In this inaugural survey, Intellectual Asset Management magazine (IAM) combined an in-depth review of key IP licensing issues around the world with research on leading patent and technology licensing lawyers in more than 20 major jurisdictions. Rankings are determined by telephone interviews with attorneys involved in patent and technology licensing.
Eight Kirkland & Ellis lawyers were named to IAM's list of the world's top 250 patent and technology licensing lawyers. Chicago partner Russell Levine was also named to the list of the "World's Leading IP Strategists."
Pierre André Dubois is the lead partner of Kirkland & Ellis' UK IP and competition group. He is known as a pragmatic deal maker and his cutting-edge licensing activities span the full range of technology-dependent industries.
United States: California
Stephen Johnson wins praise from clients who describe him as "an outstanding, focused and highly efficient operator in the transfer of technology." His practice takes in a wide spectrum of licensing concerns within the consumer electronics, telecommunications and biotech industries.
John Lynn is a corporate transactional lawyer whose practice encompasses licensing issues arising out of M&A, outsourcing and technology transfer.
Karen Spindler focuses on stand-alone licensing work within the life sciences industries and her experience extends to structuring development, supply and manufacturing agreements for pharmaceutical clients.
United States: Illinois
Gregg Kirchhoefer is a "standout in the market and a prolific dealmaker." He has a wide-ranging practice, with information technology, software, biotechnology, biogenetics, pharmaceutical and medical device agreements, technology transfer and research and development comprising the bulk of his licensing-related work.
Russell Levine brings "a great sense for clients' IP objectives" to the table and is "well known for the depth of his licensing expertise." He advises on licensing-in, licensing-out, the development and implementation of licensing programmes and licensing-related litigation.
Jeffery Norman is acclaimed for his "deep IP knowledge and bona fide licensing transactional and litigation skills," reflecting the broader strengths of the firm."
United States: New York
David MacDonald has "cutting-edge expertise on how patent law issues complicate licensing deals;" his recent work highlights are in the telecommunications industry. His patent knowhow is supplemented by an impressive profile in IT outsourcing on behalf of multinational financial services clients.