It seems a bit early in the year to be giving awards for 2011, but the Google Legal Department has already been named the top legal department by Corporate Counsel, so why not take a look at the top intellectual property law firms in the United States?
Earlier this year Intellectual Property Today announced its annual Top Patent Law Firms for 2011. Just recently they also announced the Top Trademark Firms for 2011. The Top Patent Law Firms were ranked according to the number of utility patents issued in 2010, and similarly the Top Trademark Law Firms were ranked according to the number of U.S. trademark registrations issued in 2010. In each case the firm received credit where the firm or a firm attorney was listed as the legal representative on the issued patent or trademark. So while the list is a 2011 list, it is probably more accurate to recognize that the IP Today rankings relate to events of 2010, but who wants to get a 2010 award this far into 2011?
Whether or not the number of patents and/or trademarks issued are indicative of a “top firm,” it is still interesting to see which firms are the top users of the Patent Office and the Trademark Office, respectively. I thought it might also be interesting to see which firms were mentioned on both lists. In fact, there were 11 law firms that appeared on both the Top Patent Law Firms List and on the Top Trademark Law Firms List.
To come up with this list I simply identified all 12 law firms on both lists and then added their rank from the two lists to come up with a composite score. They appear below in order of composite score.
- Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
- Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP
- Sughrue Mion, PLLC
- Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
- Fish & Richardson
- Foley & Lardner LLP
- Harness, Dickey & Pierce PLC
K&L Gates LLP
- Cantor Colburn LLP
- Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP
- Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
- Finnegan, Henderson
Congratulations to all the firms listed in the IP Today rankings.
Now the next question, what criteria would you use to determine the Top Intellectual Property Law Firms? Would you include the number of cases argued at the Federal Circuit? How many patent litigations and/or trademark litigations a firm is involved in? Would you consider any subjective criteria?
Let the debate begin.