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Glas Geert
Geert Glas

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Benard Laetitia
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Szczepanowska-Kozlowska Krystyna
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Jim Ford



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03 June 2016

The IAM Patent 1000 rankings have been released for 2016 and Allen & Overy’s growing IP practice has extremely well with ‘Gold’ or ‘Silver’ tier rankings in six jurisdictions and 14 individual lawyer rankings (including our new UK hire, Marjan Noor, announced on 2nd June 2016).  Allen & Overy was also one of few firms to be ranked in the ‘International’ category. 

Benjamin Bai and the China practice secured a promotion into the prestigious ‘Gold’ tier for foreign firms in China which is great recognition of the fantastic work he and his team are doing.  Benjamin was also ranked in the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists which identifies 300 individuals who are leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximise the value of IP portfolios. This is the first year that individuals in private practice have been eligible for inclusion. David Por has also been promoted into the ‘Silver’ tier for litigation in France.

For the full write up and lawyer rankings, please see below and also online at:

If you would like further information about our international IP practice, please feel free to contact any of the individuals listed or your usual  Allen & Overy contact.

International – Recommended

Allen & Overy is home to over 100 specialist IP practitioners, spanning key jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China and the United States. While UK lead Nicola Dagg, Paris IP head Laëtitia Bénard and Munich resident Joachim Feldges all litigate patent infringement cases at the highest level, the firm continues to beef up its roster; it hit the back of the net with the hire of Warsaw-based Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozlowska from DLA Piper in Summer 2015. 

Firm: litigation and transactions – Silver

With the ability to assemble a dream team of seasoned practitioners for every brief going, full-service powerhouse Allen & Overy prides itself on its cross-border patent litigation and transactional prowess. “Longstanding and excellent all-rounder” Geert Glas chairs the firm’s prestigious global IP group. His aptitude in the patent space was recently acknowledged by the minister of the economy, who promoted him to the Belgian Council for Intellectual Property. IT and life sciences sage Glas is an adroit litigator with experience in a number of precedent-setting European court cases; he is also a skilled arbitrator, with World Intellectual Property Organisation and International Chamber of Commerce accreditations.

Individual: litigation and transactions

  • Geert Glas – Silver

Foreign – Gold tier
(PROMOTION from Silver tier in 2015!)

Promoted to the gold tier this year, “game-changing” Allen & Overy continues to shine on China’s vibrant patent litigation and transactional scenes. A key player in several big-ticket infringement suits, it has had a hand in numerous precedent-setting cases; last year it saw action in the first parallel China-US trade secret enforcement dispute, resulting in a jail term for the offending party. A star-studded client roster spanning multiple industries speaks to the group’s prestige. “One of the country’s absolute best”, Benjamin Bai is a master swordsman in the fiercest patent infringement battles. North American peers praise him as “extremely sharp and good at getting straight to the point. He chooses his words carefully for both the judge and clients and is a big-picture thinker”. A chemist by training, he also dispenses commercially astute transactional advice.

Individual: transactions

  • Benjamin Bai – Recommended

Individual: litigation

  • Benjamin Bai – Recommended

Firms: transactions – Recommended
Firms: litigation – Gold tier

“Extremely strong in life sciences”, Allen & Overy is “highly regarded for patent work” in France; the firm boasts one of the largest IP teams in the country, with three partners, a senior counsel and 12 associates on hand. This blend of experience and enthusiasm is prized by marquee clients such as Google, which it is representing in an infringement lawsuit over apps available on its popular Google Play platform; and Novartis, which it has been helping to prevent the unlawful market entry of generic versions of blockbuster drugs. Involved in both matters, Laëtitia Bénard “undoubtedly stands out. She is fantastic – very hardworking”. She has a nuanced grasp of the interplay between pharmaceutical regulatory issues and IP law. Colleague David Por paired up with her on the Google case and also assisted Samsung on the French limb of its global smartphone wars with Apple. A lodestar for the patent community, Pierre Lenoir has seen almost everything there is to see in this space; he is now a representative of the dean of the Bar for IP matters.

Luminary (the only person ranked in this category for France)

  • Pierre Lenoir

Individual: litigation

  • Laëtitia Bénard – Gold
  • David Por – Silver (PROMOTION from Bronze tier in 2015!)

Firms: transactions – Recommended
Firms: infringement – Silver

From Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Munich, Allen & Overy’s innovative patent team effortlessly handles instructions for some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical and digital players. The firm’s extensive international network – it has more than 2,500 lawyers operating out of 44 offices in 31 countries – makes it ideally placed to guide them through the toughest cross-border tussles. Recent highlights include representing Pfizer in pan-European litigation pertaining to the enforcement of a second medical-use patent for its blockbuster Lyrica drug. Involved in this matter, Joachim Feldges is a “truly strong litigator and a great guy”. Co-editor of popular IP commentary Prozesskommentar zum Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz, Philipp Cepl is renowned for his scholarly style and theoretical acumen; he also played an integral part in the Pfizer brief. Jens Matthes is a transactional titan with notable ancillary expertise in competition law, licensing and R&D.

Individual: transactions

  • Jens Matthes – Recommended

Individual: infringement

  • Joachim Feldges – Gold
  • Philipp Cepl – Bronze

Poland (new entry!)
Firms: litigation and transactions - Silver

Companies embroiled in the most complex patent disputes and transactions regularly turn to legal behemoth Allen & Overy, which also carries out patent portfolio and freedom-to-operate reviews in the fastest-moving areas of technology. The set smashed it out of the park with the shrewd hire of innovative pharmaceuticals buff Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska and her team in late 2015. A superstar litigator, she is “the leading authority” on patents in the country. Having tackled a broad range of IP and business disputes – including briefs on financial operations and unfair competition – she has a holistic understanding of how best to navigate the thorniest cases. Lately, she turned her hand to a potentially precedential dispute involving supplementary protection certificates, while also playing a key role for a major drug company in Poland’s first-known case regarding dosage regime patents.

Individual: litigation

  • Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska – Gold

Firms transactions – Recommended
Firms: litigation - Silver tier

“Allen & Overy is straightforward to deal with and doing a great job for its clients. Working under remarkable circumstances, it has managed to obtain types of relief that had never even been heard of. This is the result of real creativity and diligence – a clever bunch of people working very hard.” Clients hail from a striking array of sectors, although the pharmaceuticals and corporate worlds are particularly happy hunting grounds. It recently assisted the Warner-Lambert Company in a seismic second medical use case, in which the High Court of Justice ordered the National Health Service to issue doctors with guidelines to prescribe Lyrica by name when treating neuropathic pain. It is also advising Regeneron on its complex European patent strategy; the company is responsible for VelocImmune – the result of the biggest mammalian genetic engineering project ever completed. The “excellent” Nicola Dagg has built a “very strong practice with some incredible individuals”. She is the head of IP litigation in London and leads the life sciences team. Neville Cordell “has faultless common sense and adds a lot of value. Clients really trust him”. Transactional sage Jim Ford leads the commercial IP limb of the practice; he represented TE Connectivity on the $3 billion sale of the international aspects of its broadband network solutions division to CommScope.

Marjan Noor is a “fantastic team leader. She understands the interplay between patent litigation and regulatory law in the life sciences sector – having both skill sets makes her stand out above a lot of other practitioners.”

Individual: transactions

  • Jim Ford – Recommended

Individual: litigation

  • Nicola Dagg – Gold
  • Neville Cordell – Silver
  • Marjan Noor – Silver