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 2015 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 “mounts robust defenses of technology companies against incursions of NPEs, thanks to its intuitive grasp of what the parameters of a successful settlement might be and aptitude for getting clients out of controversies early, with minimal cost.” The Firm is called “no stranger to major competitor-versus-competitor campaigns” and recognized for having “spent some time in the limelight at the ITC recently – something which few native Texas outfits have done.” The directory continues, “without prejudice to the dogged pursuit of clients’ goals, the team takes a straight-shooting, down-to-earth approach that helps it to secure favorable results whatever the nature of the assignment.”

Thompson & Knight Partner and Intellectual Property Practice Group Co-Chair Bruce S. Sostek, highlighted by the directory, is described as someone who “operates with great integrity,” “a good, no-nonsense litigator,” and “at the top of his game.” Sources continue, “he often joins forces with Jane Politz Brandt, affording clients the advantage of a killer one-two punch.”

Jane Politz Brandt, Partner and Practice Group Co-Chair, is recognized as “extremely responsive” and “great on both offensive and defensive patents assignments.’”

Partner Max Ciccarelli is praised for “analyzing situations carefully to determine whether there is a creative way of resolving them quickly, and for the least amount of outside counsel spend.” Sources value that he “understands the intricacies of patent litigation, but can distill them to ensure that laymen understand the law and the sometimes tedious and complicated aspects of patent practice.” 

Partner Herbert J. Hammond is featured with the directory saying “the Texas IP scene owes him a great deal; he has long shown his commitment to the advancement of industry practice through his thought leadership.” Sources continue, “though chiefly litigation focused, he is something of an all-rounder.”

Partner Richard L. Wynne, Jr. is recognized for “advising on a legal aspects of commercial drone use.” Sources also say Wynne is known for “blending licensing and litigation know-how” on the patent side.

Partner Stephen E. Stein is showcased as “the set’s cardinal transactional ace” with outsourcing as a major part of his practice. He is described as “equally at home on high-rolling, patent-centric deals” as well.

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.