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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

Kuhnen & Wacker Intellectual Property Law Firm

Kuhnen & Wacker is a full-service IP law firm which was established more than 35 years ago in Freising. The firm represents small and medium-sized enterprises as well as major corporate and global technical innovators. Kuhnen & Wacker has a fine blend of senior attorneys with sophisticated experience and younger, proactive attorneys who can draw on the experience of their more senior colleagues and complete various interdisciplinary teams. The K&W philosophy Continuity, quality and strategy have been the three pillars and principles of this nationally and internationally regarded IP firm since 1976. Based on these principles, Kuhnen & Wacker offers high-quality, proactive ... View full profile »

Featured lawyer

Saúl Santoyo

Saúl Santoyo

Partner - Uhthoff Gómez Vega & Uhthoff SC

Saúl Santoyo Orozco is the partner in charge of the litigation department. His main practice focuses on IP litigation and enforcement, anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting issues, domain name disputes and counselling. His experience comprises complex patent and trademark litigation, including legal action to correct the life term of pipeline patents for the inclusion of use and formulation of pharmaceutical patents in the Linkage Gazette, periodically published by the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI). He also designs and implements anti-counterfeit programmes. With over 20 years of experience in IP law, Mr Santoyo has been involved in handling enforcement actions ... View full biography »

Featured country



The German trademark scene powers on full steam ahead, with an uptick in both litigation and filings. As a result, the market remains as diverse and competitive as ever. As elsewhere, the hot-button issue of the moment is the Internet, with new questions arising in relation to retail platform activity and national and international domain name issues. Companies are thus seeking robust brand protection in this area and firms with the necessary expertise to meet this demand are flourishing. Meanwhile, three-dimensional trademarks have become increasingly difficult to obtain and enforce – as evidenced in the recent Lindt decision – and attorneys are advising clients to ... View full rankings »