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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

Unitalen

Since its establishment in 1994, Unitalen has assumed its place as China’s preeminent full-service IP law firm. Our staff – comprising 600 attorneys, paralegals and law clerks – provides services to clients from our branch offices in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Jinjiang, Haikou, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Changsha, Baoding, Kunming, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Xi’an, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Changchun, Hefei and Dalian, centrally coordinated by our Beijing headquarters. With many years of practice in this field of law, Unitalen has blossomed into one of China’s largest IP law firms, offering the full suite of IP and other technology services, including procuring, licensing and enforcing IP rights ... View full profile »

Featured lawyer

Hui Huang

Hui Huang

Senior Partner - Wan Hui Da Law Firm & IP Agency

Huang Hui is the first doctor in trademark law in China and has been a senior partner of Wan Hui Da since 2002. He is a scholar, lawyer, trademark attorney, research fellow at the Intellectual Property Centre of the China Academy of Social Sciences and arbitrator at the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).  Before joining Wan Hui Da, Dr Huang served for 12 years at the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, where he gained a profound understanding of the lifecycle of trademark proceedings both in theory and in practice. He also studied international industrial property law and graduated from ... View full biography »

Featured country

Kenya

Kenya

As more and more companies look to Africa for strategic growth, and as intellectual property becomes increasingly important to the continent’s economic agenda, trademark activity in Kenya – a gateway to the East African market – has flourished. Key developments have been seen on the anti-counterfeiting side in recent years, with a number of government agencies – including the Anti-counterfeit Agency (ACA), the Kenya Revenue Authority and the Kenya Bureau of Standards – ramping up their efforts in the fight against fakes. There is still room for improvement; commentators note that the ACA lacks adequate capacity to carry out its mandate to the fullest. View full rankings »