IAM Patent 1000

June 2018

The IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2018 guide has now been published. IAM's market-leading guide covers all the world's major patent jurisdictions. The guide analyses and details the firms and individuals identified as leaders of the pack.

HGF has 10 attorneys published within the Patent 1000. HGF are also listed as Recommended firm within the guide. This achievement comes on the back of a successful year for the firm with new office openings in Ireland and Nottingham, giving the firm a total of 16 offices across Europe, ensuring we are well positioned for the opportunities in post Brexit Britain. 

The 10 attorneys published in the guide are: 

United Kingdom

The guide stated “Clients love the fact that it is well disciplined and has strength in depth across the whole biopharmaceutical industry. Its lawyers are far more than legal service providers – they’re invaluable strategic partners. With them you’re essentially getting the sort of response you would expect from an in-house patent department in a cost-effective manner. The additional services they offer, for example running IP workshops and patent clinics, are very well run and always useful.” The Sheffield-based Harry Hutchinson is in the pilot’s seat. Having developed a profound understanding of the patentability of computer software while at IBM, he is a true rainmaker in the electronics industry. Based in Leeds, Jonathan Atkinson is also much loved. “He’s really professional, responsive, open to discussion and patient, whether dealing with academic researchers new to patenting or working in a more collaborative way with those more experienced. The services he provides on a day-to-day basis include identifying new opportunities, drafting applications and prosecuting patents, all of which are done to an excellent standard.” Over in London, Matthew Cassie and Matthew Dixon assemble airtight portfolios brick by brick. They are all about quality, rather than quantity; what matters to them is getting patents that will stand the test of time. Manchester-based Andrew Wells is a pharmaceutical sage who gets a kick out of working on patents for new chemical entities, salts and formulations. Chris Moore leads the firm’s dedicated opposition and appeals practice with a steady hand from the Birmingham office. Commercialisation opportunities are snatched up with flair and finesse by Janet Knowles. “She’s an extremely talented practitioner who understands how to effectively assist universities. She builds positive relationships with clients and their advisers in no time at all, responding in a timely manner and keeping them constantly updated on progress. She really takes the trouble to fully understand the context of briefs.” For litigation, Rachel Fetches is the woman to go to. Her weighty workload includes substantial matters such as representing Accord Healthcare against Research Technologies, a complex case that has involved expert testimony from US federal law and Texas state law experts..”


The guide stated “In the decade since HGF burst onto Scotland’s IP scene, it has become a prime address for patent prosecution. With a plenitude of engineering, electronics, chemistry and life sciences attorneys spread across three offices – Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow – it has the technical expertise to cater for everyone. Managing partner Gary Wilson leads by example. “He’s extremely prompt and responsive and understands how things are organised in business, which helps to ensure that communication among stakeholders is smooth. Really conscientious, he makes sure to get a deep understanding of his clients’ technological areas, too, and communicates at a personal level with simple, straightforward language.” A recent highlight is providing global patentability analysis and prosecution support to Scottish Enterprise, a body set up by the government to stimulate economic growth. 2017 recruit Andrew McGettrick has settled effortlessly into the firm’s customer-oriented culture. His exquisite drafting skills make all the difference to rights holders struggling to find elbow room in extremely competitive markets.”.

IAM Strategy 300 - The World's Leading IP Strategists

Matt Dixon is also listed in IAM Strategy 300. The annual listing highlights individuals who IAM's research team has revealed lead the way in the development and implementation of world-class IP value creation programmes.

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