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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 (WTR) – 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

Harmsen Utescher

Founded in 1895, Harmsen Utescher is one of Germany’s most experienced and renowned IP boutiques. The firm has one of the largest trademark prosecution departments in Germany, representing some of the most recognised national and international trademark owners. However, the firm is equally known and respected for its high-quality consulting and litigation services.Harmsen Utescher has 19 attorneys at law and one patent attorney, and can thus represent its clients not only before the German Patent and Trademark Office, the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the European Patent Office, but also before the German courts, including the Federal Patent ... View full profile »

Featured lawyer

MN Aydin Deris

MN Aydin Deris

Shareholder - Deris Attorneys At Law Partnership

Mehmet Nazım Aydın Deris graduated with first class honours from the Faculty of Law at the University of Geneva in June 1968. He is fluent in French, English, Italian and German and has a spoken command of Greek.Since July 1971, Mr Deris has been shareholder and manager of the firm Deris Patents & Trademarks Agency AS, which provides the full range of services (searches, registrations, renewals, oppositions) for securing, maintaining and defending IP and industrial property rights, such as patents, utility models, trademarks and service marks, designs, geographical indications, domain names, plant varieties, semi conductor topographies and copyright. Mr Deris is also a senior ... View full biography »

Featured country



Italy has a strong tradition of IP protection, inspired by its creative industries, and as a result the trademark sector has been less affected by ongoing economic travails than other legal disciplines. The health of the market is reflected in the large number of boutiques that have sprung up recently, which this may also reflect a growing frustration with the polarised choice between global corporate behemoths and old-school academic firms.  As opposition proceedings before the Italian Trademark Office are still relatively new, domestic firms are still finding their feet in this area and competitors with European networks have been leveraging their prior experience to ... View full rankings »