T&K Ranked Among Top Patent Firms for Sixth Year

Dallas – The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is proud to announce its inclusion by Intellectual Asset Management (“IAM”) magazine in the 2018 IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. The Firm is ranked among the top firms in Texas for delivering top-quality patent services in the litigation and transaction categories.

IAM Patent 1000 says Thompson & Knight is “stable in its line-up and consistently effective in its representation.” The directory commends the Firm for being “trusted by technological innovators when the chips are down.” Thompson & Knight’s patent litigation practice is described as “extremely seasoned” with a “finely calibrated compass to navigate parties to successful closes both in and out of the courtroom.” According to the directory, the Firm is “steeped in prosecution and licensing” and “can do it all for patent owners.”

Thompson & Knight’s IP Practice Group Leader, Max Ciccarelli, is described as “highly proficient in US IP disputes with international ramifications or parallel proceedings in foreign jurisdictions.” He is noted for being “tactically creative and acutely sensitive to the business needs of his clients” and applauded for cultivating “a collaborative ethos in the group, so the lawyers all support each other.”  Mr. Ciccarelli “regularly litigates complex multi-patent suits in tandem, for example with [Thompson & Knight Partner and American College of Trial Lawyers fellow] Bruce S. Sostek.” The directory notes that Mr. Sostek’s “arguments in court always cut the mustard.”

Thompson & Knight attorneys Jane Politz Brandt, Herbert J. Hammond, and Richard L. Wynne, Jr. are also mentioned for their representation, along with Mr. Ciccarelli and Mr. Sostek, of a global semiconductor leader in a dispute with a Japanese conglomerate. The directory praises Mr. Wynne, saying that he “tackles all manner of IP and commercial cases with verve and is extremely versatile.”

Mr. Hammond is recognized for bringing “rich arbitration and mediation expertise to the practice” and is applauded for “put[ting] up staunch defenses as well as launching stinging attacks.”  Called a “veteran litigator” in the directory, Ms. Brandt is praised for “deliver[ing] reliably impressive performances, whether behind the scenes or on the frontlines, and showcas[ing] a deft touch on appellate matters.” Partner Stephen E. Stein is called a “transactions guru…who has been cutting deals the artisanal way for nearly three decades.”

IAM Patent 1000 is a unique guide that identifies the top patent practitioners in key jurisdictions around the globe, shining a spotlight on firms and individuals who are deemed outstanding in this pivotal area of practice. IAM conducted 1,800 interviews with numerous in-house counsel, attorneys at law, and patent attorneys to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the field. For the online version of the Firm’s listing in IAM Patent 1000, please click here.