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Welcome to the online home of World Trademark Review 1000 2014

Now in its fourth year, World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals continues to expand both in its geographical coverage and in the detail of the research conducted.

We believe that this is essential as we continue our mission to provide a unique, comprehensive and user-friendly guide to the trademark legal services market.

 

 

Published by World Trademark Review – the world’s only independent multimedia publication dedicated exclusively to reporting on trademark issues – the WTR 1000 comprises in-depth jurisdiction-specific chapters which analyse the local market and identify the leading practitioners and firms in both the contentious and non-contentious spheres. The latter are presented in comprehensive listings, with separate tables of trademark attorneys included in specific jurisdictions (where appropriate, trademark agencies and barristers are also listed). The full methodology for the WTR 1000 research is outlined here. All of the individuals identified in this publication have been included because we received substantial positive feedback about them during our exhaustive qualification research process. In addition, when identifying the leading firms, factors such as depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically instructed were all taken into account.

Alongside the editorial, you will find profiles of some of the firms and individuals featured in the WTR 1000 listings. All those selected for listing in the WTR 1000 were offered the opportunity to publish a profile for a fee – some decided that they wished to do so, while others declined. It is important to stress that inclusion in the editorial is not linked to this – the research was conducted entirely independently of any commercial considerations.

In light of the guide’s continued expansion, for this latest edition we decided to reorganise the content to ensure that users can quickly access information on those regions and firms and individuals of greatest interest. Jurisdictions are now grouped by region: Asia-Pacific; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Latin and Central America; and United States and Canada. Individual attorney profiles appear alongside the relevant jurisdiction chapter, while firm profiles appear at the end of the regional section. A separate section features international firm profiles – that is, those with a presence spanning multiple regions – and we once again present a guide to the top trademark filers from across the globe.

The WTR 1000 is the only standalone directory to focus exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners, and our work does not stop here. If you have any feedback on this year’s findings or wish to participate in the research for the 2015 publication, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Trevor Little
Managing editor

Featured firm

Sigurjónsson & Thor ehf.

Sigurjónsson & Thor was established in 1950. The partners are Valborg Kjartansdóttir and Magnús Haukur Magnússon.Ms Kjartansdóttir graduated as a lawyer from the University of Iceland in June 1984. She joined Sigurjónsson & Thor in 1985 and became a partner in January 1989. She is a member of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the European Communities Trademark Association, MARQUES, the International Trademark Association and the Icelandic Bar Association, and an overseas member of the Institute of Trademark Attorneys ... View full profile »

Featured lawyer

Tingxi Huo

Tingxi Huo

Partner - Chofn Intellectual Property

Tingxi Huo, trademark attorney and partner, studied ancient civilisation in Northeastern Normal University in 1987, graduated from Henan University with a BA in 1989, studied Japanese trademark law in Tokyo in 2003 and studied law at the China University of Political Science and Law from 2004 until 2006. He worked as an English teacher and translator from 1989 until 1997, joined China Patent Agent (Hong Kong) Ltd in 1998 and passed the trademark attorney bar the same year. He joined Peksung IP as a partner in 2004 and joined Chofn as a managing partner in 2010. He has edited and translated the Classification of Similar Goods and Services for Registration of Marks in the People’s ... View full biography »

Featured country

Spain

Spain

The Spanish trademark world was thrown into disarray by the financial crisis and has not yet recovered. Domestic entities are still reluctant to invest in brand protection and are dealing with issues on an urgency basis to conserve resources. National applications have fallen significantly – with some parties citing figures of 20% to 30% – although Community trademark applications and related activity are on the rise. Spain’s commercial courts are overloaded due to the sheer volume of insolvency proceedings underway and out-of-court settlements are encouraged as a result. The new Mediation Act was recently passed and there is clear support for alternative dispute ... View full rankings »