T&K Ranked as Top Patent Firm for Third Consecutive Year

Dallas – The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is proud to announce its inclusion by Intellectual Asset Management (“IAM”) magazine in the 2014 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 stated that Thompson & Knight’s “strong contentious practice is an ace up the sleeve” and “bet-the-company suits are the order of the day.” The Firm is recognized for supporting “a dynamic and diverse patent and technology transactions capability.” The directory calls the Firm’s IP lawyers an “accomplished and efficient squad of patent litigators” and adds that “lateral hires have given the licensing squad added punch on lucrative deals.”

Thompson & Knight Partner and Intellectual Property Practice Group Co-Chair Bruce S. Sostek, highlighted by the directory as “a banner in the Texas IP community,” is described by sources as “affable but steely” and said to keep “things civil with opposing counsel while being assertive on behalf of his clients.” Sources continue, “he is great at thinking on his feet in court and juries really warm to him.”

Jane Politz Brandt, Partner and Practice Group Co-Chair, is recognized as “extremely responsive” and “lauded for her ‘exceptional client communications skills.’” Sources state, “she has achieved a number of notable wins offensively and defensively, and has a particular aptitude for appellate work.”

Partner Max Ciccarelli is praised as “incredibly bright” and “able to distill the complex ins and outs of patent claims for his client and for the court.” Sources continue that “somewhat uniquely, he always looks for a creative way to get [his clients] out of cases as early as possible; there are plenty of lawyers who have the chops for patent litigation (as he does), but far fewer who are willing to understand and continue to consider their client’s business goals and needs.” Sources conclude, “he strives to lessen the demands and burdens on the key witnesses and stakeholders, which is critical to the continued smooth function of [his clients’] business.” 

The directory features former aeronautical engineer and current Partner at the Firm, Richard L. Wynne, Jr., calling him “great for the most scientifically complex briefs.” Partner Stephen E. Stein is also showcased as “a prominent member of the Licensing Executives Society” who has “an extensive bank of in-house experience to draw on, which explains his thoroughly commercial outlook.”

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 that are deemed outstanding in this pivotal area of practice. Over five months, IAM conducted in excess of 1,500 telephone interviews with numerous in-house counsel, attorneys at law, and patent attorneys to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the field. Only those individuals identified by market sources for their exceptional skill sets and profound insights into patent matters are featured in the IAM Patent 1000. For the online version of the Firm’s listing in IAM Patent 1000, please click here.