Bennett Jones once again ranked highly in the sixth edition of IAM Patent 1000—The World’s Leading Patent Professionals—a unique guide that identifies the top patent professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. The IAM Patent 1000 shines a spotlight on the firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in this pivotal area of practice.
As a firm, Bennett Jones was:
- Recognized as a leading firm in Litigation & Transactions, IAM Patent 1000 2017, Silver
- Recognized as a leading firm in Prosecution, IAM Patent 1000 2017, Silver
Bennett Jones lawyers were ranked as follows:
- Martin Kratz: Highly recommended under transactions
- Irene Bridger: Recommended under prosecution
- Stephen Burns: Recommended under transactions
- Roseann Caldwell: Recommended under prosecution
- Trent Horne: Recognized in litigation, Silver
- Dominique Hussey: Recognized in litigation, Silver
- Barbara Murchie: Recognized in litigation, Bronze
- Michael Whitt: Recommended under transactions
- Edward Yoo: Recommended under prosecution
In the IAM Patent 1000's editorial on Bennett Jones, the firm is celebrated as “a trusted partner, which values long-term business relationships over short-term gains”.
Bennett Jones' ranked lawyers in IAM Patent 1000 are described as well:
Martin Kratz, has “a tremendous depth of knowledge in IP valuation, licensing and royalty structuring matters. Kratz is a sharp analyst, identifying potential problems well in advance and proposing solutions.”
Stephen Burns and Michael Whitt are lauded on IP monetisation and their specialist knowledge of IT and related laws.
Obtaining unassailable patents in both Canada and the United States are microbiology buff Irene Bridger and Edward Yoo, who works with mechanical, chemical and computer-related inventions.
Past president of the Canadian IP Council Roseann Caldwell is an expert in the oil and gas sector; she “approaches prosecution mandates from a business perspective, helping clients to understand the true economic benefit of each application, while proposing various techniques to reduce filing costs and preparation time. You never have to worry about things falling through the cracks with her either”.
For innovators embroiled in disputes, Dominique Hussey is one of Bennett Jones’s stellar litigators: “You cannot say too many good things about her. She is smart, practical and has very high emotional intelligence. Dominique has the ability to weigh commercial implications before proposing a course of action; she does not get bogged down in narrowly legal considerations and maintains a broad perspective even in the heat of litigation. This is a crucial – but by no means universal – quality in an external counsel.”
Trent Horne is “a great up-and-comer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of jurisprudence in Canada. The nimble, creative and lateral thinker is also a clear communicator, able to explain the most complex of issues effortlessly. Horne takes the time to understand a business and goes beyond formal legal opinion; he is a thoughtful and penetrating adviser".
Versatile professional Barbara Murchie has been resolving disputes for three decades and is another lynchpin of the team.
The IAM Patent 1000 has been compiled following an extensive research process. Over five months, IAM conducted in the region of 1,800 interviews with numerous attorneys at law, patent attorneys and in-house counsel to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the field. Only those individuals identified by market sources for their exceptional skill sets and profound insights into patent matters feature in the IAM Patent 1000.
About Bennett JonesBennett Jones is one of Canada's premier business law firms and home to over 380 lawyers and business advisors in nine offices. With exceptional experience in complex cross-border and international transactions, the firm is well equipped to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities around the world.
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