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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

Jones Day

Our award-winning trademark, copyright and unfair competition practice is known for its ‘one firm worldwide’ expertise with global brands. Among the marks that we protect and enforce are BMW, Mini, Rolls- Royce, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, UGG, Chloé, Cartier, Mont Blanc, Dell, Heinz, Wendy’s, Smucker, Sunkist, Pernod Ricard, The North Face and Victoria’s Secret.While some firms offer either trademark counselling experts or general litigators to handle their contentious matters, Jones Day offers both in the same individuals: specialists in the underlying trademark law who are not just litigators, but battle-tested from their experience in ... View full profile »

Featured lawyer

Luiz Blanc

Luiz Blanc

Partner - Gilat, Bareket & Co, Reinhold Cohn Group

Advocate Luiz Blanc is a partner at Gilat, Bareket & Co, of Reinhold Cohn Group. Mr Blanc joined the firm in 2000. He counsels and represents internationally and locally renowned clients across a broad range of industries. He specialises in IP litigation, opposition and cancellation actions, enforcement, prosecution and transactions. Mr Blanc is involved in complex IP litigations at both the administrative and judicial levels, with a focus on trademarks, commercial wrongs, unfair competition, industrial models, copyright and cybersquatting. In addition, Mr Blanc has vast experience in managing global strategy, including multi-country IP litigation, enforcement, licensing, ... View full biography »

Featured country

Taiwan

Taiwan

The Taiwan trademark market continues to enjoy healthy growth, with applications flowing in from China, Japan, Europe and the United States. As domestic heavyweights such as HTC, Acer and Asus transition from original manufacturers to export-focused brand-name enterprises, they are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their branding and trademark strategies. The IP laws are kept closely aligned with international standards; the Trademark Act was most recently revised in July 2012. Key changes include the availability of priority rights based on exhibition and greater recognition of non-traditional marks, such as motion marks and holograms. Protection against trademark ... View full rankings »