IAM 1000 2013
The IAM Patent 1000 2013 names 5 Harrison Goddard Foote attorneys. Intellectual Asset Magazine (IAM) today launched its annual Patent 1000. The guide lists best in class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners in 50 key jurisdictions.
Harrison Goddard Foote (HGF) is delighted that 5 of its attorneys have been published within the guide:
- Matt Dixon - Partner & Head of engineering
- Harry Hutchinson – Partner & Head of electronics
- Janet Knowles – Partner & Solicitor in HGF Law
- Dr Andrew Wells - Partner & Head of pharmaceuticals
- Dr Gary Wilson – Partner & Head of chemistry
The guide stated Harrison Goddard Foote is among the most successful of the recent crop of attorney firms to break into the contentious market. “It is definitely a presence now across the board – it has a very interesting approach that is incredibly good value.” Running patent searches, drafting and filing services alongside HGF Law’s multi-jurisdictional litigation activities, it now provides a truly holistic offering. Growth has been driven predominately from within the United Kingdom, and new offices in Edinburgh and Birmingham have bolstered its national network, ensuring that all regions and industries are covered. At the forefront of the Scottish practice is Gary Wilson: his broad commission encompasses mandates from companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical and mechanical fields, to which he provides tailored filing strategies, freedom to operate opinions and assistance on licensing issues. The “efficient and responsive” Andrew Wells delights clients with his “great technical intelligence and ability to give particular and pointed thoughts on a range of matters – he goes well beyond the call of duty and has a very approachable nature”. Senior partner and head of the electronics team Harry Hutchinson has a background in wireless technologies and leads one of the most specialised electronics units in the country. Matthew Dixon has a mixed practice that covers both contentious and non-contentious issues, and has recently fought tricky opposition cases before the EPO. Janet Knowles recently joined the group from Eversheds’ Manchester office, adding further depth to the firm’s life sciences practice. Sources call her “commercially minded and highly proficient”.
The 2013 guide contains just 144 UK attorneys over 49 firms. This award comes on the back of an exceptional year for the firm with the arrival of Janet Knowles and Antony Gold from Eversheds, the acquisition of Grant Spencer and also moving to LLP status.
Full details of the IAM 1000 are found at http://www.iam-magazine.com/patent1000/