are right, in which case we will be frank with our client and look for an alternative route, but often their objection is flawed and we are more than willing to stand up and tell them this.” So, with all this in mind, what does Michael believe are the hallmarks of a successful patent attorney? “The most important thing to look for is a patent attorney who will tailor their service around you and your invention,” he explains. “Every invention is different so the problems it faces will be different, and the optimal solution available from the IP system might well be quite unique. Yes, there are routes through the IP system that are well-worn and applicable to many different inventions, but make sure that the route is being chosen for you because it suits you, not because it is the most convenient one for the firm in question.” And what of the wider patents industry? Where does Michael see it going over the coming months and years? “As the global economic contraction took hold in recent years, we noticed our work shifting from creation of new IP rights to enforcement of existing rights so that clients could preserve their share of shrinking markets. We have noticed that pattern reversing, with clients focusing on new innovation and new filings. We think this is a strong indicator of growth to come soon. “The European Patent Court is also coming and this will change the nature of patent enforcement in the EU and affect the style of prosecution of patent applications in the European Patent Office.”

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“Without doubt, the credit belongs to our clients. Our clients come up with some of the most thoughtful inventions around, and we help them protect those inventions so that their benefits can be realised by the wider community.” Firm: Downing Intellectual Property LLP Name: Michael Downing Email: michael@downing-ip.com Web: www.downing-ip.com Address: Oak House, Oak End Way, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 8BR Tel: +44 1753 422591 Fax: +44 1753 885836


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Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany

engel patentanwaltskanzlei

Tell us about engel patentanwaltskanzlei, your clients and the services you offer? Patent law firm engel patentanwaltskanzlei (engel) is clearly focused on the field of Intellectual Property. We have been orientating our way of working and structure towards the needs of medium-sized, and emergent, innovation oriented enterprises. We support these enterprises with regard to the acquisition, enforcement and defense of patents, trademarks and designs. How does it feel to have been named Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year and to what do you most owe this success? We are very pleased that the quality of our work has been appreciated by awarding this internationally known prize. It makes us feel confident that high-quality services even of smaller law firms are taken into consideration. First and foremost, we owe this success to the continuously engaged and competent work of each of our employees. Finally, the creative ideas of these individuals are essential for successful counselling of our clients, which is almost independent of the size of a law firm. How important do you believe awards like this to be, both to individual businesses like engel patentanwaltskanzlei and to your wider industry? On short notice, the quality of legal services can hardly be evaluated by the clients. Success or failure especially in court proceedings only act as one of a variety of indicators for a long-term and high-quality counselling service. Thus, a main indication for excellent attorney services is the satisfaction of each single client, who is best able to evaluate, whether his attorney’s services have been useful and worthwhile for him. A recognized prize such as the IP AWARD transforms this satisfaction of single clients into a comprehensible form for third persons. Especially in a field where contents of previous services can hardly be published, such an award can help enterprises to find adequate counsellors for their special demands. Of course, this IP AWARD is also a good instrument for ep’s future public relations work. What areas have you focused on and what challenges have you overcome to be named Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year? engel is convinced that a main precondition for successful handling of patent law cases is an excellent technical understanding, both when formulating the patent application as well as for the upcoming enforcement/ defense of the patent. engel’s patent attorneys bring along these skills on the basis of their university engineering education. Moreover, profound legal knowledge is required for infringement proceedings, which we are offered by our in-house specialists and our willingness to collaborate with external litigators. Tell us about engel patentanwaltskanzlei’s overriding philosophy when it comes to your clients. What do you see as the most relevant and vital areas to focus on when it comes to providing the best possible service? engel wants to support medium-sized, and emergent, innovative enterprises in protecting their intellectual property. For this, we bear these enterprises’ capacities in mind. For this purpose, worthwhile technical innovations need to be patented, a coordinated trademark strategy needs to be pursued and unnecessary litigations need to be avoided. At the same time, legal positions need to be asserted even in court proceedings, if an amicable arrangement cannot be reached. For engel it has always top priority to find an efficient solution for the client’s legal problems –

because enterprises want to be successful with entering the market with new products and ideas. What should clients be looking for when seeking a law firm and how does engel patentanwaltskanzlei go about meeting these requirements? We use to advise our clients to check in preparation of placing an order whether the focusing of an enterprise and of a counselor go well together. Do you need a law firm to fight with maximum personal capacity against an overpowering opponent? Or do you rather create an adequate portfolio of intellectual property rights suitable for the enterprise? Does the counselor understand not only the legal situation of the enterprise, but also its position in the market and – especially for the field of patents – its innovations? Often, a detailed personal consultation can already provide the right answers on such questions after the first conversation. Tell us about the culture within engel patentanwaltskanzlei and the things you do to maintain and develop it. How does it influence your interactions with and results achieved for your clients? It is important for engel to consider the aforementioned aspects in the long run and to continuously keep the focus of work stable over years. This includes also the continuous qualification of the employees and the cautious development of the human resources – in this regard it is clear for us that quality is above quantity. Likewise, we attach great importance to the creation of an open way of conversation with our clients. What sets engel patentanwaltskanzlei apart from your competitors and peers and how do you use this differentiation to your advantage? engel has found its position and way of working and combines a technically high quality of work - which does not need to shy away from comparisons with bigger law firms - with the flexibility and way of communication of a rather small enterprise. Therefore, we can continuously offer our target audience IP counselling over many years, independent of any current questions, respectively. What have been the most prevalent trends in your industry over the past 12 months? After a phase of increasing concentration of big law firms having dozens or hundreds of attorneys it is noticeable that the negative effects of such concentrations (huge administrative efforts, mandate conflicts, lack of stability due to split-offs of whole teams) can easily predominate the advantages. We find that – at least in Germany – there is an increasing orientation towards medium structures, by which our own strategy is confirmed.

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“We are very pleased that the quality of our work has been appreciated by awarding this internationally known prize. It makes us feel confident that high-quality services even of smaller law firms are taken into consideration. First and foremost, we owe this success to the continuously engaged and competent work of each of our employees. Finally, the creative ideas of these individuals are essential for successful counselling of our clients, which is almost independent of the size of a law firm.” Firm: engel patentanwaltskanzlei Name: Christoph K. Engel Email: office@engel-patent.com Web: www.engel-patent.com Address: marktplatz 6 98527 suhl - germany Tel: +49 [3681] 7977-0 Fax: +49 [3681] 7977-99

What developments or changes do you see having the biggest impact on your business and industry over the coming year and where do you think the biggest opportunities – and challenges – will lie? At the same time, the conflict points between enterprises in the field of industry are growing. Legal front lines are passing between big and small enterprises and increasingly in global competition, too. For IP counsellors it will be very important in future to maintain a good network with colleagues in other countries to be able to support the medium-sized clients even with their transnational problems. The development of appropriate collaborations can lead to an expansion of own competences and even out possible remaining structural disadvantages towards big internationally established law firms.

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IP Strategy Law Firm of the Year - Washington D.C.

Fiala & Weaver PLLC

Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C. is a law firm specializing in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law. We help our clients secure their investment in innovation through the procurement, enforcement and transfer of intellectual property rights. In addition to being experienced legal practitioners, our attorneys possess technical degrees and industry experience working for technology companies. This combination of legal and technical expertise allows us to understand our clients’ business objectives and provide focused legal advice for achieving them. We work with a variety of clients to secure intellectual property rights in many areas of technology including electrical, mechanical, software, Internet, mobile devices, communications, and many other technology spaces. Examples of such technologies include analog and digital circuits, semiconductor processing/ fabrication, integrated circuit packaging, wired and wireless communication systems and protocols, computer software, operating systems, computer architecture, microprocessors, graphics processors, cloud-based applications, computer networking, data compression and encryption, Internet-related applications, radio

frequency identification (RFID), optics, digital image detection, photosensors, speech recognition, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), mobile devices, data storage, biometrics, 3D television, nanotechnology, MEMS technology, medical devices, power generation, storage devices and systems, and business methods/e-commerce.

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We draft, file, and prosecute patent applications in the U.S. and around the world for U.S. based and international corporations. We work with a network of international law firms to secure intellectual property rights for clients anywhere in the world.

“We are very proud to have been named IP Strategy Law Firm of the Year. We believe we owe this success to our clear focus on quality. Our number one focus is on providing high quality work product to our clients in a timely fashion. We believe this sets us apart from other law firms specializing in intellectual property.”

We are very proud to have been named IP Strategy Law Firm of the Year. We believe we owe this success to our clear focus on quality. Our number one focus is on providing high quality work product to our clients in a timely fashion. We believe this sets us apart from other law firms specializing in intellectual property. To learn more about our firm, please come visit us at www.fwiplaw. com. To view our articles about news and events in the world of intellectual property law, please visit www.fwiplaw.com/news.

Firm: Fiala & Weaver PLLC Name: Jeffrey S Weaver Email: jweaver@fwiplaw.com Web: http://fwiplaw.com/ Address: 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Suite 300 Washington, D.C. 20006 Tel: +1 202.244.3003 Fax: +1 202.244.3088

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Patent Applications Drafting Specialist of the Year - Germany

MERH-IP Matias Erny Reichl Hoffmann (MERH-IP)is a young IP firm which was founded in March 2009 by Bruno M. Matias, Tobias Erny, Wolfgang Reichl and Eckart Hoffmann. The firm handles all IP matters including patents utility models, trademarks, design applications and so on, with a focus on prosecution.

How does it feel to have been named Patent Applications Drafting Specialist of the Year, Germany? To what do you most owe this success? It is an honour for us to be named Patent Application Drafting Specialist of the Year and it reflects our wide experience in drafting new applications, especially in very high demanding technical areas such as signal processing, semiconductors, circuits and software. Our clients in such areas include DMG Mori Seiki, Hitachi, Blackberry, Alcatel Lucent, NTT and NTT DOCOMO (the Japanese mobile phone operator), Dolby, Dialog Semiconductor, the European Space Agency, Fuji Electric and Seiko Epson Corporation. These clients require very high technical knowledge in cutting-edge technologies and you need attorneys who have both a good legal qualification and a technical education which is up-todate. In these fields one should not have left university more than five to seven years ago in order to be up-to-date, or alternatively one should have particular relevant experience from the industry. Since it is very difficult to find highly educated, high-performing people in the free market, all of our young associates have been educated and trained by ourselves to become patent attorneys. This investment over a period of more than three or four years is now turning out to be very fruitful. How important do you believe awards like this is, both to individual businesses like MERH-IP and to your wider industry? We feel that such awards are very important, both for us and in to the wider area of IP. This is firstly because, as a rather young firm, the award means we are able to promote our reputation. As attorneys, our professional standard rules dictate that we are not allowed to advertise, and therefore to be honoured with such an award gives us the opportunity to reveal our competence to potential clients. What areas have you focused on to be named Patent Applications Drafting Specialist of the Year, Germany? We are basically focused on electrical engineering, telecommunications, software and mechanical engineering.

that a good responsiveness is one of the most important factors when it comes to client-attorney relationship. Essentially, the client should have the feeling that you are always by his or her side. This is what we try to convey with our registered trademark, “MERH-IP taking care of your IP”. What sets MERH-IP apart from your competitors? Today, in addition to legal competence, clients require very high competence in the respective technical area. However, most importantly, people also need good communication skills to be able to transport all the information in a proper and understandable manner to the client. Since we have gained considerable experience in the industry in the R&D field ourselves, we speak the language of the client and know exactly about the internal processes of R&D engineers in the industry.

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“It is an honour for us to be named Patent Application Drafting Specialist of the Year and it reflects our wide experience in drafting new applications, especially in very high demanding technical areas such as signal processing, semiconductors, circuits and software. Our clients in such areas include DMG Mori Seiki, Hitachi, Blackberry, Alcatel Lucent, NTT and NTT DOCOMO (the Japanese mobile phone operator), Dolby, Dialog Semiconductor, the European Space Agency, Fuji Electric and Seiko Epson Corporation.”

Firm: MERH-IP Name: Tobias Erny Email: info@merh-ip.com Web: http://merh-ip.com/ Address: 80336 München Paul-Heyse-Str. 29 Tel: +49 89 189 31 49 00 Fax: +49 89 189 31 49 10

A new pillar of our work is the evaluation of patents and trademarks. We have successfully evaluated patent portfolios of our clients and have gained experience in this interdisciplinary field between legal, financial and management activities. What’s your philosophy when it comes to your clients? Our general philosophy is to provide well-founded, responsible advice. We understand ourselves to be service providers in the field of IP. Our mission is to give the client a well-founded basis for an informed decision to be taken. Our job is to show the clients possible legal actions he or she may take and the consequences which are likely to result from these actions. Then, on the basis of this information, the client may take a decision. Our experience is www.acquisition-intl.com


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Most Trusted IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - UK

Olswang Olswang is an international law firm headquartered in London and with additional offices in the UK, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, Munich, Paris and Singapore.

It is great to have won this award. IP is essential to our clients. It is also central to most of the advice, transactions and disputes handled by our firm. We are regularly involved in “bet the company” IP disputes and winning this award is a testament to our reputation for innovative approaches and shaping the law when that is necessary. At Olswang we are very client-focused. Understanding our clients’ business environment and having a sector approach is what sets us apart. We focus on delivering the best results for our clients and sometimes that includes offering expertise other than our own to deliver the best result. Founded in 1981, Olswang is a pioneering firm with a distinctive approach to business law. Thanks to our decisive, connected and highly commercial people, we have built an unparalleled TMT practice, which makes us the firm of choice for true innovation in the UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific. We are recognised as being one of a small handful of “go to” firms for IP in Europe and Asia. We have more than 100 lawyers and patent and trade mark attorneys in our offices, specialising in trade marks, unfair competition, domain names, copyright, design, databases, know how and other confidential information, and patents. With patent attorneys in London and at the headquarters of the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, we are the only truly full-service, cross-border IP team in Europe. Our IP clients include Sky, Microsoft, ZTE, Vodafone, Richemont Group, ITV and Imagination Technologies. We have deep knowledge of the industries in which our clients operate and exceptional understanding of the technology, communications, life sciences, fashion and media sectors. We are especially well-regarded for our commercial awareness, deep client relationships and have a rigorous approach to managing budgets to ensure a cost-effective and value-driven service. Our team of patent attorneys and many of our litigation lawyers have science and engineering degrees, so we are capable of handling highly complex technical disputes. Our lawyers handle all types of disputes about IP – trade marks, unfair competition, domain names, copyright, design, databases, know how and other confidential information, and patents. Our clients are involved in the enforcement, and defending the validity, of national and European IP rights. We regularly advise on contractual disputes about IP rights and the valuation of IP, especially in setting royalty rates before the IP licensing authorities such as the UK Copyright Tribunal. We are regularly involved in “bet the company” disputes and have a reputation for innovative approaches and shaping the law when that is necessary. In addition, many of the cases we manage inwww.acquisition-intl.com

volve careful handling of the interaction between IP rights and competition (anti-trust) law. With teams based in London, Munich, Brussels, Paris and Madrid, we conduct litigation in each of the key European countries. We also have considerable experience of devising strategies and co-ordinating litigation across Europe. We ensure we adopt a consistent position with litigation in other countries to maximise the likelihood of overall success. When seeking an IP advisory firm, clients should primarily be looking for trust. Trust in your legal advisor is important to clients who rely on you to guide them through the complexities of IP. IP is one of our clients’ most valuable assets, and we are committed to understanding, exploiting and defending their clever ideas. The imminent implementation of the Unitary Patent System, with the Unified Patent Court splitting between Paris, London and Munich has been a major development in IP law. With leading patent law practitioners in each city, Olswang is perfectly placed to deliver a seamless service to clients looking to protect their patents at a European level. As for the coming year, a lot of the changes that come out of the European Union Commission will impact our clients’ businesses in Europe, and as such we will be adapting to support their legal needs. As clients expand their businesses across Europe there is a need for multijurisdictional advice and we are ready to support their legal requirements, protecting and defending global brands.

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“It is great to have won this award. IP is essential to our clients. It is also central to most of the advice, transactions and disputes handled by our firm. We are regularly involved in “bet the company” IP disputes and winning this award is a testament to our reputation for innovative approaches and shaping the law when that is necessary.” Firm: Olswang Name: Michael Burdon Paul Stevens Email: michael.burdon@olswang.com paul.stevens@olswang.com Web: www.olswang.com Address: 90 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6XX DX 37972 KINGSWAY Tel: +44 (0) 20 7067 3000 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7067 3999


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Community Trademark Specialist of the Year - Spain

PADIMA PADIMA, Agentes de la Propiedad Industrial is an IP law firm based in Alicante, Spain.

What does it mean to you to be named Community Trademark Specialist of the Year? From our point of view, it is an honour to receive this recognition and it help us a lot to continue in the right direction. We represent worldwide clients, both national and multinational, and we are really happy to be recognised for our work in the community trademark and design system before the OHIM and the IP Courts. What have you focused on to be named Community Trademark Specialist of the Year? Trademark is an important, but not the only key of innovation and/ or creativity management. That´s why we fit trademark needs within a general and strategic vision in the company. We like to operate in the area where marketing and IP come together. How important do you believe awards like this to be? Our mission is to help companies and individuals transform their innovation and creativity into value. Of course, receiving this award makes our team much more proud of our daily work and is a reference for our clients.

When it comes to providing the best possible service, what are the most important areas to focus on? As said before, our main selling point is the way we fuse marketing skills with IPRs as a marketing tool. In this regard, in PADIMA you can easily find many new and unusual services trying to turn all creative efforts that normally occur in companies into value. In addition, we also have a technical area dealing with patents and a considerable and successfully legal area. The balance between these three areas is a key factor in our market-leading position. Tell us about the culture within PADIMA. We are leasing to the market as much as we can. We try to be close to our clients to detect their necessities and to work hard to get their satisfaction. Padima focuses its efforts on taking care of the differences of our clients to became a good competitive advantage, offering a global strategy on its protection and defense. What should clients be looking for when seeking a trademark specialist? In our opinion, flexibility is the main characteristic for all kind of companies. Understanding and putting yourself in other peoples’ shoes is what makes people trust you. That’s easy to say, but difficult to do.

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“From our point of view, it is an honour to receive this recognition and it help us a lot to continue in the right direction. We represent worldwide clients, both national and multinational, and we are really happy to be recognised for our work in the community trademark and design system before the OHIM and the IP Courts.” Firm: Padima, Agentes de la Propiedad Industrial, S.L. Name: Eva Toledo Alarcón Email: e.toledo@padima.es Web: http://padima.es/en Address: C/ Gerona,17,1º A-B, 03001 Alicante (España) Tel: + 34 965 14 58 09 Fax: + 34 965 14 51 82

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Full Service IP Law Firm of the Year - the Philippines

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Tell us about Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles, your clients and the services you offer. Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles traces its roots to the law firm of Gibbs, McDonough and Ozaeta that practiced law in the Philippines in 1902, under the American regime. The firm offers a full range of legal services with its team of talented and experienced lawyers who are experts in their own fields. The firm is composed of more than 95 lawyers – all of whom speak English fluently, and majority of whom have received training and graduate degrees from international universities. The firm offers a full range of legal services including mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, foreign investments, dispute resolution, art & antiquity, taxation, mining, oil & gas, infrastructure, environment, family, immigration, insurance, labor & employment, real estate, securities, banking, intellectual property, aviation, and admiralty. How does it feel to have been named Full Service IP Law Firm of the Year and to what do you most owe this success? We are truly elated to receive this honor. We believe this award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our lawyers and paralegal staff. We also owe our success to the unwavering trust given by our numerous clients. How important do you believe awards like this to be, both to individual businesses like Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles and to your wider industry? We are engaged in an industry where reputation weighs heavily on the choice of law firms. By being awarded the Full Service IP Firm of the Year, it validates the trust reposed on us by our clients since our IP practice began in the early 1900s. What areas have you focused on and what challenges have you overcome to be named Full Service IP Law Firm of the Year? We have always been focused on providing quality work to our clients on a consistent basis. The biggest challenge has been not just to maintain but to further improve the quality of work despite the growth of our clientele. Another major challenge has been to ensure our position as a top tier firm amongst the growing number of law firms in the country through the continuous upgrading of our systems, technology and procedures. Tell us about Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ overriding philosophy when it comes to your clients. What do you see as the most relevant and vital areas to focus on when it comes to providing the best possible service? Again, it is a matter of providing quality service on a consistent basis. In order to maintain the quality of our service, we need to keep abreast of all developments in the law and ensure that our www.acquisition-intl.com

lawyers are properly equipped to address our client’s needs. This emphasizes the need to constantly educate ourselves on changing trends and practices, whether locally or internationally. What should clients be looking for when seeking an IP law firm and how does Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles go about meeting these requirements? In seeking an IP law firm, clients should consider reputation and the size, diversity and quality of the IP portfolio being handled by the firm. We believe our reputation speaks for itself since we are consistently a top firm in the Philippines with respect to both patent and trademark filings, enforcement and litigation. Tell us about the culture within Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles and the things you do to maintain and develop it. How does it influence your interactions with and results achieved for your clients? All our lawyers have been trained not merely to identify issues and present different approaches to a problem, but to find and recommend solutions. We believe the interests of our clients are not being served if we merely inform them of the issues. Our clients are best served when we provide them with long lasting solutions to any issues that may arise. This resolve to find answers drives our lawyers to produce consistent results for our clients. What sets Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles apart from your competitors and peers and how do you use this differentiation to your advantage? We have always been proud of our reputation as a law firm known for its values of strength, persistence, integrity, and trust. Most of our clients are multinational or foreign entities with their own sets of corporate values and ethical standards. We believe our own values dovetail very well with the values of our clients. What have been the most prevalent trends in your industry over the past 12 months? Among others, we have seen significant changes in viewing IP rights as an asset in mergers and acquisitions. Previously, the transfer or assignment of IP rights as a result of a merger or acquisition was a mere afterthought in the process. Lately, we have seen transactions wherein IP rights were either the driving force, or were considered a major asset, subject of the merger or acquisition. What developments or changes do you see having the biggest impact on your business and industry over the coming year and where do you think the biggest opportunities – and challenges – will lie? Given the fast pace of technological development, clients are now more demanding with respect to our response times. Moving forward, we need to continuously find ways to improve the quality of service we provide and the timeliness of our responses. We realize that this is a never ending quest.

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“We are truly elated to receive this honor. We believe this award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our lawyers and paralegal staff. We also owe our success to the unwavering trust given by our numerous clients.” Firm: Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles Name: Benjamin Z. Lerma Email: benjamin.lerma@romulo.com Web: www.romulo.com Address: 21st Floor, Philamlife Tower 8767 Paseo De Roxas Makati City 1226, Philippines Tel: +632 555-9555 Fax: +632 815-3172


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IP Rights Specialist of the Year - Germany

RUHR-IP Patent Attorneys RUHR-IP Patent Attorneys, established by Dr Tanja Bendele, is a team of patent attorneys, each of whom has their own entrepreneurial and business experience in the field of industrial property rights.

The team at Ruhr-IP Patent Attorneys is very proud to be chosen as the winner of IP Rights Specialist of the Year. At RUHR-IP Patent Attorneys we advise you with entrepreneurial vision so as to ensure your long-term success. We consider ourselves to be a creative partner for the optimum safeguarding of your innovations, as well as for the avoidance of infringement of the property rights of third parties. The team is specialised in the safeguarding, defence and enforcement of your intellectual property rights and has been working since 2000 in the field of industrial property rights. We provide individual, case-related, cost efficient advice and a portfolio strategy to SMEs, large corporations and business founders and counsels, and represent domestic and international clients in all technical fields and worldwide on all aspects of the intellectual property rights law. This includes patents and utility models, trademarks, registered designs, design and copyright law, licenses and cases of infringement.

Through our close cooperation with selected law firms and business experts, we are able to offer our clients complete counsel and representation from every point of view.

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Over the last few years, the needs of clients as well as the consulting and patent audit environment have markedly changed and become more flexible. It is amongst SMEs that the need for comprehensive strategic and business consulting is becoming more widely expressed. Recognition is growing that more target-oriented and efficient assistance for SMEs can be achieved when handled by an integrated and similarly medium-sized patent law office with a well-connected network with shared areas of expertise.

“The team at Ruhr-IP Patent Attorneys is very proud to be chosen as the winner of IP Rights Specialist of the Year.�

In the area of large industry, there is an increased demand for focused advice that takes into account creative personal patent law strengths and a rapid availability for larger projects. Here, too, there is recognition that such flexibility is best provided by a dynamic team of patent attorneys.

Firm: RUHR-IP Patent Attorneys Name: Dr. Bendele Email: bendele@RUHR-IP.com Web: www.ruhr-ip.com Address: Markuspfad 2-4 D-45133 Essen Tel: +49 (201) 17 00 35 90 Fax: +49 (201) 17 00 35 98

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IP Infringement Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Japan

STW & Partners Hajime Watanabe, one of the founding partners of law firm STW & Partners, tells Acquisition International why the firm has become such a runaway success.

STW & Partners was established in 2007 by eight lawyers who left Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM), one of the “Big Four” law firms in Japan, to form a new, cutting-edge law firm. By combining the wealth of highly specialised knowledge and experience that each partner at STW & Partners brings to the firm, we are able to provide innovative legal advice in a flexible and effective manner that is tailored to each individual matter while maintaining a broad perspective unfettered by any one particular field. Our firm offers a wide range of legal services, including provision of legal advice with respect to the management and organization of a company, multi-national and cross-border transactions, general corporate matters, complex domestic and international litigation and other dispute resolution matters, insolvency, intellectual property, M&A, finance and anti-trust law matters.

We are very pleased to have been named IP Infringement Litigation Law Firm of the Year. We believe awards like this are very important to individual businesses like STW & Partners and to our wider industry. They are especially useful in letting foreign companies know about our firm and our services.

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To be named IP Infringement Litigation Law Firm of the Year, we have consistently tried to provide the best quality work for clients in all technical areas.

“We are very pleased to have been named IP Infringement Litigation Law Firm of the Year. We believe awards like this are very important to individual businesses like STW & Partners and to our wider industry. They are especially useful in letting foreign companies know about our firm and our services.”

When seeking a litigation firm, clients should be seeking professionalism, diligence and efficiency. As a small size firm separated from a huge size firm (MHM), we have always tried to be flexible. Also, although we all have expertise, we believe that as a lawyer it very important to be a generalist.

Firm: STW & Partners Name: Hajime Watanabe Email: hajime.watanabe@stwlaw.jp Web: www.stwlaw.jp Address: 6F Hibiya Daibiru Building, 1-2-2 Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011, Japan Tel: +81-3-3596-7300 Fax: +81-3-3596-7330

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IP Licensing Agreements Specialist of the Year -Sweden

Valea AB - The race to monetise Intellectual Property To monetise means to utilise something of value as a source of profit.* And what could be more valuable for an organisation than its Intellectual Property? As recently as fifteen years ago, companies generally regarded patents as a necessary cost on the balance sheet to protect their R&D from copying. Today, more and more companies are financially exploiting their IP – and reaping the rewards.

Nobody could have escaped the media’s coverage of the so-called “smartphone wars”, a never-ending business battle between smartphone manufacturers over patents licensing and litigation. Players in the telecom field have to “buy into” a patent portfolio jointly managed by the established companies under the so-called FRAND system, which means that a patent adopted as an industry standard must be available to all on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms. FRAND is intended to prevent licensing abuse and a monopolistic advantage, while also helping to promote compatibility and interoperability of devices from different manufacturers. The more patents an established company can have regarded as being essential for an industry standard, the greater that company’s share of the license revenue. Profits – made under license Royalty income is not the exclusive domain of high-tech companies. For example, nowadays it is almost impossible to buy floor panels that are not protected by numerous patents and made under license. By granting licenses, a company can ensure that demand for their technology is met without having to increase their own manufacturing capacity or distribution network.

Beware of patent trolls The trend towards monetisation of IP does have a downside. Thanks in part to the complex U.S. legal system, some non-manufacturing companies are purchasing patent portfolios just so that they can accuse other companies of patent infringement and threaten with patent litigation. Fortunately, the US is introducing legislation that will help thwart these so-called patent trolls. At the same time, it’s important to distinguish between patent trolls and non-manufacturing entities that are actually involved in R&D, such as universities and technical consultancy firms. A position of strength There is always someone out there ready to exploit a good idea. The challenge is to make sure that the originator of the idea is in the strongest position to exploit it first – and, in many ways, that’s what monetisation is all about. * Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Valea’s Vision To be recognized as a European market leader in intellectual property consulting and as the partner of choice for clients with a proactive and strategic approach to maximizing value from their intangible assets.

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“Valea is one of Europe’s leading consulting firms in the field of intellectual property rights. With one hundred employees, including European Patent Attorneys, a US Patent Attorney, Design and Trademark Attorneys and lawyers, Valea strives to be the natural choice for clients who work proactively to optimize the return on their intangible assets. Valea has offices in Gothenburg, Linköping, Lund, Malmö and Stockholm and is ranked among the top patent practitioners around the globe.” Firm: Valea AB Name: Anders Havstam Email: anders.havstam@valea.se Web: www.valea.se Address: Lilla Bommen 3 A P.O. Box 1098 SE-405 23 Gothenburg Tel: +46 31 50 77 00 Fax: +46 31 779 06 40

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Intellectual Property 100 - Featured

Anek Group, in its fourth decade, is one of Thailand’s largest and well-known general practising law firms. The firm, which was founded by partner Anek Srisanit in 1982, has been consulting clients ranging from large multinational companies, financial institutions, representative and branch offices, publicly and privately held companies, non-profitable entities and foundations and individuals throughout Thailand, Southeast Asia and overseas. The varied backgrounds and fields of expertise of the firm’s legal representatives have helped create a sophisticated general commercial and litigation practice which encompasses many areas of specialty and substantive law, including corporate and commercial, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, government contracts, technology transfer, licensing, international trade (including tariff and import and export control laws), civil and criminal litigation, immigration, real property, and intellectual property. Anek Group Unit 1001, 10th/Fl 208 Wireless Road Building 208 Wireless Road, Pathum Wan Bangkok 10330 Thailand Tel: +66 2 651-5234-5 Fax: +66 2 651-5232-3 Web: www.anekgroup.com

Bojinov&Bojinov has established itself as a boutique law firm in the heart of Sofia aiming to provide first rate IP counselling. Our heritage dates back to 1935 when the Bojinov Law Office was established. Since then we have experienced numerous changes but managed to preserve our principles which guide our professionalism and ethics. Bojinov&Bojinov strives to be the natural choice for both local and international corporate clients in need of absolute expertise in IP and corporate law. In the last decade we have served more than 9000 clients many of which include major multinational corporations and global brands. But smaller or specialist companies are also important to us and we are equally adept at looking after their particular concerns and requirements. Bojinov & Bojinov Patent, Trademark & Law Offices Mrs. Elena Miller, Partner Tel: +359 2 986 29 74 Email: eb@ptmbojinov.com Web: www.ptmbojinov.com

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Avidity IP is a UK-based firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys offering a 360-degree intellectual property service across Europe and beyond. As a corporately managed 21st century organisation we have first-hand experience and understanding of the commercial issues that affect our clients, enabling us to bring more client value to client services. Our patent attorneys’ expertise embraces a broad spectrum of technologies in the scientific, engineering and life sciences fields, with a correspondingly wide range of industries covered by our trade marks team. Avidity IP offers a high quality and comprehensive range of protection and registration services which, through in-house initiatives and expertise in a variety of disciplines, extend far beyond traditional legal IP services into an innovative range of commercial IP services which exploit and maximise the value and potential of a client’s IP.

AZB & Partners (“AZB”) is one of the largest full service law firms in India. The IP Team at AZB assists clients including Fortune 500 companies in diverse sectors ranging from engineering, hospitality, apparel, pharmaceutical, medical device to FMCG companies etc., in creation, maintenance and enforcement of their intellectual property. Key IP Practice Areas: • Trademark and Patent prosecution • Licensing, Litigation & Enforcement • Due Diligence & Audit • Information Technology & Cyber Law • Media & Entertainment AZB & Partners Zia Mody Akhilesh Kumar Rai Nandan Pendsey Express Towers • 23rd floor • Nariman Point • Mumbai 400021 • India

We take pride in our ability and desire to be ‘with you for the journey’.

Tel: +91 22 6639 6880 Fax: +91 22 6639 6888 E-mail: ipr@azbpartners.com

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Other Offices: Noida |Gurgaon |Bangalore |Pune

BELLES KATZ LLC is an intellectual property boutique bridging the gap between its clients’ needs and successes. Our hallmarks are personalized attention, cost-sensitivity, and outstanding work. We provide intellectual property counseling to clients ranging from emerging start-ups to universities to Fortune 100 enterprises in the US and abroad. We specialize in all areas of intellectual property counseling, procurement, management, protection and enforcement. Evident in every act we undertake is a commitment to providing value to our clients, which we manage by developing a keen understanding of our clients’ goals and the competitive and financial landscape in which they do business. Belles Katz LLC Email: akatz@belleskatz.com bbelles@bellesgroup.com Web: www.belleskatz.com Offices in Philadelphia PA, Horsham PA, Bethesda MD and Washington DC

Tel: +44 (0)1992 561 756 Email: mail@avidity-ip.com

Cheung Tong & Rosa Solicitors is a Hong Kong-based law firm. We have been practising in all areas of law for over 30 years including the intellectual property law area and have been representing major brand names in different arrays of trades ranging from an international market leader in sporting goods to the world leading door and security solutions enterprise to seek protection and combat infringement of in Hong Kong, the Mainland China and nearby countries. Cheung Tong & Rosa Solicitors Choy Fung Yee Joanne Room 501, 5/F., Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2868 0393 Email: contact@ctrlawyers.com.hk Web: www.ctrlawyers.com.hk

Founded over 60 years ago, Daniel Advogados is one of the leading law firms in intellectual prop¬erty in Brazil, with a history based on inspiration and excellence. In all aspects, the employees are dedicated to maintain the tradition and innovative spirit that transformed the firm into a benchmark for quality in intellectual capital services. With two offices in Brazil, one in Rio de Janeiro and the other in São Paulo, Daniel Advogados offers ac-knowledged expertise in intellectual property (IP). This includes services for the protection of patents and utility models, the registration of industrial designs, the registration of trademarks, technology transfer agreements, legal advice for licensing and franchising, IP litigation, opposition to piracy, restraint of unfair competition, support for border measures, copyright, internet rights, biotechnology, and protection of cultivars, among other services. Six decades of tradition allied to innovation is the main characteristic of this work, which has been performed under the leadership of lawyer Denis Allan Daniel. In 2006, Alicia Daniel-Shores, his daughter, took over control of the firm, thereby providing continuity to the successful manage¬ment of her father. In order to provide services in all specialist fields, Daniel Advogados employs staff with a proven reputation, who are highly specialized in civil and criminal litigation, contracts and negotiations, and with a significant presence in the international market. A personalized service and permanent monitoring are key elements of this success.Daniel Advogados offers a package of services that are constantly being renewed and updated, in order that the work of six decades remains innovative. Daniel Advogados Av. República do Chile, 230, 3º floor - Center Rio de Janeiro/RJ - Brazil Zipcode: 20031-170 Tel: (55 21) 2102.4212 Fax: (55 21) 2524.3344”

We sincerely thank Acquisition International for honoring us among the winners of World’s IP TOP 100 firms in the 2014 Intellectual Property Award by acknowledging that DESTEK PATENT has been a major force in IP management and protection in Turkey and worldwide. DESTEK PATENT has been providing a full range of IP services including patents, trademarks, domain names, industrial designs and licensing for both Turkish and overseas clients since 1983. With a team of four partners, ten European patent attorneys, 50 patent and trademark attorneys and a total of nearly 200 professionals across ten offices, DESTEK PATENT has been Turkey’s largest IP firm and leader for consecutive 15 years, in all IP applications according to Office filing statistics and has been ranking among the World’s TOP10 IP firms of the last 5 years according to the International Trademark Filing Statistics issued by WTR 1000. We understand clients’ needs and expectations on expert counseling based on trust, fast response, clear communication and cost effective quality IP services, an independent indicator of which is our Clients’ satisfaction rate. DESTEK PATENT INC. Polaris Plaza Ahi Evran Cad. No:21 Kat:17 Maslak, Istanbul 34398 - Turkey Email : global@destekpatent.com.tr Web : www.destekpatent.com.tr Contact: Ersin Dereligil, Managing Partner Tel: +90 212 329 0000


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Our highly qualified team led by Marcelo Dreon has provided solutions in the field for the last twenty years; ensuring for our clients a seamless process, managing the entire patent and trademark lifecycle, making the protection of your intellectual property assets simple and worry-free, along at the best market fees. DREON IP 37 Avenida Paulista 4th tel + (55 11) 3230-7760 Sao Paulo, SP, 01311 – Brazil 2261 Campos Salles 2nd Tel: + (54 11) 4701-7056

In DREON IP we have a thorough background in all proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and National Institute of Industrial Property, representing a broad range of clients from all over the world. Keeping knowledge up to date with the latest developments of the field and offering close personal attention to the client are our major concerns. DREON IP Buenos Aires, C1429CFE - Argentina Email: m@dreon.com Web: www.dreon.com

Feldman Gale is an AV rated law firm that represent manufacturers, distributors, service companies, technology-based companies and others with concerns regarding intellectual property. Our attorneys are trained in distinct areas of law, science, engineering and technology. As litigators, we prosecute and defend claims and allegations of intellectual property infringement. The Firm represents clients through mediation, arbitration, trial and appeals. Intellectual property often begins as a thought, a concept or an idea in someone’s mind. As the idea becomes more concrete, it grows; products are developed, business plans take off and commerce expands. The best time to begin protecting your creativity, your ideas and your product line is at the very beginning. The intellectual property lawyers at Feldman Gale can help protect those ideas.

The IP Law firm HAFT KARAKATSANIS is based in the center of Munich, the seat of the German and the European Patent Office and offers comprehensive, customized high-quality and cost efficient services in the field of intellectual property protection. The domestic and international clients include major companies, medium-sized enterprises and individual inventors who appreciate the competence and reliability, the personal and direct communication as well as the short reaction time to any inquiry. Haft Karakatsanis Patent Law Office Dietlindenstr. 18, D-80802 Munich Tel: +49 89 45345120 Fax: +49 89 45345121 Email: info@patent-matters.com Web: www.patent-matters.com

Feldman Gale James A. Gale, Member Feldman Gale, P.A. One Biscayne Tower, 30th Floor 2 South Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33131 Tel: +1 305.358.5001 Fax: +1 305.358.3309 Email: JGale@FeldmanGale.com Web: www.FeldmanGale.com

James Martin & Associates Attorneys-at-Law / IP & Tax Attorneys

IP SPHERE is an IP Law Firm which assists and represents businesses in the private and public sectors, in obtaining, maintaining and defending Intellectual Property Rights (patents, trademarks, designs and models, copyrights, software, domain names, databases) in France and foreign countries and jurisdictions. Competence, creativity, responsiveness and (proximity) close client relationships are the hallmarks of our firm. Well-Known for our expertise in the areas of wine and spirits law, IP SPHERE professionals teach at the Master level at the University Montesquieu Bordeaux IV, speak at professional conferences and regularly publish legal articles in the regional and national press. IP SPHERE BORDEAUX (Head Office) 8, cours Maréchal Juin, 33000 – BORDEAUX, FRANCE Tel: +33 (0)5 56 96 50 11 Fax: +33 (0)5 56 79 72 28 ANGOULEME 7, boulevard du 8 mai 1945, 16000 – ANGOULEME, FRANCE Tel: +33 (0)5 45 94 23 82 Fax: +33 (0)5 45 92 23 59 BAYONNE Central Forum, 10, place André Emlinger Cidex 1, 64100 BAYONNE, FRANCE Tel: +33 (0)5 59 20 22 74 Fax: +33 (0)5 59 55 68 29

ITOH International Patent Office was established in December 1967 as a firm specializing in patents relating to the electrical and mechanical fields. Since then, with cutting edge advances in technology and increased recognition of the importance of intellectual property rights, our firm’s size has increased dramatically. Today, our firm comprises patent attorneys, technical specialists, and administrative staff able to handle all technical fields including the fields of automatic control systems, telecommunications, semiconductors, information processing, computers, materials, chemistry, and biotechnology. In recent years, as Japan has been concentrating on strengthening intellectual property rights for the prosperity of the country, and as world intellectual property systems are becoming internationally harmonized, the global protection of intellectual property has become much more important. In the midst of such an age of change, we, all the members of ITOH International Patent Office, will continue to strive to offer high quality and prompt services that completely satisfy our international clients’ needs. ITOH International Patent Office Marunouchi MY PLAZA 16th Floor, Marunouchi 2-1-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, JAPAN Tel: +81-3-5223-6011 Fax +81-3-5223-7121 / +81-3-5223-7123 / +81-3-5223-7125 E-Mail: itohpat@itohpat.co.jp Web: http://www.itohpat.co.jp

Jacobacci & Partners was founded in 1872 in Turin, Italy, the location of the first Italian Patent office following the unification of Italy in 1861. Today, Jacobacci & Partners has 11 offices in 4 countries: Italy, Spain, France and Switzerland. Ranked in the first tier among European patent and trademark prosecution firms since 2007 Jacobacci & Partners operates globally with a full range of high-quality services for the protection of intellectual property rights for clients ranging from private individuals to multinational corporations. Jacobacci & Partners manages thousands of patents and trademarks for national and foreign clients of all sizes, in every sector, geographical area and production type and has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting IP rights, as well as in national and international IP litigation. Jacobacci & Partners’s extraordinarily varied portfolio and experience demonstrates that we have the capability to handle virtually any IP matter with unquestioned skill.

What can we do for you? As a matter of good business practice and as a service to our clients, the firm’s attorneys seek to resolve all disputes short of litigation. When a resolution cannot be reached, however, the firm will aggressively litigate claims for our clients to achieve the best possible legal result for them. James Martin & Associates provides top quality legal assistance among law firms in the Caribbean, in a broad range of practice areas. One of JMA’s core competences is the protection of Intellectual Property (IP). James Martin & Associates is a full service law practice, with focuses on commercial, corporate, administrative, criminal, labor and insolvency issues. We are counseling acquisitions, aviation, corporate litigation, dispute resolution, insolvency matters, employment issues, banking/finance, etc.

Jacobacci & Partners offices are in: Turin, Milan, Rome, Madrid, Alicante, Paris, Lugano, Brescia, Padua, Bergamo and Grand Lyon.

JMA is experienced, knowledgeable and skilled to satisfy needs of our clients. We help you to deal with the fact and solve your problems.

JACOBACCI & PARTNERS Mail/Courier to: Corso Emilia, 8 10152 Torino (Italy) www.jacobacci.com Phone: +39 011 244 03 11 Fax: +39 011 28 63 00

JAMES MARTIN & ASSOCIATES Attorneys-at-Law / IP & Tax Attorneys Aruba - Curaçao – The Netherlands L. G. Smith Blvd. 50, Oranjestad, Aruba Tel: +297 583 4111 Fax: +297 583 4113 E-mail: jma-attorneys@jamesmartin-associates.com

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KUHNEN & WACKER is an intellectual property (lP) law firm which was established almost 40 years ago in Freising, Munich. The professional staff is highly specialised in all intellectual property matters. The firm not only offers services in patents, utility models, designs, trademarks, domains and trade secrets but also in IP evaluation as well as IP litigation and licensing. The firm has earned a worldwide reputation in sophisticated litigation matters. Our long record of success involves the famous “Epilady” case as well as recent litigation relating to cardiac stents, printers and in the automotive field. European patents, trademarks and design are the core business of the firm, and this includes German and cross-border litigation and preliminary injunction cases including related unfair competition and the Product Piracy Act. We add value for our clients which arises from our internal teamwork, external networking, internal technical and IT staff, and frequent seminar presentations in Japan, the U.S.A., China and Europe.

Mathys & Squire is one of the UK’s most respected intellectual property firms and has been working with investors and entrepreneurs for more than a century. We offer the full range of IP services for clients from startups to multinationals and provide tailored due-diligence packages specifically designed for investors, and for companies seeking to receive investment. We work closely with our clients to understand their business and build an IP strategy appropriate to their needs and budget; including obtaining IP protection, IP auditing and advising on freedom to operate, competitor landscaping and validity of rights. In addition to securing IP protection for our clients, we also have an impressive track record of creatively negotiating positive outcomes to disputes and securing revocation of competitors’ patents and trade marks. We have expertise in a broad range of technical fields, from IT and communications through engineering, medical devices and biotechnology to pharmacology.

KUHNEN & WACKER Intellectual Property Law Firm Prinz-Ludwig-Straße 40 A 85354 Freising, Germany Web: www.kuhnen-wacker.com Email: info@kuhnen-wacker.com Tel: +49 8161 608-113 Fax: +49 8161 608-100

Mathys & Squire The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)20 7830 0000 Fax: +44 (0)20 7830 0001 Web: www.mathys-squire.com

McDaniel & Co. is a niche law firm headed up by Niall Head-Rapson (who trained in the City of London and was involved in the first ever patent trial held outside of London). McDaniel & Co. acts on behalf of clients whose core asset is intellectual property, providing a full range of services in all aspects of IP law including trademark, patent, copyright and design matters, and is considered to be ‘a safe pair of hands’. The practice was recently awarded Band 1 ranking in Chambers and Partners, whose research found that ‘Head-Rapson and his team had a particular strength in representing SMEs on all of their IP needs. It also has a strong reputation for its contentious advice across trademarks, patents and copyright.’

Over the past 166 years, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has earned its reputation as a leading law firm, providing a full range of legal services to clients on a local, regional, national and global basis. Michael Best has long been committed to the pursuit and protection of our clients’ intellectual property rights. With more than 100 members and over a century of successes, our Intellectual Property Practice Group is recognized internationally for providing exceptional guidance and representation to clients. Michael Best & Friedrich LLP 100 E. Wisconsin Ave. Suite 3300 Milwaukee, WI 53202 Tel: 414.271.6560 Fax: 414.277.0656 Web: www.michaelbest.com

Head-Rapson is a panel member of ACID (Anti Copying in Design), a national trade organisation created by designers for designers who uphold the value of original design. McDaniel & Co. 19 Portland Terrace Jesmond Newcastle upon Tyne England NE2 1QQ Tel: (+44) 0191 281 4000 Email: legal@mcdanielslaw.com Web: www.mcdanielslaw.com

ADVOCATES, TRADE MARK & PATENT ATTORNEYS Established in 1942

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts advises on a wide range of IP work and Christopher Young who heads the practice has been actively involved in IPSANZ, LESANZ, INTA for many years (currently Chair of INTA’s East Asia Pacific Famous and Well Known Marks sub-committee and he also serves on INTA’s Global Asia Pacific Advisory Council). He has been consistently named as a leading individual in legal guides including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, and Asia Pacific Legal 500. Minter Ellison Rudd Watts has a dedicated IP practice and a leading team and advise on all aspects of IP work, except patent registration, including: • Commercialisation of IP, including structuring, licensing, using IP as security, IP financing, and effective tax structures. • Branding strategy, trade mark registration and portfolio management locally and internationally. • IP aspects of major corporate transactions, including due diligence, (mergers, acquisitions, asset transfers, licensing, joint ventures, development agreements, and capital raisings). • IP dispute resolution and litigation including trade mark, copyright, Fair Trading Act, passing-off, confidential information. • Marketing and advertising. • Film and related advisory work. • IP relating to major sporting events. Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Name: Christopher Young, Partner Tel: +64 9 353 9910 Email: christopher.young@minterellison.co.nz Web: http://www.minterellison.co.nz

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Ohno & Partners, established in 2000, is a unique firm, composed of 10 Bengoshi (Attorneys-at-Law) and 17 Benrishi (Patent Attorneys). The firm continues to provide a full range of legal services in all as- pects of IP (patents, trademarks, design patents, copyrights, unfair competition, etc.) including litigation, prosecution, licensing, IP due diligence, opinion, and counseling. Ohno & Partners Marunouchi Kitaguchi Bldg. 21F 1-6-5, Marunouchi 4-7-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, JAPAN Tel: +81-3-5218-2330 Fax: +81-3-5218-2332 Email: info@oslaw.org Web: www.oslaw.org

Your intellectual property (IP) – patents, trade marks, designs and copyright – has real value. Protecting your IP could mean the difference between it adding to the value of your business or that of your competitors if they were to possess it. Whether you are an inventor, entrepreneur or established business in need of general advice, assistance with protection and enforcement, assistance with due diligence prior to acquiring an IP portfolio, or management of IP acquired through an acquisition, Phillips and Leigh are here to help you to protect what’s yours Our team of professional attorneys offer a full IP service and have the legal and commercial expertise to offer you the very best advice. For over 130 years Phillips & Leigh has been a small specialist firm, kept that way intentionally so that we can know our clients well and tailor our service individually to their needs and circumstances. Choosing Phillips & Leigh means having the combined knowledge and influence of some of the most senior and experienced professionals in the IP sector behind you. This includes a former examiner at the UK Intellectual Property Office, and partners and associates with years of national and international IP experience from a multitude of disciplines and backgrounds. If you value your intellectual property Phillips & Leigh is here to help you protect and maintain it. Phillips & Leigh 5 Pemberton Row, London EC4A 3BA Tel: 020 7822 8888 Fax: 020 7822 8899 Web: www.pandl.com Email: mail@pandl.com

R K Dewan & Co was founded in 1942 by Mr Raj Kumar Dewan and has completed over 70 years of committed and excellent service in the field of IPR. R K Dewan & Co. is headed by Dr Mohan Dewan, Patents and Trade Mark Attorney, who has over 40 years of professional and teaching experience in the field of Intellectual Property Rights. Dr Niti Dewan, a medical graduate and a Patent and Trade Mark Attorney, heads the Patents Department at R K Dewan & Co. She is also responsible for the firm’s Business Development, Finance and Administration operations. M R Nair, Patent and Trade Mark Attorney, and a renowned counsel with over 30 years’ experience, steers the Trade Mark, Copyright and Design divisions. Advocate Dinesh Nair is responsible for Trade Mark registrations internationally. Advocate N K Bhardwaj of the Delhi office, is a litigator of merit for 30 years. The firm is assisted by a complement of 85 dedicated and painstakingly trained advocates, engineers, scientists, Patent attorneys, Trademark Attorneys, paralegals and executives equipped to deliver promptly and efficiently. R K Dewan & Co 1147-B, Mohan Villa, Shivajinagar, Pune 411016, Maharashtra, India Tel: +91-20-66871200 | Fax: +91-20-66871221 Email: dewan@rkdewanmail.com niti_dewan@rkdewanmail.com Website: www.rkdewan.com Branches at: Mumbai | Pune | Delhi | Chennai | Kolkata


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Eighty years of Intellectual Property Excellence

Reinhold Cohn Group is the largest, earliest established intellectual property firm in Israel offering premier expertise in filing, prosecution, renewals, protection, oppositions, opinions, due diligence, freedom to operate, enforcement, litigation, licensing, commercialization and evaluation, portfolio management and strategic counseling in all areas of intellectual property such as patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights, open source, plant breeders’ rights etc. The Group includes the patent attorneys firm Reinhold Cohn & Partners and the law firm Gilat, Bareket & Co. The synergism of patent attorneys experienced in a diverse spectrum of technical and scientific disciplines working alongside legal professionals, creates a unique and effective platform for maximizing returns of a client’s Intellectual Property assets by securing optimal protection. As a full service intellectual property firm, Reinhold Cohn Group includes over 270 employees, amongst them over 70 are patent attorneys and attorneys at law. Reinhold Cohn Group and its team of professionals are internationally renowned for excellence and are continually ranked in the top tiers in leading international and local guides such as: Managing Intellectual Property, Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, WTR1000, Who’s Who Legal, IAM 300, IAM 1000, Expert Guides, D&B Israel & BDI.

Ron Klagsbald, Law Offices is an IP boutique firm that provides legal services exclusively with relation to Intellectual Property matters. The firm has been consulting and handling all aspects of Intellectual Property rights. Our services include litigating cases of enforcement of rights in Israeli Courts as well as before the Israeli Registrar of Patents, Trademarks and Designs. The firm also specializes in securing and maintaining registrations of rights at the Israeli Patent, Trademark and designs Authority (ILPTO). The Firm also negotiates and drafts for its clients agreements concerning commercialization of Intellectual property rights. Languages spoken: Hebrew, English, French and German. Ron Klagsbald, Law Offices Nolton House, 14 Shenkar Street P.O. Box 12417, Herzliya 46733, ISRAEL Tel.: 972+9+9507000; Fax: 972+9+9505500 Email: office@ronklaw.com

Reinhold Cohn Group Reinhold Cohn & Partners, Patent Attorneys Gilat, Bareket & Co., Attorneys at Law Web: www.rcip.co.il Email: info@rcip.co.il Tel: +972 3 7109333 Fax: +972 3 5606405 26A Habarzel St., Tel Aviv 6971037, Israel

Simbolon & Partners Law Firm (S&P) is one of the fastest growing Indonesian law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to companies and individuals. Our vision is to be one of the largest law firms in Indonesia who always enrich and update our knowledge in order to serve our Clients with proper legal advice. Our mission is to provide aggressive, high quality and caring representation to our Clients. We, at S&P offer the full range of Intellectual Property (“IP) services from registering our Clients ‘rights through to management, commercialization and enforcement. We understand that we operate in global transnational transaction, act and represent our Clients and liaise with the authorities with any circumstances, both outside and inside the Court, where the corruption may exist and however we never be an excuse for us. We, S&P take zero tolerance approach to bribery and corruption. We are committed to prevention, detection and investigation to bribery and corruption. We look forward to welcoming you to our firm and highlighting a few features about our legal services. SIMBOLON & PARTNERS LAW FIRM Menara Bidakara I, 2nd Floor Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto Kav. 71-73 Jakarta 12870 Indonesia Tel: +62 21 83793027-28 Fax: +62 21 83793014 E-mail: info@simbolon-lawfirm.com Contact: Yudianta Medio Simbolon Web: www.simbolon-lawfirm.com

Sipara is an IP boutique in the United Kingdom with a major focus on trade mark and design clearance searching and international expansion & portfolio management in the retail sector. The firm was founded in 2010, and is made up of a team of experienced dual-qualified solicitors and trade mark attorneys, which provides a uniquely commercial approach and ability to advise on IP issues across the board. The firm’s ethos is to provide commercially realistic advice, suggesting practical steps and not just the law, resulting in a service that gives excellent real-world results in a cost-effective manner. The team works closely with all of its clients to capture, protect, commercialise, enforce and manage their intellectual property rights, tailoring its services to individual requirements. The team works hard to make a timely and effective impact and, on a personal level, its lawyers become trusted advisors.

Rosenbaum IP is devoted to the practice of intellectual property law. We combine professional and technical skills with level-headed business principles and experience. We offer a broad range of business-oriented legal services, including patent searching, patent application filings, trademark availability screening and trademark registration at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, copyright protection, computer and software protection, technology licensing, and enforcing intellectual property rights in courts. Members of the firm have technical training in such diverse technologies as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, nanotechnology, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, environmental protection systems, semiconductor processing, lasers, computer networking, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, navigation technology, wireless communications, digital and analog electrical systems, evaporative cooling systems, motor vehicle assemblies and systems, and general mechanical and electrical technologies. The firm represents a diverse range of clients including individual inventors, start-up companies, emerging and established companies, publicly traded companies and educational institutions.

SANTAMARINA Y STETA’s IP area handles matters involving the protection and defense of our client’s intangible property, including patents, utility models, industrial designs, trademarks, slogans, trade names, copyrights, transfer of technology, plant varieties (breeder certificates), trade secrets, domain names and other related rights.

Rosenbaum IP David Rosenbaum 1480 Techny Road, Northbrook, Illinois 60062 Tel: 847-770-6000 Fax: 847-770-6006 Email: DRosenbaum@rosenbaumIP.com Web: www.rosenbaumip.com

SANTAMARINA Y STETA José Pablo Pérez Zea Partner México City Office Campos Elíseos 345, floors 2, 3 and 11, Chapultepec Polanco 11560 México, DF Tel:+52 55 5279.5449 Fax:+52 55 5281. 3955 E-mail: jperez@s-s.mx Web: http://www.s-s.mx/site/

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh is Canada’s largest and highest-ranked firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. Our dedication to providing the best IP service, advice and solutions permeates everything we do and is why the world’s most innovative and sophisticated businesses look to us to protect, exploit and defend their intellectual property rights. To learn more, please visit www.smart-biggar.ca.

Founded in 1923, SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Attorneys is one of Japan’s leading intellectual property law firms. SUGIMURA has earned an international reputation for high quality, practical assistance and provides its clients with customised services, tailored to their needs. The firm has offices in Japan and the United States, providing convenient IP services to both domestic and international clients. Its clientele ranges from single inventors and startups to well-established academic institutions and multinational corporations.

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh 55 Metcalfe Street Suite 900 PO Box 2999 Station D Ottawa ON K1P 5Y6 Canada Tel: 613.232.2486 Fax: 613.232.8440 Email: ottawa@smart-biggar.ca

Our services include preparing and filing all types of applications for protecting intellectual property rights, as well as follow-up in monitoring of applications during any prosecution period until the protection has been granted. Once we obtain that protection, we assist the client with monitoring and maintenance services for preserving and, where appropriate, extending intellectual property protection. If a client requires assistance in an IP dispute, we can handle the preparation and prosecution of infringement actions, cancellation actions and non-use cancellation actions. The client may relay upon our experience in handling IP claims before federal administrative courts, as well as constitutional writs of amparo review. If a client requires advice or representation in an IP matter that may involve litigation, the client’s counsel may confer with colleagues within the firm who specialize in civil, tax, and administrative litigation.

SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Attorneys Common Gate West Tower 36th Floor Kasumigaseki 3-2-1, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-0013 Japan Tel: +81-3-3581-2241 Web: www.sugi.pat.co.jp

Sipara Sipara, Black Horse House, Wallbrook Court, Oxford OX2 0QS Tel: +44 (0) 844 225 3570 Email: rkaye@sipara.com Web: www.sipara.com

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Abayomi Disu & Co. Abayomi Disu & Co is a firm of legal practitioners, company secretaries and notaries public based principally in Lagos with affiliates in Abuja, and Port Harcourt. The firm offers a range of services including conveyancing; IP; consultancy on labour relations law, arbitration and practice; advice on insurance law and practice; company secretarial services, and debt recovery and collection. The firm’s practitioners all gained their qualifications from universities in Nigeria or England. Abayomi Disu & Co Email: www.abayomidisu-law.com

AC Avvocati e Commercialisti is comprised of a close-knit team of about 40 professionals - including tax and corporate affairs experts, attorneys and collaborators - who offer consultancy services principally on tax, corporate, litigation, bankruptcy and employment law matters. The firm offers a full range of services which include specialized expertise in arbitration and creditors’ composition procedures, as well as civil law and tax-related litigation. It also offers a one-stop-shop to clients at every stage of their business from starting up to corporate restructurings and also including transferring the company abroad and national and international auditing and reporting. AC Avvocati e Commercialisti also offers day-to-day accounting and administrative services. The firm was founded in 2008 through the merger of three firms that had been operating in Milan since the 1980s. Its clients include medium and large corporations based both in Italy and abroad. AC Avvocati e Commercialisti Web: http://www.actaxlaw.com/ Email: info@actaxlaw.com

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice represents public and private companies, prominent investment funds, boards of directors and special committees, investors, senior management and shareholders in complex mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, partnerships and other strategic transactions. Our core M&A team is supported by our debt finance, tax, executive compensation and employee benefits, labor, intellectual property, real estate, environmental, antitrust, regulatory and policy practitioners. Our network includes relationships with financial advisors, investment banks, accountants and lenders throughout the world. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Two Commerce Square 2001 Market Street Suite 4100 Philadelphia, PA 19103-7013 Tel: +1 215.965.1200 Email: phillyinfo@akingump.com Web: http://www.akingump.com

Dispute resolution lawyers throughout our international network represent global businesses on litigation, arbitration, mediation and regulatory matters. We also have broad experience in corporate risk management and conflict management, advising senior level board members and executives of substantial corporates and banks. We provide a comprehensive service in most of the world’s major countries and have dealt with many of the problems generated by changes in the financial marketplace. Our global network includes many experienced former prosecutors, enabling us to represent clients effectively in the most difficult and sophisticated government investigations. We actively pursue all avenues of dispute resolution available and advise clients on choosing the method most appropriate to them. Our main priority is to resolve disputes quickly and effectively with as little disruption to business as possible – recognition of this is central to how we approach any matter. Allen & Overy LLP Apollolaan 15 1077 AB Amsterdam PO Box 75440 Amsterdam 1070 AK Netherlands Tel: +31 20 674 1000

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Competition Litigation remains one of Addleshaw Goddard’s real strengths. We have one of the largest competition teams in the UK, which include over 20 specialists including a solicitor advocate. We also have an accredited and trained mediator. With expertise across the full range of competition issues, we have particular experience and an enviable track record in relation to all aspects of Competition Litigation. For decades, our partners have been actively litigating competition law disputes - breaking government sanctioned restrictive practices; defending companies implicated in cartels; and recovering £multi-million damages for those harmed by anti-competitive conduct. Our partners have conducted competition damages actions before the High Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and in mediations.

A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm was founded in Athens in 1955 and has established itself as one of the most highly specialised law firms in Greece handling intellectual and industrial property law and entertainment industry and mass media law issues. The firm is a founding member of the Trans-European Law Firms Association (TELFA) and has been a member of the Association Litteraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI) since the 1980s. A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm Web: www.metaxopouloslaw.gr

Addleshaw Goddard LLP 100 Barbirolli Square Manchester M2 3AB United Kingdom DX 14301 Manchester Tel: +44 (0)161 934 6000 Fax: +44 (0)161 934 6060

Our Financial Services & Products Group is devoted to providing the sophisticated services that major financial services companies require in today’s complex marketplace. We represent some of the largest U.S. banks, insurance companies and investment firms on a variety of regulatory and transactional matters ranging from corporate governance concerns to strategic mergers and alliances Alston & Bird One Atlantic Center 1201 West Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30309-3424 Tel: +1 404-881-7000 Web: http://www.alston.com

Aninat Schwencke & Cía is a full-service business-oriented firm which has developed a strong local and international practice. Since its inception in 2006 it has quickly become a leading law firm in corporate and transactional work as well as in litigation and trial practice. The firm has been recognized by leading international publications such as Latin Lawyer, Chambers and Partners and Best Lawyers for its exceptional work and the professionalism and skill of its partners and associates. Aninat Schwencke & Cia Av. Los Conquistadores 1700, 16 Floor, Santiago, Chile Tel. (562) 887 22 00 Fax.(562) 887 22 99


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As rapid developments in the world economy transform tax laws, new and complicated legal challenges emerge. The Arnold & Porter LLP Tax, Trusts and Estates team is known for its ability to deal effectively with these challenges and to manage complex and precedent-setting tax problems and opportunities critical to US and international business and economic transactions. We offer diversified legal transactional resources, as well as the planning, litigation, and regulatory services needed to address our clients’ short- and long-term tax objectives. Arnold & Porter 555 Twelfth Street, NW Washington, DC 20004-1206 Tel: +1 202.942.5000 Web: http://www.arnoldporter.com

Ashurst’s clients benefit from the firm’s wide experience of resolving disputes in many business sectors, our expertise in the dispute resolution process and our unwavering focus on our clients’ business needs. Our lawyers are experts in the conduct of litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. We work with some of the world’s leading organisations to resolve their complex, high profile, commercial disputes. We take a strategic approach to dispute resolution. We focus on the issues that matter to clients and how the dispute resolution process can be managed to deliver the optimum result for the client. Ashurst Broadwalk House 5 Appold Street London EC2A 2HA UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 1111 Fax: +44 (0)20 7638 1112

Our team of commercial dispute resolution lawyers includes a broad mix of litigators experienced in project managing large commercial disputes, across a wide variety of industry sectors and in a range of commercial businesses. We are able to offer clear and concise advice on a full range of issues from contractual disputes and joint venture agreements to professional negligence claims, fraud and privacy and defamation actions. At BLP, we consistently strive to develop innovative solutions for our clients. From the outset we, when appropriate, provide our clients with a cost effective advocacy capability utilising our barristers and team of 21 solicitor advocates, in order to advise clients from the receipt of instruction through to trial, working together to agree strategy and tactics, prepare the case and finally present in court. When external barristers are preferred or desired, we have extremely good relationships with leading Counsel throughout the London Chambers.

Bingham’s Tokyo office, known as Bingham Sakai Mimura Aizawa, consists of over 80 lawyers (most of whom are Japanese bengoshi) providing a full range of business law services, including Japanese practice, financial restructuring, M&A, securities, antitrust and trade regulation, intellectual property, and litigation. We are one of the largest foreign law firms in Japan. We provide cutting-edge legal and strategic advice to major Japanese and international financial institutions and corporations, including banks, insurance companies, trading firms, manufacturers, investment funds and technology ventures. Bingham 4-3-13 Toranomon, 4th Floor Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0001 Japan Tel: +81.3.6721.3111 Web: http://www.bingham.com

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP London, Adelaide House Adelaide House London Bridge London United Kingdom EC4R 9HA Tel: +44 (0)20 3400 1000

C&C Partners (Chitale & Chitale) Cabinet Plasseraud is one of Europe’s leading IP law firms covering all areas of Intellectual Property. Our 230 skilled professionals provide tailored strategic advisory services to protect, manage and defend patent, trade mark, design and domain name portfolios. We also provide commercial and transactional IP services including due diligence, contract negotiation in addition to opinions on freedom to use, distribution and consumer laws and financial evaluation of IP assets. Cabinet Plasseraud 52 rue de la victoire 75009 Paris Tel: +33(0) 1 40 16 70 00 Fax: +33(0)1 42 80 01 59 Email: info@plass.com Web: www.plass.com

C&C Partners (Chitale & Chitale) is a full-service law firm with experience in contentious as well as transactional matters. The firm has acted on behalf of a number of clients in issues relating to antitrust and competition, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and arbitration, construction, divestment, disinvestment, aviation and defence, energy, petroleum and natural gas, corporate and financial restructuring, indirect acquisitions, mergers and amalgamations, banking and finance, intellectual property, real estate, media and internet, trade law, employment, etc. The firm’s particular expertise in competition and antitrust law has been noted and it is recommended by Legal 500 and Asia Law Profiles. It was a recipient at India Business Law Journal’s Indian Law Firm Awards. C&C Partners (Chitale & Chitale)

Recognized as one of the top litigation groups in the world, Cleary Gottlieb provides clients with creative and result-oriented litigation and arbitration counsel in matters ranging from major commercial disputes to sensitive internal, regulatory or criminal investigations. As a firm with established roots and experience worldwide, we handle local matters as well as multijurisdictional disputes. We are equally at home representing an African sovereign in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration as we are defending a leading financial institution in U.S., UK, French, German or Italian courts. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 12, rue de Tilsitt 75008 Paris Tel: +33 1 40 74 68 00 Fax: +33 1 40 74 68 88

Our global network provides an exceptional platform for handling major cross-border disputes and in recent years we have helped our clients to achieve success in some of the most complex international disputes and investigations. We offer a seamless, integrated service across our network of offices for cross-border disputes and investigations, with expertise in individual jurisdictions but also an understanding of the interplay between different legal systems and regulations. Clifford Chance’s global Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice has around 500 lawyers based in the UK, Continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the United States. Clifford Chance 10 Upper Bank St, City of London, Greater London E14 5JJ Tel: 020 7006 1000

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As a leading litigation firm our lawyers deal with company-related issues on a day-to-day basis. Our commercial litigation team predominantly acts for large corporate and plcs, advising them on a wide spectrum of disputes – from big ticket litigation and arbitration to smaller, though nonetheless, important, commercial disputes. We understand the need to give straight-forward commercial advice within the context of the whole business. Emotions can run high in company-related disputes and we appreciate that a calm, analytical approach, focusing on practical legal points is required. Often, prolonged litigation suits no-one, particularly when there is a commercial relationship to preserve. Clyde & Co LLP The St. Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AG. (for postal service, use EC3A 7AR) DX:160030 Lime Street 5 Tel: +44 (0) 20 7876 5000 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7876 5111 Email: info@clydeco.com

Business today can be a risky endeavour. You may find yourself confronted by a commercial or corporate dispute, whether it be a falling out with a joint venture partner, a shareholder who claims the company is being run in a manner prejudicial to its interests, a supplier who will not fulfil its obligations under a contract or a warranty/indemnity claim following a merger or acquisition. Our commercial litigation team has the knowledge, skill set and experience to help you deal with the challenges posed by the full range of commercial and corporate disputes. Our disputes resolution experience makes us ideally placed to advise you on contractual and risk management issues that your business may be facing. We have a proven track record of providing practical and commercial advice to a wide range of clients at all stages of the dispute relation process from drafting dispute resolution clauses during pre-contractual negotiations, through to obtaining emergency injunctions in situations where assets may be at risk, to litigating complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and enforcing judgements and recovering assets.

Cooley’s Intellectual Property practice is dedicated to maximizing the value and security of our clients’ intellectual property. Our attorneys work closely with businesses across a range of industries, including high technology, digital and social media, life sciences, retail and service, Internet, telecommunications, software, and semiconductor, tailoring solutions to meet their particular needs and stage of development. Whether it is structuring a sophisticated IP-based transaction, formulating patent strategies, assisting with trademark selection and clearance, drafting online license and click-through agreements or defending a company in litigation, we offer advice that assists our clients in meeting their objectives in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Cooley LLP 1700 Seventh Avenue Suite 1900 Seattle, WA 98101-1355 Tel: +1 206 452 8700 Web: http://www.cooley.com

Covington litigators have a well-deserved reputation for handling novel, complex, and high-stakes disputes, across multiple disciplines and in multiple venues, against both private party litigants and government authorities. Our clients turn to us for their toughest challenges – to handle bet-the-company intellectual property, antitrust, insurance coverage, and class action litigation; to defend against ever more aggressive enforcement actions by US, state, and foreign government agencies; and to tackle their most complicated international disputes. Covington & Burling 333 Twin Dolphin Drive Suite 700 Redwood Shores, CA 94065-1418 Tel: 650.632.4700 Web: http://www.cov.com

CMS Cameron McKenna Mitre House 160 Aldersgate Street London EC1A 4DD Tel: +44 (0)20 7367 3000 Fax: +44 (0)20 7367 2000

Globalization of world markets has brought limitless commercial opportunities. However, it has also increased the potential for legal liability by exposing corporations around the world to financial and reputational risk across multiple jurisdictions. Mitigation of those risks requires early engagement with experienced lawyers who understand the cultural as well as the legal and regulatory landscapes but who will also drive relentlessly to deliver results for their clients when a dispute or regulatory intervention is unavoidable. DLA Piper’s global team of more than 1,400 disputes and regulatory lawyers is the largest dedicated disputes practice globally. We have the local knowledge to apply the regulatory, economic, political and cultural context to legal issues and develop case strategies. We regularly handle technically challenging and complex multi-jurisdictional matters. Our global reach allows us to provide you with fully integrated teams and consistent quality wherever you do business. In an environment where regulation and its enforcement will only increase, we recognize that effective compliance and avoidance of regulatory intervention are business critical issues. DLA Piper UK LLP 3 Noble Street London EC2V 7EE United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 8700 111 111 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7796 6666

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Our corporate and securities team helps clients achieve their goals in the entire range of corporate and general business law matters. We advise on corporate finance and capital markets transactions, including initial and other public offerings and private placements of debt and equity; leveraged finance transactions and debt restructurings; domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; private equity, including fund formation, private equity investments, and portfolio company transactions; and securities compliance, corporate governance, and general corporate matters. Our clients include national and multinational corporations, financial sponsors, regulated investment companies, and investment banking firms. Dechert LLP 27/F Henley Building, 5 Queen’s Road Central Hong Kong Hong Kong Tel: +852 3518 4700 Web: http://www.dechert.com

Deep and Far - Founded in 1992 by CF Tsai, the first patent practitioner in Taiwan with both a technical and legal background, Deep & Far is now one of the country’s largest law firms. It offers a highly regarded, full service in all aspects of intellectual property (IP) law and is often one of the largest originators of foreign filing orders in Taiwan. It has sought IP protection for its clients in more than 100 territories. Deep and Far Web: www.deepnfar.com.tw

The pace of change in the legal sector is ever increasing. Clients tell us that they face more and more complex challenges and their lawyers need to respond in different ways and different environments. International law firm Eversheds operates as one team, from 50 offices in 29 countries. Our people share a distinctive culture which has deep client relationships at its core. Whether providing advice which is complex or straightforward, multi-national or local, an attitude of delivering only the very best underscores everything we do Eversheds Ltd Schwanengasse 1 Berne 3001 Switzerland Tel: +41 31 328 75 75 Web: http://www.eversheds.com


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Guenther J Horvath is a partner and head of the International Arbitration Group in the Vienna office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He specialises in international commercial arbitration with a primary focus on energy matters and corporate disputes as well as industrial engineering. With over 35 years’ experience as a lawyer he has excellent technical, procedural and interpersonal skills developed when acting as a counsel, chairman and party-appointed arbitrator in well over a hundred high-profile disputes. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP Dr. Günther J. Horvath Seilergasse 16 1010 Vienna Austria Tel: +43 1 515 15 305 Fax: +43 1 515 15 405 Web: www.freshfields.com

Our Litigation & Arbitration practice has a long track record of achievement in complex, high stakes, international disputes. With more than 700 lawyers based in 40 offices worldwide, we bring exceptional industry knowledge and provide leading edge advice. Because our lawyers are leaders in their local jurisdictions and function across offices as one team, we are positioned to deliver both local insight and global perspective to meet our clients’ interests in multi-jurisdictional matters. Our worldwide excellence and commitment to our clients is reflected in the top rankings we earn from leading legal directories and third parties. Hogan Lovells US LLP 875 Third Avenue New York, NY 10022 USA Tel: +1 212 918 3000 Fax: +1 212 918 3100

We provide legal, commercial and strategic advice on a wide range of business disputes. Our focus is on providing results-driven solutions that minimise the risks and realistically assess the potential rewards. The team enjoys a high profile, independent position in the market, and rarely faces the kinds of conflict issues which mean that we cannot act against large institutions. We pride ourselves on being partner-led and ensuring that there is a strong and continued presence of the lead partner on every assignment. Our lawyers are experts in all forms of dispute resolution and are well placed to recommend the best process to suit our clients’ particular needs. Fox Williams LLP Ten Dominion Street, London, EC2M 2EE Tel: +44 (0) 20 7628 2000

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (“HHI”) is a Fortune 500 company and an industry leader in shipbuilding, offshore and plant engineering and construction, as well as construction and power equipment manufacturing. HHI is the parent of the HHI Group, a multinational conglomerate with a global network of branch offices and more than forty overseas affiliates. HHI’s legal team is comprised of lawyers with diverse common and civil law qualifications and a dedicated legal staff who are collectively responsible for project negotiations; contract risk analysis, mitigation and management; international trade disputes; intellectual property litigation; international arbitration and litigation, mediation and expert determination. HHI’s legal team is well-versed in dispute settlement practices in many jurisdictions and fora, including arbitration under all of the major institutional rules, and works closely with major international and regional law firms across Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East to pro-actively manage potential and active disputes.

Our Dispute Resolution specialists are experienced in handling substantial and complex malters for sophisticated clients who invariably demand high standards and prompt turnaround times. They have conducted commercial dispute resolution and litigation in both domestic and international venues.

Through integrating our leading litigation capability with Herbert Smith Freehills’ other practice areas, we provide a unique full-service offering to clients. The breadth and scale of our practice enables us to act simultaneously on a number of cases at any one time and quickly draw together large teams in response to client needs.

Litigation is often a complex and expensive business - people vary rarely embark upon it voluntarily. We aim to ensure that the process is as painless as possible and we will always have in mind a client’s ultimate objectives and we will seek to achieve or exceed expectations accordingly.

We advise clients in every industry sector, ranging from multinational corporations and major financial institutions through to governments and high-profile individuals. We regularly advise on potentially contentious aspects of major corporate and financial transactions.

Hamilton Downing Quinn Ruskin House, 40-41 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LT. UK Tel: +44 (0)207 831 8939 Email: law@hamd.co.uk

We offer commercially focused and practical solutions for complex disputes affecting our clients’ interests across industries, geographic locations and jurisdictions, including cross-border matters at the intersection of domestic and international legal orders. Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Central Plaza Rue de Loxum 25 1000 Brussels Tel: +32 2 511 7450 Fax: +32 2 511 7772

Jones Day’s Global Disputes Practice offers clients a comprehensive international footprint with lawyers qualified before jurisdictions throughout the worldwww.jonesdayconstruction.com and prepared for any dispute, from jury trials before domestic courts to international arbitration, from complex commercial litigation cases to criminal or administrative proceedings. Our lawyers deliver deep legal and industry experience, and our track record contributes to our impressive reputation for successful dispute resolution wherever disputes arise. Jones Day 222 East 41st Street New York, New York 10017-6702 Tel: +1.212.326.3939 Fax: +1.212.755.7306

Litigation and dispute resolution clients come to King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin to solve their business critical disputes quickly and efficiently. An essential part of our approach to understanding their commercial drivers is listening. It means when we apply our expertise in court, in arbitration and across jurisdictions, the outcome is a win for the business. It makes us strategic problem solvers too. A truly international practice with centres of excellence in UK, Dubai, Germany, France, Spain and Italy, we are able to advise our clients in achieving the best outcome possible: resolving issues and minimising future disputes. King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin 10 Queen Street Place London EC4R 1BE England Tel: +44 (0)20 7111 2222 Fax: +44 (0)20 7111 2000

HYUNDAI HEAVY INDUSTRIES CO., LTD International Legal Department 1 Jeonha-dong, Dong-gu Ulsan, Korea 682-792 Tel: +82 52 202 0209 Fax: +82 52 202 9220

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Macesic & Partners Kirkland & Ellis has a 100-year history of providing exceptional service to clients around the world in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property, restructuring and counseling matters. The groundwork has been established for another century of superior legal work and client service.

KSA is a firm located in Lévis, in the vicinity of Quebec City, essentially dedicated to the service of small and medium size businesses, manufacturing businesses, construction businesses, financial institutions as well as public and parapublic institutions.

As one of the leading global law firms, we undertake the most important and challenging assignments for the world’s leading companies, financial institutions and governments, helping them to achieve their objectives by solving their most complex and important legal issues.

Kirkland’s principal goals are to provide the highest quality legal services available anywhere; to be an instrumental part of each client’s success; and to recruit, retain and advance the brightest legal talent. Our Firm seeks long-term, partnering relationships with clients, to the end of providing the best total solution to the client’s legal needs.

More than 20 law professionals practice in sectors such as Business Law, Construction Law, Environmental Law, Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law as well as Labour and Administrative Law.

We build lasting relationships with our clients, and we are committed to supporting them at all times, as they adjust to changes in their markets and the regulatory landscape. The size and shape of our business is determined by our clients and the work we do for them.

Most of its lawyers are bilingual, regularly perform work outside the province of Quebec and some also have a complementary education in common law or business management, or are members of the Law Society of Upper Canada or another professional order, such as the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec.

Linklaters LLP 25 rue de Marignan Paris F- 75008 Tel: (33 1) 56 43 56 43 Web: http://www.linklaters.com

Kirkland & Ellis 29th Floor, China World Office 2 No.1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue Beijing 100004 P.R. China Tel: +8610-5737-9300 Web: http://www.kirkland.com

Oriented towards meeting the client’s objectives, our lawyers combine professionalism and creativity to ensure our commitment is met: exceeding your expectations, on time, all the time.

Macesic & Partners is one of the oldest Croatian law firms oriented towards international practice. From its founding in 1970, Macesic & Partners specialised in business law, providing clients with a full range of services. The firm has developed ties and contacts with prominent international institutions and corporations, and has also maintained private clients who operate within and have an interest in the region. The Macesic & Partners’ practice aims to offer a high standard of personal attention to clients and clear understanding of each client’s needs to ensure a prompt, efficient and cost effective service. Experience, specialisation and teamwork are the main qualities of the firm. Its main areas of practice include Dispute Resolution, Energy & Natural Resources, Transportation, Insurance, Corporate / M&A/ Insolvency / Corporate Restructuring / Competition / Public Procurement, Banking & Finance and Intellectual Property. The firm has offices in Zagreb and Rijeka, Croatia. Macesic & Partners

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Mathys Schmid Partner is an established firm of attorneys and notaries with offices at Rittergasse 12, in the heart of Basel, Switzerland. We have gained a reputation amongst a demanding Swiss and international clientele for quality, competence and efficiency. We are a team of experienced and dynamic lawyers licensed to represent clients before all courts of Switzerland. Our main areas of practice are Dispute Resolution and Arbitration, Corporate/M&A, Contract Law, Intellectual Property as well as Restructuring and Insolvency. In case of disputes, we examine whether an out-ofcourt settlement would be advisable and feasible. In a second step, we assess the chances of litigation. If legal proceedings are to be instituted, we defend our client’s position in civil litigation as well as in arbitration proceedings with all due perseverance. We accept nominations to act as mediators, as arbitrators as well as party representatives before national and international courts of arbitration. Mathys Schmid Partner Rittergasse 12 CH-4051 Basel Switzerland Tel: +41 (0)61 270 99 00 Fax: +41 (0)61 270 99 05 E Mail: basel@msp-law.ch Web: www.msp-law.ch

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The lawyers in our Commercial Litigation practice have represented clients in virtually every type of business and commercial dispute. Our practice is built on the experience and skill of our trial lawyers. We have represented our clients in jury and bench trials across the Americas, Europe and Asia. We have handled dozens of commercial arbitrations and administrative hearings. Our lawyers take pride in their ability to move quickly and mobilize a team at a moment’s notice to handle emergency litigation, whether it be a TRO, a preliminary injunction or an emergency appeal. We have the ability to assemble teams that include lawyers from across the world with extensive experience in their local courts. And no other firm can offer a litigation practice that is so strongly supported at every step by the lawyers of our nationally renowned appellate practice and a group that specializes in e-discovery.

McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,100 lawyers. McDermott has over 75 years of serving a broad range of client interests. Established in 1934 as a tax practice in Chicago, Illinois, McDermott has grown its core practices and offices around the globe. The expansion of our international platform has supported numerous cross-border transactions and litigation matters, while providing the experience necessary to offer corporate and commercial, international and domestic tax, labor and benefits, competition, intellectual property and regulatory counsel to clients across all industries. In the years to come, we will continue to expand geographically and enhance our existing practices and industry-focused strengths. We are committed to building from these strengths in order to best serve our clients and communities.

Mayer Brown International LLP 350 South Grand Avenue 25th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90071-1503 United States of America Tel: +1 213 229 9500 Fax: +1 213 625 0248

McDermott Will & Emery 227 West Monroe Street Chicago , IL 60606-5096 Tel: +1 312 372 2000 Web: http://www.mwe.com

We advise many of the world’s largest corporations and financial institutions on complex, high-value and sensitive multi-jurisdictional disputes. Our team of dispute resolution lawyers in London provides an integrated and high quality service to all our clients. With experience in managing multi-jurisdictional litigation and international arbitration across all industry sectors, our lawyers both prevent and resolve disputes by giving practical, creative advice that focuses on our clients’ strategic objectives. We have particular strength in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. We recognise that each dispute is governed by a unique set of variables, sensitivities and, most importantly, commercial factors. Norton Rose Fulbright LLP 3 More London Riverside London SE1 2AQ United Kingdom


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Orrick is a leading global law firm with a particular focus on serving companies in the technology, energy and financial sectors. We are recognized worldwide for delivering the highest-quality, commercially-oriented legal advice and for our culture of innovation and collaboration. Orrick practices in five core areas: Corporate, Energy & Infrastructure, Finance, Intellectual Property and Litigation. Known for our work in the technology sector, we act for many of the world’s top public companies as well as more than 1,200 start-ups. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Heinrich-Heine-Allee 12 Düsseldorf 40213 Germany Tel: +49 (0) 211-36 78 7-0 Web: http://www.orrick.com

Our M&A Group is supplemented by a depth of experience in all relevant disciplines (e.g., tax, ERISA, real estate, intellectual property, environmental) necessary to consummate a successful M&A deal. Our Delaware office, headed by a former Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Chancery Court, provides important insight into Delaware takeover law, as well as critical strategic support in contested situations. Paul Weiss 500 Delaware Avenue, Suite 200 Post Office Box 32 Wilmington, DE 19899-0032 United States Tel: 302-655-4410 Web: http://www.paulweiss.com

The Gulf marketplace offers opportunity and risk in equal measure. The political, regulatory and commercial environment is complex and highly charged. In such an environment, some disputes are inevitable. We can help you with tactics for dispute resolution as well as the obtaining and preservation of evidence and analysis of routes to enforcement After exploring all appropriate avenues of alternative dispute resolution (including mediation and expert-assistance in all their guises), we can conduct litigation and arbitration of disputes concerning construction and infrastructure, commercial contracts, employment, licence arrangements, IT projects and intellectual property. We represent companies, financial institutions and governments worldwide.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is a 650-lawyer business litigation firm -- the largest in the United States devoted solely to business litigation and arbitration. Our lawyers have tried 2247 cases and won 1988, or 88.5%.  When we represent defendants, our trial experience gets us better settlements or defense verdicts.  When representing plaintiffs, our lawyers have won over $27 billion in judgments and settlements.  We have also obtained four 9-figure jury verdicts, thirteen 9-figure settlements, and seven 10-figure settlements. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP 500 West Madison St., Suite 2450 Chicago, Illinois 60606 Tel: +1 312-705-7400 Fax: +1 312-705-7401

Pinsent Masons LLP Level 8 The H Hotel, Office Tower (formerly known as The Monarch Office Tower) One Sheikh Zayed Road P.O. Box 115580 Dubai United Arab Emirates Tel: + 971 4 373 9700 Fax: + 971 4 373 9701

Rosenblum Newfield, LLC Staying competitive locally and internationally, while managing and mitigating risk, are the key challenges to businesses operating in an ever-changing environment. Global commerce has inevitably led to global disputes. With more than 800 knowledgeable, skilled and focused litigation lawyers in our offices throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Reed Smith has the experience and capabilities to meet these challenges.

Recognized as a leader in the field, our M&A practice group possesses both extensive transaction experience and deep industry knowledge. For clients, that means unrivaled counsel on a full range of strategic transactions.

We are trusted legal advisers to leading international businesses around the world, helping clients navigate the complexities of operating in this fast-paced and constantly evolving marketplace. Our clients include financial services firms, insurers, life science companies, health care providers, retailers, media companies, technology companies and entrepreneurs, energy companies, transport and logistics operators, communications companies, manufacturers, universities, nonprofits, real estate developers, and municipalities, that rely on our experienced global litigation team for their most complex and high-stakes litigation matters.

Ropes & Gray Three Embarcadero Center San Francisco, CA 94111-4006 Tel: +1 415 315 6300 Web: http://www.ropesgray.com

Reed Smith LLP Three Logan Square 1717 Arch Street, Suite 3100 Philadelphia, PA 19103

Since January 2012, Ropes & Gray has represented companies in M&A transactions with an aggregate value over $100 billion. Many deals involved cross-border and multijurisdictional issues.

Rosenblum Newfield, LLC is a civil litigation, administrative, and health care law firm with offices in New York and Connecticut. Concentrating on the defense side of civil litigation matters (with a special focus in medical liability cases/malpractice claims), administrative hearings and health care law, it has established a record of accomplishment based on its core values and on proprietary methodologies that have proven successful for its clients. Outside the health care arena, the firm also provides commercial clients in a number of industries with civil litigation and business counsel. For both health care and commercial clients Rosenblum Newfield provides cyber liability services, an emerging area of the law. The firm is highly regarded within the legal and medical professions and the business community, and offers clients a stable culture built on extensive experience, meticulous, creative research and respect for all parties to the situations it addresses. These qualities contribute to an impressive record of defense verdicts, as well as to longstanding client relationships.

Lexing is the first international network dedicated to advanced technologies, of which Sébastien Fanti is one of the founders. Lexing allows international companies to benefit from the services of lawyers with skills in information technology law who are recognized in their respective countries. A lawyer in the field of advanced (cloud computing) technologies, Sébastien Fanti operates within the Lexing international network of lawyers. An editor of legal journals (MEDIALEX, Law Journal Information Technologies at the University of Namur) and a member of the Committee on the Rights of the digital rights of the Union Internationale des Avocats, he participated in debates on the future of standards in this area. Lexing Switzerland Sébastien Fanti Email: sebastien.fanti@sebastienfanti.ch Tel: 0041273221515 – 0041795031515

Rosenblum Newfield, LLC NEW YORK CITY, NY The Chrysler Center 405 Lexington Ave, 26th Floor, # 26001 NY, NY 10174-2699 Tel: (212) 888-8001 Fax: (212) 888-3331

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Our mediators bring to the mediation process the skills which we have honed in our legal practices, including thorough preparation, objective risk analysis, commercial awareness and an in depth knowledge of litigation, combined with mediation and negotiation skills and a wide experience both as mediators and as representatives in mediation. The disputes we mediate reflect the wide range of practice areas at Serle Court, covering disputes in the fields of company law, contractual disputes, banking, charities, employment, estates and probate, financial services, ICT, intellectual property, private international law, partnership, property, shipping and trusts. Serle Court mediators have mediated disputes in and across several different jurisdictions, and often mediate in multi-party disputes. A number of mediators are also happy to act as co-mediators in difficult multi-party negotiations.

We offer the full range of litigation, arbitration and other dispute resolution services. We also have highly-regarded specialist, contentious regulatory and crime, fraud & investigations practices. Our contentious intellectual property and employment groups are acknowledged market leaders. Our philosophy is to combine outstanding practices in each of the jurisdictions in which we operate with the highest levels of service internationally. Simmons & Simmons LLP 40th Floor Park Place 1601 Nanjing Road West Shanghai 200040 China Tel: +86 21 6249 0700 Fax: +86 21 6249 0706

Spoor & Fisher is a specialist, full service international intellectual property (IP) law firm, with a particular focus on providing services throughout Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. The Trade Mark Department has specialist teams dealing with anti-counterfeiting and ambush marketing, while the Patent Department has experts in biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, mining and mechanical inventions, nanotechnology, electronics and business method and computer software-related inventions. Its main offices are in South Africa and Jersey, Channel Islands. Spoor & Fisher Web: www.spoor.com

Together, we have extensive experience in appeals against decisions of competition and regulatory authorities. We act in competition litigation before English and other national courts, the General Court and the Court of Justice. We are at the cutting edge of the current increase in private actions, acting in ground-breaking competition litigation before the English and European Courts. We also coordinate cross-border antitrust litigation strategies with the practices of our ‘Best Friends’ in other major jurisdictions. Slaughter and May Square de Meeûs 40 1000 Brussels Belgium Tel: +32 (0)2 737 94 00 Fax: +32 (0)2 737 94 01

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We have a track record for advising clients on their most complex and difficult disputes - and have over the years acted on many of the largest cases in the courts and tribunals. We handle all aspects of litigation and arbitration, including financial and banking disputes, recovery and insolvency, professional indemnity, intellectual property, information technology, construction and engineering, fraud and asset tracing, property disputes, trust litigation and business investigations and regulation. We are highly respected among our peers. In addition to the firm’s own clients, we are frequently referred work by top international law firms when they are faced with conflict situations. Stephenson Harwood Level 6, Units 628-629 China World Office 1, No.1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing 100004, PRC. China Tel: +86 10 65052477 Fax: +86 10 65052491

Serle Court 6 New Square Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3QS, DX 1025 LDE Tel: +44 (0) 20 7242 6105 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7405 4004 Out of hours: +44 (0) 7714 853642

Our first class litigation and dispute resolution skills, coupled with our leading-edge competition law expertise, enable us to handle complex competition litigation matters. Our Competition Litigation group of cross-disciplinary specialists comprises lawyers from our Competition and Dispute Resolution practices. It is made up of eight partners and an adviser on regulated industries, Christopher Wright.

Our award winning litigation practice has a leading reputation in the market.

Tekil Law Office is an independent commercial law firm based in Istanbul, providing legal consultancy and litigation services to corporate and private clients mainly in Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, Employment Law, Contract Law, Advertising & Media Law and Internet Law.

Disputes are both commonplace and highly disruptive. They can also be very costly. That’s why we believe in the importance of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms – they resolve disputes more quickly and keep costs to an absolute minimum.

Our primary goal is to provide practical legal advice to our local and international clients as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. As a boutique firm of lawyers, we focus on establishing intensive contact with our clients by immersing ourselves in their business to understand their needs.

But it’s not just about resolving disputes when they arise. We also work with clients to ensure systems are in place that will minimise the risk of litigation happening in the first place.

We aim to act as an ‘integral support’ to protect our clients’ legal rights and interests and to inform our clients about the legal matters that may interest them. Therefore, we warn, advise, inform, and assist our clients with all legal matters that may directly or indirectly affect the success of their business operations. Our service languages are: English, French, Turkish and Italian. Tekil Law Office Web: http://tekil-law.com/

However, where litigation or arbitration ensues, our Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice has extensive experience of successfully resolving increasingly complex and high value commercial disputes across a wide range of sectors worldwide. In addition to our areas of expertise listed below, our lawyers have expertise in contentious trusts, professional negligence, product liability, and claims against directors, shareholders and investors. Taylor Wessing LLP 5 New Street Square London EC4A 3TW United Kingdom DX 41 London Tel. +44 (0) 20 7300 7000 Fax. +44 (0) 20 7300 7100

We know that clients are usually looking for a cost efficient, commercially attractive and speedy resolution of their disputes. Our aim is to understand the client’s commercial objectives from the beginning and to identify a strategy to achieve those objectives in an economic and expeditious manner. Our experience covers all forms of ADR including arbitration, adjudication, dispute resolution boards, expert determination, early neutral evaluations and mediation. Thirty Nine Essex Street 82 King Street, Manchester M2 4WQ Tel: +44 (0)16 1870 0333 Fax: +44 (0)20 7353 3978


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TLT provides a full mediation service, offering an efficient and effective process for resolving commercial disputes as an adjunct or alternative to formal litigation or arbitration. Our mediators are experienced in a wide range of commercial disputes and have individual areas of specialism and sectoral expertise. They are used to handling cases of all sizes and complexity, including multi-party and cross-border cases. TLT LLP One Redcliff Street Bristol BS1 6TP United Kingdom

Our litigation experience covers a wide range of business sectors and legal practice areas in the commercial sphere, including intellectual property and patent disputes, banking and insolvency litigation, professional negligence claims, disputes arising from the acquisition of businesses or companies, property and construction cases, trust and pensions litigation and financial services disputes. The broad spread of our commercial litigation practice and the strength of our reputation is such that we regularly attract instructions in high value claims not only from major UK entities (particularly banks and other financial institutions and major UK corporates) but also, increasingly, from international clients who wish to pursue claims through the English courts. Travers Smith LLP 21, place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris Tel: +33 1 43 12 53 00 Fax: +33 1 43 12 53 09

Unfortunately disputes occur in all businesses. When they do you need clear advice on where you stand and what remedies are available to you. We understand this and work with you to resolve the problem in the manner that best suits you. Most disputes are now resolved without recourse to litigation. Our experienced Dispute Resolution team work exclusively on the resolution of disputes. Whether your case is complex, routine, or something you just want resolved swiftly, we will ensure it is dealt with at the appropriate level and that costs are controlled. We offer a proactive dispute resolution service and are able to respond instantly when urgent applications are necessary to prevent the dissipation of assets. We provide expert dispute resolution advice in many areas including all types of contractual and property disputes, asset recovery, professional negligence and judicial review. We cover every method of resolving disputes including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Summaries of these main methods are set out in our bulletin entitled Dispute Resolution. Trowers & Hamlins LLP 3 Bunhill Row London EC1Y 8YZ DX 774 Lon/City t +44 (0)20 7423 8000 f +44 (0)20 7423 8001 E: enquiries@trowers.com

The firm has a robust commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice that handles matters and disputes across our core Practice Areas all over Nigeria and where required, we also advise on issues for determination in matters before courts and arbitral panels in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and other countries. Wherever possible, we encourage our corporate and commercial clients to resolve their disputes without resort to litigation or arbitration. Uzoma Azikiwe is a Partner and the head of the firm’s litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution team. He provides advice in maritime, aviation, employment and energy matters, and his specialisations include advising multinationals on oil, gas and environmental matters, the provision, manning and maintenance of vessels, cabotage issues, telecommunications, construction, administrative and constitutional law. St Nicholas House, (10th & 13th Floors), Catholic Mission Street, Lagos, P.O.B. 53123 (Ikoyi), Nigeria. Tel: +234 1 4622307-10, 8970622, 7467733 Fax: +234 1 4622311 Web: www.uubo.org E-mail: uzoma.azikiwe@uubo.org

WEITBRECHTLAW Vinson & Elkins’ Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice group includes lawyers throughout the firm who serve as both advocates and third-party neutrals in claim and litigation matters. The group also provides advice and counseling to clients and other firm lawyers with respect to negotiating strategies, effective and efficient uses of ADR, the selection of third-party neutrals, the consideration of appropriate ADR procedures for particular controversies, and the drafting of private ADR clauses and agreements. Vinson & Elkins RLLP 1001 Fannin Street Suite 2500 Houston, TX 77002-6760 Tel +1.713.758.1109 Fax +1.713.615.5607 glipe@velaw.com

Disputes are a drain on business, requiring lawyers to develop a proactive strategy, one that focuses on our client’s needs and is designed to achieve the desired outcome in a timely and cost effective manner.

From standard commercial litigation to complex strategic disputes with substantial amounts at stake, from national courts to international arbitration, Weil & Associés has successfully acquired a broad range of litigation skills.

Our lawyers are therefore experienced in a variety of alternative dispute resolution methods including negotiation, mediation, expert determination and arbitration.

Transparency is key and there is no room for surprises. We therefore believe that it is important that you are confident you are in good hands by keeping you spontaneously updated from start to finish at every step of the trial.

Used correctly these methods can help retain business relationships, deal with peripheral but important non-monetary issues and yet provide a binding, enforceable, agreement. Ward Hadaway Sandgate House 102 Quayside Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DX DX number: DX 730360 Newcastle upon Tyne 30 T: +44 (0) 191 204 4000 F: +44 (0) 191 204 4001 E: enquiries@wardhadaway.com

Having represented clients in trials since 1974, our litigators have a strong litigation and arbitration experience. They have a long-standing and sound knowledge of the formal subtleties that sometimes allow defending a case without even addressing the merits before court. We know how a matter should be presented to the courts or an arbitration tribunal and our expertise as litigation lawyers is recognized by these authorities.

Companies that have been damaged by an illegal cartel are obliged by corpo-rate law to pursue credible claims. In most cases it makes sense for claimants to form an alliance with others who are similarly damaged by the same cartel. WEITBRECHTLAW assists in the resolution of these claims using, wherever possible, multiparty arbitration and mediation. WEITBRECHTLAW Prof. Dr. Andreas Weitbrecht Rechtsanwalt Bundeskanzlerplatz 2-10 D - 53113 Bonn Email: aw@weitbrechtlaw.com Web: www.weitbrechtlaw.com Tel: +49 228 2673 460 Fax: +49 228 2673 203

Weil & Associés 26, Avenue de la Grande Armée, 75017 Paris, France Email: info@weil-paris.fr Web: weil-paris.fr Tel: +33 (0)1 44 15 98 98 Fax: +33 (0)1 44 15 98 99

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WS Marcus Jones & Co The world’s leading financial institutions, largest corporations, sovereign governments, executives and directors turn to our Global Commercial Litigation Practice for their most significant litigation matters. With a global team of more than 700 dispute resolution lawyers worldwide, the Practice has genuine depth and local law capability that few other major firms can match. Our Practice includes our highly-rated litigators and regulatory practitioners experts across the United States (based in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, the Silicon Valley and Miami), ensuring that any exposure across your operations is handled by one team. In Europe and Asia, our team of more than 330 practitioners has significant and wide-ranging experience in litigation at all levels before national courts and judicial tribunals throughout these regions and before the European Courts in Luxembourg. White & Case LLP 1155 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10036-2787 United States

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Trial skills matter—even in a world where few disputes ever see the inside of a courtroom. Winston & Strawn has built a reputation as a trial lawyers’ firm. Our litigators are fully prepared to defend our clients’ interests in court, both in the United States and around the world. From compliance counseling to mediation, settlement negotiation, motion practice, trial, and appeal, Winston offers a full-service litigation practice capable of meeting our clients’ business and legal objectives, whatever they may be. Our litigators are some of the most seasoned in the industry, bringing extensive courtroom experience to every matter our firm handles. Winston & Strawn LLP 35 W. Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60601-9703 Tel: +1 (312) 558-5600 Fax: +1 (312) 558-5700

Many successful people have to assert or defend their legal rights at some time in their lives. Obviously winning is key but keeping the day to day disruption to a minimum is also a consideration.

WS Marcus Jones & Co is ranked as one of the top five law firms in Sierra Leone. Based out of Sydney Chambers in Freetown, the firm specialises in Intellectual Property law.

Our dispute resolution team understands that full scale litigation may not always be the best solution. We therefore try in most instances to help our clients find alternative solutions that stop short of appearing in court or before arbitration panels. Mediation is one of the lynchpins of our work.

WS Marcus Jones Sydney Chambers 7 Walpole Street Freetown Sierra Leone Tel: (+232-22) 223-494 or 224-947

When full-scale litigation is required, we aim at all times to provide clients with the qualities they expect: technical excellence, clear tactical, result-oriented advice, lateral thinking, sympathy and objectivity. But most important is ensuring our clients know that when things get tough we will support them all the way. withersworldwide Greenwich CT office 660 Steamboat Road, Greenwich, CT 06830, USA Tel: +1 203 302 4100


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and the winners are... Anguilla Webster Dyrud Mitchell Argentina Etcheverry & Etcheverry Moeller IP Advisors O’ Conor Power & Co Sena & Berton Moreno Australia Acumen Intellectual Property Allens Allens Allens Allens Ashurst Clayton Utz Clayton Utz Corrs Chambers Westgarth Cullens Davies Collison Cave Emil Ford & Co Lawyers FB Rice Francis Abourizk Lightowlers Griffith Hack Griffith Hack Henry Davis Herbert Smith Freehills Maddocks Moyle & Associates Phillips Ormonde & Fitzpatrick Raven IP Spruson and fergusson Squire Sanders Truman Hoyle Watermark Wray & Associates

IP Law Firm of the Year - Anguilla Boutique Patent Law Firm of the Year - Argentina Latin America Focused Trademark Advisor of the Year International Trademark Portfolio Managers of the Year - Argentina Overall Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - Argentina Client Focused IP Law Firm of the Year - Australia Patent Litigator of the Year - Australia Pharmaceutical IP Law Firm of the Year - Australia IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Australia Life Sciences Patent Team of the Year -Australia IP Partner of the Year - Australia Contentious IP Disputes Specialist of the Year - Australia Commercial IP Litigation Team of the Year - Australia IP Commercialisation Firm of the Year - Australia Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year - Australia Strategic Intellectual Property Law Service Provider of the Year - Australia Software Licensing Specialist of the Year - Australia Client Choice Award: IP Protection Firm of the Year - Australia IP Strategic Advisory Firm of the Year - Australia Physics Patent Law Firm of the Year -Australia Patent Applications Law Firm of the Year - Australia Commitment to IP - Australia FMCG Focused IP Law Firm of the Year - Australia M&A IP Law Firm of the Year - Australia IP Protection Law Firm of the Year - Australia Full Service Intellectual Property Firm of the Year - Australia Gold Coast Trademark Specialist of the Year IP Law Firm of the Year - Australia Overall IP Law Firm of the Year - Australia IP Focused Alternate Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year - Australia. Intellectual Asset Management Firm of the Year - Australia IP Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - Australia

Austria asd Griss & Partner Manak Schallaboeck Partners Patentanwaltskanzlei Hübscher Salomonowitz Horak Schoenherr Rechtsanwaelte Schoenherr Rechtsanwaelte voestalpine Stahl GmbH

Trademarks Agents of the Year - Austria IP Law Firm of the Year - Austria IP Law Firm of the Year 2014 - Austria Patent Law Firm of the Year - Austria Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Austria Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year- Austria Unfair Competition Law Firm of the Year - Austria IP Excellence Award 2014 - Austria

The Bahamas Mosko & Associates

Intellectual Property Practice of the Year -Bahamas

Belgium AGC Glass Europe Altius BiiP Bird & Bird CNH Industrial Belgium Crowell & Moring De Clercq & Partners Joren De Wachter (Integrating Technology, IP & Business Models Monard-D’Hulst Advocaten Olswang LLP Pecher & de Groote Vesuvius Group

IP Innovation Award 2014 - Belgium IPR Exploitation Law Firm of the Year - Belgium IP Intelligence Firm of the Year - Belgium IP Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year - Belgium Sustained Excellence in IP - Belgium IP Prosecution Firm of the Year - Belgium PCT Patent Applications Specialist of the Year - Belgium IP Thought Leader of 2014 - Belgium IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Belgium Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - Belgium Patent Portfolio Manager of the Year - Belgium IP Manager of the Year - Belgium

Brunei Dr. Colin Ong Legal Services Bulgaria Borislav Boyanov & Co. Iusauthor Law Firm IUSAUTHOR law office Penev Penev PRC - Patent Right Consulting Ltd Intellectual property services Schoenherr Tabakov,Tabakova & Partners The BVI O’Neal Webster Canada Aitken Klee Arvic Search Services Inc. Baker & McKenzie Belmore Neidrauer LLP Belmore Neidrauer LLP Bennett Jones LLP Bennett Jones LLP Blaney McMurtry Chipworks, Inc. Dimock Stratton LLP Goodmans LLP Innovate Calgary LEGER ROBIC RICHARD / ROBIC LudlowLaw Mark B Eisen Professional Corporation Solis Juritech Torys Chile Albagli Zaliasnik ALESSANDRI & CIA Alessandri & Compańía Alessandri & Compańía Claro y Cia Estudio Federico Villaseca Johansson & Langlois Sargent & Krahn Sargent & Krahn China Allbright Law offices An Tian Zhang & Partners Anhui CNT Trademark Law Firm Beijing Globe Law Firm China Patent Agent ELLA CHEONG (HONG KONG & BEIJING) Jingtian & Gongcheng Kangxin Partners, P.C. Kangxin Partners, P.C. Lehman, Lee & Xu Shanghai DeBund Law Offices Shanghai Patent & Trademark Law Office SIMATE International Intellectual Property (Beijing) Ltd Wilkinson & Grist Colombia Cardenas & Cardenas Abogados Castellanos & Co

IP Excellence Award 2014 - Brunei Utility Models Focused IP Law Firm of the Year - Bulgaria IP Law Firm of the Year - Bulgaria Trademarks Law Firm of the Year - Bulgaria Data Protection Law Firm of the Year - Bulgaria IP Counselling Firm of the Year - Bulgaria Patent Office of the Year - Bulgaria Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year - Bulgaria Client Choice Award: IP Law Firm of the Year - Bulgaria Patent Registration Law Firm of the Year - BVI Life Sciences Patent litigation Firm of the Year - Canada Trademarks Service Provider of the Year - Canada IP litigation law firm of the year- Canada Biotechnology Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Canada Dynamic Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - Canada IP Law Firm of the Year - Canada IP Thought Leader of 2014 - Canada Intellectual Property Auditors of the Year - Canada Patent Intelligence Firm of the Year- Canada Copyright Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Canada Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year - Canada Tech Transfer Innovator of the Year - Canada Science Focused Patent Law Firm of the Year - Canada Client Focused IP Law Firm of the Year - Canada Patent Law Firm of the Year - Canada Sustained Excellence in IP - Canada Consumer Products Regulatory Specialist of the Year - Canada Most Trusted Intellectual Property Firm of the Year - Chile IP Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - Chile IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Chile Patent Law Firm of the Year - Chile Industrial Designs IP Team of the Year - Chile Overall IP Law Firm of the Year - Chile Client Focused IP Law Firm of the Year - Chile Unfair Competition Law Firm of the Year - Chile Large Intellectually Property Firm of the Year - Chile Patent Infringement Litigation Law Firm of the Year - China Unfair Competition Law Firm of the Year - China Trademark Registration Specialist of the Year - China Environmental Law Firm of the Year - China Patents Agent of the Year - China IPR Service Provider of the Year - China IP Protection Specialist of the Year - China Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - China IP Transaction Team of the Year - China Top Tier IP Law Firm of the Year - China IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - China Mechanics IP Law Firm of the Year - China Trademarks Agents of the Year - China Life Sciences IP Law Firm of the Year - China

Bermuda Conyers Dill & Pearman

Offshore IP Portfolio Specialist of the Year- Bermuda

Bolivia Escobar & Escobar

Castellanos & Co Marrugo Rivera & Asociados

IP Law Firm of the Year - Bolivia

Brazil Aoki Advogados Associados Montaury Pimenta Machado & Vieira de Mello Pinheiro Nunes Arnaud e Scatamburlo Salusse Marangoni Advogados Veirano Advogados

Payan Urdaneta & Co. Abogados Raisbeck Osman & Castro

Trademark Law Firm of the Year - Columbia Boutique Intellectual Property Firm of the Year - Columbia IP Law Firm of the Year - Columbia Information Technology Specialist of the Year - Columbia IP Excellence Awards 2014 - Columbia Patent Law Firm of the Year - Columbia

Boutique IP Law Firm of the Year IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Brazil Thought Leader in Intellectual Property - Brazil Creative IP Solution Provider of the Year - Brazil Information Technology Law Firm of the Year - Brazil

Costa Rica Zürcher Lawyers

IP Protection Firm of the Year - Costa Rica

Croatia Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic Law Firm

IP Law Firm of the Year - Croatia

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KORPER I PARTNERI Law Firm Law Offices Dlacic The Czech Republic Advocates and Patent Attorneys Vyskočil Krošlák & spol. Česky - advokátní a patentová kancelář HM Partners INVENTIA s.r.o. Propatent Rott Ruzicka & Guttmann Stros Kusak The Democratic Republic of the Congo YAV & Associates Denmark Awapatent Budde Schou Budde Schou Chas. Hude Coloplast Genmab Hoffmann Dragsted Høiberg A/S Holme Patent Inspicos Knop & Co Nordic Patent Service Nordic Patent Service Novozymes The Dominican Republic Biaggi & Messina Biaggi & Messina Troncoso y Caceres

Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year -Croatia Boutique IP Law Firm of the Year - Croatia

Beetz & Partner Bittner & Partner IP Claim Enforcement Firm of the Year - Czech Republic Client Choice Award: Patent Office of the Year - Czech Republic Czech IP Specialist of the Year Czech IP Protection Practice of the Year Trademarks Law Firm of the Year - Czech Republic Utility Models Law Firm of the Year - Czech Republic Czech IPR Law Firm of the Year IP Solution Provider of the Year - Democratic Republic of the Congo Biotechnology Focused IP Specialist of the Year - Denmark IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Denmark IP Law Firm of the Year - Denmark IPR Specialist of the Year - Denmark Commitment to Science 2014 - Denmark Danish Biotechnology Company Of the Year Patent Law Firm of the Year - Denmark Client Focused Law Firm of the Year Medium-Sized IP Law Firm of the Year - Denmark IP Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - Denmark Most Trusted IP Advisor of the Year - Denmark Intellectual Property Firm Design Law Relationships Advisor of the Year - Denmark Bio Innovation Award 2014 - Denmark IP Law Firm of the Year - Dominican Republic Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year - Dominican Republic Boutique IP Law Firm of the Year - Dominican Republic Eastern European IP Law Firm of the Year

Ecuador Corral Rosales Carmigniani Perez

IP Law Firm of the Year - Ecuador

Estonia Sorainen

IP Law Firm of the Year - Estonia

France ALTANA Brevalex Cabinet Debay Cabinet Gelly Cabinet Plasseraud Delphi Dentons Cabinet Deprez Guignot & Associés Duclos, Thorne, Mollet-Vieville & Associes Lavoix Linklaters Morgan Lewis Nomos Nomos Germany Allen & Overy Anwaltssozietat Grünecker, Kinkeldey, Stockmair & Schwanhaeusser Arcor Arnold Ruess

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Boehmert & Boehmert Anwaltssozietät Brückner BSB - Rechtsanwälte BSB Anwaltskanzlei CBH Cornelius Bartenbach Haesemann & Partners Dennemeyer IP Solutions Dennemeyer & Associates Dennemeyer & Associates Dienwiebel Transatlantic IP Dilg, Haeusler, Schindelmann DOMAINSALON | Intellectual Property Dr. Kunz & Kollegen Dr. R. Probst Patentanwaltskanzlei DTS Munich DTS Munich Durm & Partner Patentanwälte Eisenführ Speiser Eisenführ Speiser engel patentanwaltskanzlei ERNICKE & ERNICKE Fleuchaus & Gallo Partnerschaft GLAWE DELFS MOLL - Partnerschaft mbB von GLAWE DELFS MOLL - Partnerschaft mbB von GLAWE DELFS MOLL - Partnerschaft mbB von Gleiss Große Schrell & Partner Patentanwälte Gleiss Lutz

Eastern Europe PETOSEVIC

Finland Attorneys-at-law Juridia Berggren Group Berggren Oy Ab Espatent Oy Hannes Snellman Attorneys at Law Ltd Inventio Attorneys Ltd IPR Partners Oy Papula-Nevinpat

ATHENE PATENT

Trade mark Law Firm of the Year - Finland Finnish IPR Agent of the Year IPR Specialist of the Year - Finland IPR Creation Advisory Firm of the Year - Finland Finnish Technology Practice of the Year Data Protection Law Firm of the Year - Finland IPR Team of the Year - Finland Trademark Agency of the Year - Finland E-Commerce & Technology Law Firm of the Year - France Software Focused Intellectual Property Firm of the Year- France IP Excellence Awards 2014 - France Most Trusted IT Law Firm of the Year - France Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year - France Sustained Excellence in IP - France IP&T Group of the Year - France Client Focused Law Firm of the Year - France Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year - France Patent Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - France Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year - France Trade Mark Law Firm of the Year - France Entertainment IP Law Firm of the Year- Europe IP Exploitation Team of the Year - France Unfair Competition Law Firm of the Year - Germany Patent Law Firm of the Year - Germany Top Tier IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany Technical Rights Law Firm of the Year - Germany

Grauel IP Patentanwaltskanzlei Grünecker, Kinkeldey, Stockmair Gulde & Partner Harte-Bavendamm Hoeger, Stellrecht & Partner Patentanwälte Hoffmann Eitle Jochen Alexander Reich Kailuweit & Uhlemann KEGLER IP, Dr. Christian Kegler KNPZ Kotitschke & Heurung Partnerschaft von Kreisler Selting Werner Kudlek & Grunert Kuhnen & Wacker, PC LATZEL-IP Lederer & Keller Lichtenstein, Korner & Partners Liermann-Castell & Kollegen GbR Maikowski & Ninnemann Maiwald Patentanwalts GmbH Maiwald Patentanwalts GmbH Matias Erny Reichl Hoffmann May Reiprich McDermott Will & Emery Meissner Bolte & Partner Michalski Hüttermann & Partner Michalski Hüttermann Patent Attorneys Mitscherlich, Patent- und Müller Schupfner & Partner Müller-Boré & Partner Patentanwälte PartG mbB Müller-Boré & Partner Patentanwälte PartG mbB

Utility Model Focused Patent Law Firm of the Year - Germany Design Protection Law Firm of the Year - Germany PCT Patent Applications Specialist of the Year - Germany Domain Law Firm of the Year - Germany Patent Applications Drafting Team of the Year - Germany Client Choice Award: IP Enforcement Firm of the Year - Germany IPR Law Firm of the Year - Germany Media Law Firm of the Year - Germany IP Portfolio Services Provider of the Year - Germany IP Management Firm of the Year - Germany 2014 IP Innovation Award - Flat Fee Servicing Transatlantic IP Practice of the Year - Germany Industrial Property Rights Application Specialist of the Year - Germany Top 100 in Intellectual Property - Germany Client Choice Award: IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany Biochemical IP Team of the Year - Germany IP-Due Diligence Specialist of the Year - Germany Transactional IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany Internet Domains Focused Law Firm of the Year - Germany Most Trusted Employee Invention Law Firm of the Year - Germany Automated Manufacturing Systems IP Specialist of the Year - Germany Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany Boutique Patent Law Firm of the Year - Germany IP Mediation Firm of the Year - Germany Technical Innovation IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany Commercial Markings IP Team of the Year - Germany Supplementary Protection Certificates Specialist of the Year - Germany Plant Variety Protection Specialist of the Year - Germany Technology Focused Patent Disputes Law Firm of the Year - Germany IP Management Firm of the Year - Germany IP Transactions Law Firm of the Year - Germany Protective Rights IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany Luxury Goods Trademark Specialist of the Year - Germany Client Choice Award: Patent Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - Germany Full Service IPR Law Firm of the Year - Germany Commitment to Patents - Germany Industrial Property Filing Specialist of the Year - Germany IP Auditors of the Year - Germany Sustained Excellence in Trademarks - Germany Client Choice Award: Unfair Competition Law Firm of the Year -Germany Pharmaceutical Patent Law Firm of the Year - Germany European Focused Patent Law Firm of the Year - Germany Physics IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany SME Choice Award : IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany IP Due Diligence Firm of the Year - Germany Press Law Firm of the Year - Germany IP Portfolio Management Firm of the Year - Germany IP Boutique Law Firm of the Year - Germany Sustained Excellence in IP- Germany Electronics Patent Law Firm of the Year - Germany Patent Applications Drafting Specialist of the Year - Germany Life Sciences Patent Law Firm of the Year - Germany IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Germany Most Trusted Utility Advisor of the Year - Germany Full Service IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany IP Enforcement Firm of the Year - Germany Semiconductor Devices IP Specialist of the Year - Germany Client Choice Award: Utility Models Law Firm of the Year - Germany Most Trusted Physics Focused IP Firm of the Year - Germany Medical Device Technology Focused Law Firm of the Year -Germany


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mzb.de OLBRICHT PATENTANWÄLTE Patent- und Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Sroka & Sroka PatentanwÃlte Westphal, Mussgnug und Partner Patentanwalt Dr. F. Köhler (Düsseldorf) Patentanwälte Gierlich & Pischitzis Partnerschaft Patentanwälte Gierlich & Pischitzis Partnerschaft Patentanwaltskanzlei Mohr PATENTSHIP Patentanwaltskanzlei Preu Bohlig & Partner Preu Bohlig & Partner Preu Bohlig & Partner Prinz & Partner Prinz & Partner Patent - und Rechtsanwälte PUSCHMANN BORCHERT BARDEHLE Reiser & Partner Patentanwälte RICHTER WERDERMANN GERBAULET HOFMANN Riechelmann & Carlsohn Rothkopf Ruhr-IP RUHR-IP Patent Attorneys RUHR-IP Patentanwälte Schiweck Weinzierl Koch Schneiders & Behrendt

Sustained Excellence in Intellectual Property - Germany Electrical Engineering IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany Top 100 in Intellectual Property - Germany Client Focused Patent Law Firm of the Year - Germany Leading IP Advisor of 2014 - Germany Employee Invention Law Firm of the Year - Germany Licensing Agreement Law Firm of the Year - Germany Trademark and Design Lawyer of the Year - Germany IP Monetization Firm of the Year - Germany Most Trusted Patent Infringement Law firm of the Year - Germany Patent Infringement Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Germany E Business Law Firm of the Year - Germany Client Choice Awards: Patents Law Firm of the Year - Germany IP ProtectionSpecilaist of the Year - Germany Domain Name Specialist of the Year - Germany IPR Protection Team of the Year - Germany Property Rights Enforcement Firm of the Year - Germany Neighbouring Right IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany

Taylor Wessing Ter Meer Steinmeister & Partner Thomas Burchardi Thorsten Schäfer - TMPAT.EU Timo Schwamb Patentanwalt Dr.-Ing. Jörg Wagner, trierpatent. Uexkull & Stolberg Vogel & Partner web.de Weickmann & Weickmann Weickmann & Weickmann Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff

IP Strategy Specialist of the Year - Germany IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany IP Rights Specialist of the Year - Germany Biotechnology IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany License Contracts Specialist of the Year - Germany Top 100 in Intellectual Property - Germany Process Engineering Focused IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany Advertising Focused IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany IP Evaluation Firm of the Year - Germany IP Evaluation Firm of the Year - Germany Automotive IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Germany Client Choice Award: Employee Inventor’s Law Firm of the Year - Germany Patent Infringement Team of the Year - Germany Life Sciences IP Law Firm of the Year -Germany Biotechnology Patent Specialist of the Year - Germany Top 100 in Intellectual Property - Germany Top 100 in Intellectual Property - Germany One to Watch: IP Team of the Year- Germany Chemical Patent Specialist of the Year - Germany IT Law Firm of the Year - Germany Top 100 in Intellectual Property - Germany Patent Attorney of the Year - Germany Art Search Provider of the Year - Germany Computer Hardware IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany Employee’s Invention Law Firm of the Year - Germany

Greece Apostolos Georgiades & Associates POTAMITISVEKRIS Vayanos Kostopoulos

Information Technology Law Firm of the Year - Greece IP Litigation Practice of the Year - Greece Foreign Utility Models Law Firm of the Year - Greece

Shalibeik IP SKW Schwarz Sparing Röhl Henseler Steinmeister & Partner Stumpf Patentanwälte PartGmbB

Hong Kong CWL Partners Deacons Hong Kong Patent & Trademark Agent Limited Rebecca Lo & Co Robin Bridge & John Liu Hungary Danubia Patent & Law Office LLC Somfai & Partners Industrial Rights Co. Ltd. Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm Gödölle Kékes Mészáros & Szabó Markó Patent Oppenheim S.B.G. & K. Patent & Law Office India Anand & Anand Athena Law Associates Auromaa Associates Boazz Law Chambers Krishna & Saurastri Lex Orbis IP Practice Nishith Desai Associates

IP Innovation Management Law Firm of the Year - Hong Kong Full Service IP Law Firm of the Year - Asia IP Boutique of the Year - Hong Kong Patent Law Firm of the Year- Hong Kong IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Hong Kong IP Litigation Practice of the Year - Hungary Full Service IP Law Firm of the Year - Hungary Copyright Law Firm of the Year- Hungary Boutique IP Law Firm of the Year - Hungary IP Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - Hungary Most Trusted IP Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - Hungary IPR Litigation Law Firm of the Year- Hungary Contractual IP Law Firm of the Year - India Anti Trust Law Firm of the Year - India Domestic Patents Applications Firm of the Year - India Boutique IPR Firm of the Year - India Intellectual Property Rights Management Firm of the Year - India IP Practice of the Year - India IP Tax Law Firm of the Year - India

O.P. Khaitan & Co. Solicitors and Advocates Seth Dua & Associates

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year -India Most Trusted IP Law Firm of he Year - India

Indoensia AMR Partnership Hadromi Adnan Intellectual Property Group Januar Jahja & Partners Pacific Patent

IP law Firm of the Year - Indonesia IP Auditor of the Year - Indonesia Trademark Prosecution Team of the Year - Indonesia Patent Specialist of the Year - Indonesia

Iran Orim Law Firm Reza Badamchi & Associates

Boutique Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - Iran IP Law Firm of the Year - Iran

Ireland Beauchamps Caroline Fannig Solicitors DFMG Solicitors FRKelly Hanna Moore & Curley Purdy Lucey Intellectual Property William Fry, Solicitors

Brand Protection Law Firm of the Year - Ireland Trademark Registration Law Firm of the Year - Ireland Intellectual Property Legal Team of the Year - Ireland Patent Law Firm of the Year - Ireland Patent Securiszation Law Firm of the Year - Ireland Electronics IP Law Firm of the Year - Ireland Most Trusted Patent Law Firm of the Year - Ireland

Israel Barnea & Co Borochov Korakh & Co Ehrlich & Fenster Patent Attorneys Gilat, Bareket & Co Gold Patents and Financial Services Ltd. Heskia-Hacmun Law Firm Luthi & Co Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz S Horowitz & Co S Horowitz & Co S Horowitz & Co

Financial Trading Spheres Specialist of the Year -Israel IPR Specialist of the Year - Israel IP Protection Law Firm of the Year - Israel Aerospace IP Law Firm of the Year -Israel IP Solution Provider Firm of the Year- Israel Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year - Israel IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Israel Patents Law Firm of the Year - Israel IP Portfolio Management Service of the Year - Israel Copyright Contentious Law Firm of the Year - Israel Large IP Law Firm of the Year - Israel

Italy Biesse S.r.l. Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato De Simone & Partners IPSO Notarbartolo & Gervasi S.p.A. Orsingher Ortu Avvocati Associati Petruccelli Ing. Davide (1227 B) Racheli srl Simmons & Simmons Studio Bonini S.r.l. Studio Bonini s.r.l. Studio Ingg. Fischetti & Weber Studio Legale Saglietti e Associati Studio Legale SIB Studio Legale Sutti Studio Torta Studio Torta S.p.A. Japan Hiroe & Associates Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba Nakamura & Partners Nishimura & Asahi SONODA & KOBAYASHI Intellectual Property Law firm STW & Partners TMI Associates Yuasa and Hara Jordan NJQ & Associates Zalloum & Laswi Law Firm Kenya Anjarwalla & Khanna, Advocates Liechtenstein Patentro Paul Rosenich AG Lithuania Gediminas Pranevičius LIUDMILA GERASIMOVIC, PATENTINIS PATIKETINIS, II

Patent Design Drafting Firm of the Year -Italy IP litigation Law Firm of the Year - Italy Mechanical Engineering IP Firm of the Year- Italy Trademarks Law Firm of the Year - Italy Patents Law Firm of the Year - Italy IP Law Firm of the Year - Italy IP Management Firm of the Year - Italy IP Law Firm of the Year - Italy Life sciences IP Law Firm of the Year - Italy Design & Copy Right Law Firm of the Year - Italy Full Service IP Law Firm of the Year -Italy Boutique Patent Law Firm of the Year - Italy Most Trusted Patent Law Firm of the Year - Italy IP Expert of the Year - Italy Client Choice Award: IP Law Firm of the Year - Italy IP Consultant of the Year - Italy Trademark Portfolio Management Firm of the Year - Italy Utility Model Law Firm of the Year - Japan Computer Software IP Law Firm of the Year IPR Law Firm of the Year - Japan IP Disputes Law Firm of the Year - Japan Trademark Registration Law Firm of the Year - Japan IP Infringement Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Japan IP Law Firm of the Year- Japan IP Protection Law Firm of the Year - Japan IP Law Firm of the Year - Jordan E-Commerce & Technology Law Firm of the Year - Jordan IP Law Firm of the Year - Kenya

Intellectual Property Rights Specialist of the Year - Liechtenstein Know How Protection Specialist of the Year - Lithuania IP Law Firm of the Year - Lithuania

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Luxembourg MOLITOR Avocats a la Cour Thewes & Reuter

IP Practice of the Year - Luxembourg IP Law Firm of the Year - Luxembourg

Wikborg, Rein

IP Law Firm of the Year - Norway

Pakistan Bharucha & Co

IP Firm of the Year - Pakistan

Macedonia T-Home

IP Law Firm of the Year - Macedonia

Malaysia Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill Shook Lin & Bok

Paraguay Mersan Abogados

IP Law Firm of the Year - Paraguay

IP Portfolio Specialist of the Year - Malaysia IP Law Firm of the Year - Malaysia

Malta Mamo TCV Advocates

Peru Barreda Moller Mr. Juan Pedro van Hasselt

Best Peruvian IP Law Firm of the Year Trademark Defence Specialist of the Year - Peru

IP Law Firm of the Year - Malta

The Philippines ACCRA Law Offices Bucoy Poblador & Associates Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose

Mueggenburg, Gorches, Penalosa y Sepulveda Noriega & Escobedo R1OS ABOGADOS, S.C. Thomae Maloney, S.C.

E-Commerce & Technology Law Firm of the Year - Mexico Overall IP Law Firm of the Year -Mexico IP Protection Law Firm of the Year - Mexico Most Trusted IP Law Firm of the Year In-house IP Team of the Year - Mexico IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Mexico Client Focused IP Law Firm of the Year - Mexico Intellectual Property Enforcement Firm of the Year - Mexico Copyrights Law Firm of the Year - Mexico Leading IP Advisor of the Year - Mexico Utility Model Law Firm of the Year - Mexico IP Boutique of the Year - Mexico

Mongolia GN & CO. LTD.

Patent Ageny of the Year - Mongolia

Mexico Baker & McKenzie Baker & McKenzie Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa SC Basham Ringe y Correa DUMONT BERGMAN BIDER & CO., S.C. DUMONT BERGMAN BIDER & CO., S.C. Gallástegui y Lozano S.C. Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados

The Netherlands Banning Advocaten EP&C BV JPWaVe BV Los & Stigter Co V.O. Patents & Trademarks New Zealand A J Park Baldwins Lowndes Associates

Dutch Trademark Law Firm of the Year Pharmaceutical IP Law Firm of the Year - the Netherlands IP Commercialization Firm of the Year - the Netherlands IP Protection Office of the Year - the Netherlands Dutch Patent Law Firm of the Year

McCabe and Company Plant & Food Research Russell McVeagh Schuch & Company Simpson Grierson

IP Agreement Specialist of the Year - New Zealand Intellectual Property Firm of the Year - New Zealand Patent Portfolio Management Firm of the Year - New Zealand Boutique IP Law Firm of the Year - New Zealand IP Innovation Award 2014 - New Zealand Transactional IP Law Firm of the Year - New Zealand Strategic IP Law Firm of the Year - New Zeeland Patent Protection Law Firm of the Year - New Zealand

Nicaragua GUY JOSE BENDAÑA-GUERRERO & ASOCIADOS GUY JOSE BENDAÑA-GUERRERO & ASOCIADOS

IP Law Firm of the Year - Nicaragua Trademark Law Firm of the Year - Nicaragua

Nigeria Stillwaters Law Firm

IP Law Firm of the Year - Nigeria

Norway Acapo Advokatfirmaet Grette DA Advokatfirmaet Schjødt Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS Advokatfirmaet Wiersholm AS Advokatfirmaet Wiersholm AS Bryn Aarflot AS Bryn Aarflot AS Bryn Aarflot AS Bryn Aarflot AS Bryn Aarflot AS Bryn Aarflot AS Bryn Aarflot AS Bryn Aarflot AS Bryn Aarflot AS Comiskey Olsen Haavind Hamso Patentbyra ANS ONSAGERS AS Protector IP Consultants Schjødt

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Full-Service IPR-Firm of the Year - Norway IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Norway Data Protection Law Firm of the Year - Norway Copyright Law Firm of the Year - Norway Patent Law Firm of the Year - Norway Trademarks Law Firm of the Year - Norway IP Contract Negotiator of the Year - Norway Cross- Border IP Law Firm of the Year - Norway Trademark Prosecutors of the Year - Norway Pharmaceutical IP Law Firm of the Year - Norway Strategic Trademark Counsellor or the Year - Norway Patent Drafting Specialist of the Year - Norway IP Counterfeiting Specialist of the Year - Norway IP Due Diligence Firm of the Year - Norway Start-Up Business IP Advisory Firm of the Year - Norway IPR Protection Strategist of the Year - Norway Life Science IP Specialist of the Year - Norway Innovative IP Specialist of the Year - Norway Independent IP Consultants of the Year - Norway Material Technology IP Firm of the Year - Norway Trademark Surveillance Specialists of thaw Year - Norway Media & Entertainment IP Specialist of the Year - Norway

Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles Poland Baker & McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspolnicy Spolka Komandytowa Ego-PATENT K&L Gates Kondrat IP Law Portugal Abreu Advogados CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut Cuatrecasas Goncalves Pereira Gastão Cunha Ferreira Gastão Cunha Ferreira J. Pereira da Cruz Magalhães Associados PBBR- Pedro Pinto, Bessa Monteiro, Reis, Branco, Alexandre Jardim & Associados Raul César Ferreira (Herd.), S.A. RSA Advogados RSA Advogados Romania Andra Musatescu Law & Industrial Property Offices Andra Musatescu Law & Industrial Property Offices Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii SCHOENHERR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SRL Turcu & Turcu Law Office

Preimer Trademark Law Firm of the Year - the Philippines Patent Consultants of the Year - the Philippines Pharmaceutical Law Firm of the Year - the Philippines IP Law Firm of the Year - the Philippines Full Service IP Law Firm of the Year - the Philippines Trademarks Prosecution Practice of the Year - Poland Boutique Patent Lea Firm of the Year - Poland IP Law Firm of the Year - Poland Trademark Protection Strategy Specialist of the Year - Poland Trademarks Law Firm of the Year - Portugal Intellectual Property Administrative Litigation Law Firm of the Year -Portugal Data Protection Law Firm of the Year - Portugal Intellectual Property Right Specialist of the Year - Portugal Sustained Excellence in IP - Portugal Strategic Analysis IP Law Firm of the Year - Portugal IP Excellence Award2014- Portugal Information Technology Law Firm of the Year - Portugal Patents Agents of the Year - Portugal IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Portugal Copyrights Litigation Team of the Year - Portugal

Turcu & Turcu Law Office

Intellectual Property Firm of the year- Romania Patent Firm of the Year - Romania Full Service IP Law Firm of the Year - Romania Trade Mark Portfolio Specialist of the Year - Romania Trademark Protection Law Firm of the Year - Romania Geographical Indications IP Law Firm of the Year - Romania Industrial Models Specialist of the Year - Romania

Russia Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners INTELLECT-S Vakhnina and Partners

IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Russia IP Law Firm of the Year - Russia Trade Mark Law Firm of the Year -Russia

Serbia Graovac IP Law Office ZIVKO MIJATOVIC & PARTNERS, S.L. Singapore Alpha and Omega Law Corporation

IP Licensing Law Firm of the Year - Serbia Eastern European Full Service IP Law Firm of the Year

Lee & Lee

Intellectual Property Consultancy Firm of the Year - Singapore IP Law Firm of the Year - Singapore Anti-Piracy Strategy Specialist of the Year - Singapore Non-Contentious IP Advisory Firm of the Year - Singapore IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Singapore Intellectual Property Enforcement Practice of the Year - Singapore Patents Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - Singapore

Slovenia ITEM d.o.o. Patent & Trademark Agency ITEM d.o.o. Patent & Trademark Agency

IP Law Firm of the Year - Slovenia Patent Law Firm of the Year - Slovenia

Amica Law ATMD Bird & Bird ATMD Bird & Bird Drew & Napier Gateway Law & IP

South Africa Adams & Adams

Client Choice Award: IP Law Firm of the Year - South Africa


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Bredenkamp Attorneys ENSafrica ENSafrica ENSafrica Galgut & Galgut Spoor & Fisher Von Seidels Von Seidels South Korea Bae, Kim & Lee IP Group Hanol Law Offices Jeong, Kim & Lee IP Law Firm You Me Patent & Law Firm Spain Amat & Vidal-Quadras

Most Trusted Trademark Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - Singapore Transactional IP Practice of the Year - South Africa IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - South Africa IP Law Firm of the Year - South Africa Trade Mark Law Firm of the Year -South Africa Trade Mark Registration Law Firm of the Year - South Africa Electronic Patent Litigation Firm of the Year - South Africa Life Sciences Patent Litigation Firm of the Year - South Africa IP Group of the Year - South Korea IP Law Firm of the Year - South Korea IP Law Firm of the Year - South Korea Patent Law Firm of the Year - South Korea

Grau & Angulo HERRERO & ASOCIADOS Intermark Patentes y Marcas S.L.P. J. D. Núñez Patentes y Marcas, S.L. MARQUÉS & FERRER PADIMA Protectia Protectia Patentes y Marcas VILCHES Y ASOCIADOS ZBM Patents

Life Sciences Patent Litigation Law Firm of The Year - Spain Patent Law Firm of the Year - Spain Trademark Registration Practice of the Year - Spain IP Innovation Award - Spain IP Team of the Year - Spain Most Trusted Trademark Agent of the Year - Spain Patents Administration Defence Agency of the Year - Spain Sustained Excellence In IP - Spain Pharmaceutical IP Law Firm of the Year - Spain Unfair Competition Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Spain Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Spain Full Service IP Law Firm of the Year - Spain Boutique IP Consultancy of the Year - Spain IP Strategy Law Firm of the Year - Spain Brand Specialist of the Year - Spain Community Trademark Specialist of the Year - Spain Trademark Viability Study Advisor of the Year - Spain Trademark Registration Agency of the Year - Spain Utility Models Law Firm of the Year - Spain Lifetime Achievement Award - Spain

Sri Lanka Sudath Perera Associates

IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Sri Lanka

Amat & Vidal-Quadras Arpe Patentes y Marcas, S.L.P. Aurelio Fernández Fernández-Pacheco Bienvenidos a Mateu & Prades Clarke, Modet & Co. Curell Suñol S.L.P. Galbaian S.Coop Garrigues Grau & Angulo Grau & Angulo

Sudan Abdelazim Hassan & Associates Sweden Advokatfirman Delphi Advokatfirman Delphi Moll Wendén Advokatbyrå AB Valea AB Valea AB Switzerland Buehlmann Attorneys at Law

IP Law Firm of the Year - Sudan IP Law Firm of the Year - Sweden IP Competition Law Firm of the Year - Sweden IPR Team of the Year - Sweden IP Licensing Agreements Specialist of the Year -Sweden IP Full Service Law Firm of the Year - Sweden

Walder Wyss

Trademark Monitoring Law Firm of the Year - Switzerland Swiss IP Law Firm of the Year - Argentina Neighbouring Rights Law Firm of the Year - Switzerland IP Strategy Law firm of the Year - Switzerland Information Technology Law Firm of the Year - Switzerland Swiss IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year Swiss Patents Law Firm of the Year Intellectual Property Rights Specialist of the Year - Switzerland Swiss High Tech Law Firm of the Year Client Choice Award: Patent Law Firm of the Year - Switzerland Trademark Law Firm of the Year - Switzerland

Syria Oussi Law Firm

IP Law Firm of the Year - Syria

Taiwan Lee and Li Saint Island International Patent & Law Offices

IP Law Firm of the Year - Taiwan IP Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - Taiwan

Fuhrer Marbach Kasser Schlosser avocats Kellerhals Attorneys at Law Kronbichler & Tourette lexing switzerland P&TS Ltd Patentbro Paul Rosenich AG Suffert Neuenschwander & Partner Troller Hitz Troller & Partners

Thailand Dej-Udom & Associates Siam Premier International Law Office Ltd Tilleke & Gibbins

IP Creation Law Firm of the Year - Thailand Thai Patent registration Law Firm of the Year Thai IP Lawyer of the Year

Trinidad & Tobago JD Sellier & Co

IP Law Firm of the Year - Trinidad & Tobago

Tunisia Jurismed

IP Law Firm of the Year - Tunisia

Turkey Baspinar & Partners Baspinar & Partners Baspinar & Partners Halitligil & Ark Patent and Trademark Consultancy noyan law firm Orbis Vista IP & Law Group UIB

IP Contracts Law Firm of the Year - Turkey IP Applications Law Firm of the Year - Turkey Client Choice Award: IP Law Firm of the Year - Turkey Patent Consultancy of the Year -Turkey High Tech Law Firm of the Year - Turkey Intellectual Property Firm of the Year - Turkey Most Trusted IP Service Provider of the Year - Turkey

Uganda Magezi, Ibale & Advocates

IP Law Firm of the Year - Uganda

The UAE 30 Park Place Al Tamimi & Co. Brand Owners Protection Group (BPG) Brand Owners Protection Group (BPG) Paris Smith Rouse The Rights Lawyers

Sustained Excellence in IP - UAE IP Team of the Year - UAE Anti-counterfeiting Group of the Year - UAE Best NGO in the UAE Design Rights Law Firm of the Year - UK IP Law of the Year - UAE IPR Boutique of the Year - UAE

UK 13 Old Square Chambers 4 – 5 Gray’s Inn Square Adamson Jones Barker Brettell LLP Bryer, Shelley, John Amor, Greenwood Clarke Willmott CMS Cameron McKenna LLP Coller IP Management Ltd Coller IP Management Ltd Coller Ip Management Ltd Downing Intellectual Property LLP EIP Fasken Martineau LLP Fraserburgh Gill Jennings & Every LLP Greenwoods Solicitors LLP HGF Limited HGF Law LLP Hogan Lovells Huntley Spence Ian Harvey IP Consult Ltd. James Love Legal Kilburn & Strode Lawrie IP Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick MacRoberts LLP Marlow IP Recruitment Martin Kaye MW Trade Marks Novagraaf Olswang LLP Olswang LLP Olswang LLP Parker Bullen LLP Preiskel & Co LLP Reckitt Benckiser Corporate Services Ltd. Royd and Savage Trade Marks RPC Saunders & Dolleymore LLP Shoosmiths Simmons & Simmons LLP Slingsby Partners LLP Squire Sanders

IP Chambers of the Year - UK Intellectual Property Barrister of the Year - UK Physical Sciences & Engineering Patent Team of the Year Trademark Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - UK IP Acquisition Team of the Year - UK IP Protection Team of the Year - UK Technology Team of the Year - UK IP Commercialisation Firm of the Year - UK IP Brokerage of the Year - UK IP Valuation Law Firm of the Year - UK Patents Law Firm of the Year - UK Most Trusted Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year - UK Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year - UK IP Strategist of the Year- UK Brand Portfolio Specialist of the Year - UK IP Exploitation Law Firm of the Year - UK Patent Right Defence Specialist of the Year - UK IP Infringement Law Firm of the Year - UK Life Sciences IP Law Firm of the Year IP Recruitment Consultancy of the Year - UK IP Management Consultancy of the Year - UK Most Trusted IP Commercialisation Firm of the Year - UK IP Law Firm of the Year - North East Patent Opposition Law Firm of the Year - UK Invention Protection Law Firm of the Year - UK Transnational IP Law Firm of the Year - UK Brand Protection Team of the Year - UK Overall IP Recruitment Firm of the Year Client Choice Award: IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - UK IP Law Firm of the Year - UK Client Choice Award: Strategic IP Specialist of the Year - UK Most Trusted IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - UK Luxury Goods Brands Law Firm of the Year - UK Non-Contentious IP Law Firm of the Year - UK IP Team of the Year - South East Client Choice Award: IP Exploitation Law Firm of the Year - UK In House Trademark Specialist of the Year - UK Contentious IP Law Firm of the Year - UK One to Watch: IP Team of the Year - UK Outstanding Achievement Award: IP Practice of the Year - UK Copyright Rights Dispute Team of the Year - UK Outstanding Achievement Award: Patent Litigation Law Form of the Year - UK IP Preparation Team of the Year - UK Leading IP Litigator of the Year - UK

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Squire Sanders Steer & Co Stobbs IP Swindell & Pearson Ltd Taylor Wessing Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP Wilson Gunn Withers & Rogers LLP Ukraine Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Ukraina

Outstanding Achievement Award: Trademark Law Firm of the Year - UK Database Rights Practice of the Year -UK Domain Name Creation Specialist of the Year - UK Passing Off Team of the Year - UK Most Trusted Copyright Practice of the Year - UK Petroleum Trademark Specialist of the Year - UK Retail Brand Portfolio Management Team of the Year- UK Patents Firm of the Year - UK Biotech Patent Prosecution Specialist of the Year

IP Consult Patent Bureau Pakharenko & Partners

IP Licencing Law Firm of the Year - Ukraine CIS IP/ TMT Practice of the Year IP Law Firm of the Year - Ukraine Patent Law Firm of the Year - Ukraine E-Commerce & Technology Law firm of the Year - Ukraine Copyright Law Firm of the Year - Ukraine IP System of the Year - Ukraine

Uruguay BACOT & BACOT

IP Law Firm of the Year - Uruguay

GRISCHENKO & PARTNERS Law and patent offices IP Consult Patent Bureau

USA A + Legal Services Alleman Hall McCoy Russell & Tuttle llp Alston & Bird Andrews Kurth LLP Andrus Intellectual Property Law, LLP Arent Fox Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider Baker & McKenzie LLP Brooks Kushman Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada Chapin Intellectual Property Law Clark & Elbing LLP Covington & Burling LLP Dickstein Shapiro LLP Dreitler True LLC Faegre Baker Daniels Fiala & Weaver PLLC Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Fish & Richardson P.C. Fish & Richardson PC Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC Gibney Anthony & Flaherty Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Goodwin Procter Greenberg Traurig Haynes and Boone Holland & Hart Irell & Manella JACOBSON HOLMAN PLLC Kenyon & Kenyon Kenyon & Kenyon Kessler International Kessler International Kirkland & Ellis Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP Ladas & Parry Ladas & Parry Lee & Hayes pllc Lempia Summerfield Katz LLC Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik Leydig Voit & Mayer LOEB & LOEB LLP Malloy & Malloy, P.A. Marger Johnson & McCollom PC Maschoff Brennan McAndrews Held Malloy Ltd

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Boutique IP Law Firm of the Year -Washington D.C. IP Law Firm of the Year - Oregon Patent Infringement Law Firm of the Year - Washington D.C Large IP Law Firm of the Year - Washington D.C. Wisconsin IP Law Firm of the Year Entertainment Law Firm of the Year - USA IP Strategy Law Firm of the Year - USA Trademark Protection Law Firm of the Year - USA Foreign Patent Prosecution Law Firm the Year - USA Chemical IP Law Firm of the Year - USA IP Law Firm of the Year - Texas Mid-sized IP Law Firm of the Year - USA Science IP Law Firm of the Year - USA Post-Issuance Proceedings Law Firm of the Year - USA Computer Science IP Law Firm of the Year - USA Trademark Registration Law Firm of the Year - USA T-CAM Law Firm of the Year - USA IP Strategy Law Firm of the Year - Washington D.C. Unfair Competition Litigation Law Firm of the Year - USA Large IP Practice of the Year - USA IP Licensing Law Firm of the Year - USA Trademarks Law Firm of the Year - New York IP Law Firm of the Year - New York Life Sciences Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year Financial Services Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year - USA IP Law Firm of the Year - New Jersey Chemical Arts IP Law Firm of the Year - Texas IP Policing Law Firm of the Year - USA Copyrights Litigation Law Firm of the Year - USA Plant Patents Specialist of the Year - USA IPR Licensing Law Firm of the Year - New York Unfair Competition Law Firm of the Year - New York Intellectual Property Protection Specialist of the Year - USA Domain Acquisitions Consultants of the Year - USA Patent Law Firm of the Year - Illinois Domestic Trademark Law Firm of Year - USA IP Licensing Law Firm of the Year - Washington DC Biotechnology IP Law Firm of the Year - USA IP Prosecution Law Firm of the Year – Washington DC IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year – California IP Disputes Law Firm of the Year – USA IP Rights Maintenance Law Firm of the Year - New York Chemical Patent Law Firm of the Year - USA Intellectual Property Portfolio Development Firm of the Year - USA Patent Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - Illinois Patent Procurement Team of the Year - USA Business Method IP Law Firm of the Year - USA Entertainment Litigation Law Firm of the Year - USA Internet IP Law Firm of the Year - USA Electronic IP Infringement Litigation Law Firm of the Year - USA Semiconductor IP Law Firm of the Year - USA Patent Portfolio Specialist of the Year - USA

McAndrews Held Malloy Ltd McAndrews Held Malloy Ltd McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC Merchant & Gould PC Morris James LLP Morris Manning & Martin

IP Advisor of the Year -Stryker vs. Zimmer IP Practice of the Year - USA Biotechnology IP Strategy Law Firm of the Year - USA Pre-Initiation Evaluation IP Law Firm of the Year - USA Pharmaceutical Law Firm of the Year - USA IP Acquisition Law Firm of the Year - USA

Morrison & Foerster

Vedder Price Venable, LLP Vierra Magen Marcus LLP Workman Nydegger Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton

Cross Border Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year- USA Trade Secrets Litigation Law Firm of the Year - USA Trade Secrets Litigation Law Firm of the Year - California Mechanical IP Law Firm of the Year - USA Chemical Patent Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - USA Intellectual Property litigation Law Firm of the Year - Illinois IP Litigation Team of the Year - Georgia Transactional IP Consultant of the Year- USA Strategic Intellectual Property Counselling Practice of the Year - USA Trademark Law Firm of the Year - USA Patents Lawyer of the Year - USA IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year -Delaware TMT IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - USA Unfair Competition Law Firm of the Year - Arkansas Electrical Patent Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - USA Software Patent Prosecution Law Firm of the Year - USA Trademarks Law Firm of the Year - California IP Transactions Team of the Year - California IP Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year - New York Patent Procurement Law Firm of the Year - USA Overall IP Law Firm of the Year - USA Pharmaceutical IP Law Firm of the Year - New York Trade Secrets Law Firm of the Year - Utah In-house IP Team of the Year - USA Medical Apparatus IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - USA Patent Application Specialist of the Year - USA IP Transactions Team of the Year- USA Boutique IP Law Firm of the Year - California Industrials IP Law Firm of the Year - USA Biotechnology IP Law Firm of the Year - North Carolina

Venezuela Hoet Peláez Castillo & Duque

IP Law Firm of the Year - Venezuela

Vietnam Rouse & Co. International

IP Law Firm of the Year - Vietnam

Yemen Brands Care

IP Services Provider of the Year - Yemen

Nixon Peabody LLP O’Melveny & Myers Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt LLP Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. Patrick Mirandah Co Paul Hastings Pegasus Intellectual Capital Solutions Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Pirkey Barber PLLC Pollack, PC Potter Anderson & Corroon Ropes & Gray LLP Rose Law Firm Seager Tufte & Wickhem LLC Seed Intellectual Property Law Group Seyfarth Shaw Sideman & Bancroft Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom Steptoe & Johnson Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt TraskBritt PC turner Vedder Price


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