T&K Ranked Among Top Patent Firms for Fifth Year

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October 05, 2017

Dallas - The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is proud to announce its inclusion by Intellectual Asset Management (“IAM”) magazine in the 2017 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 draws on fine-tuned industry expertise when enforcing and monetizing intellectual assets.” The directory describes the Firm’s litigation team as having “a thorough grounding in a variety of technologies” which enables them to “invariably find the most efficient path to victory.” The Firm is noted for having “handled over 200 patent infringement suits since 2000.”

Thompson & Knight Partner Bruce Sostek is described by clients as “excellent” and the directory calls him “a natural choice when contentious circumstances arise, thanks to his rapport with judges and quick thinking on his feet.” An associate interviewed by the directory says that Bruce is an “outstanding client adviser who is collegial and vastly experienced in the Eastern District of Texas. In a conflict, [the associate] recommend[s] him first.”

The Firm’s IP Section Head Max Ciccarelli is called a “mechanical engineering buff [who is] fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian.” The directory says Mr. Ciccarelli “is esteemed for his dexterous handling of cross-border campaigns, especially in Europe and Latin America,” while Of Counsel Jane Politz Brandt is recognized for “maintain[ing] a bird’s-eye view of complicated, multi-venue litigations.”

Partners Herbert J. Hammond and Richard L. Wynne, Jr. are called “formidable trial lawyers.” Mr. Hammond is recognized as an attorney who “impresses as a mediator and arbitrator,” and Mr. Wynne is noted as a lawyer who “closes down disputes with creative licensing agreements.”

Partner Stephen E. Stein is showcased as a “key figure on the transactional side [who] ensures clients get more from their technology.” Recognizing his past experience, the directory describes Mr. Stein as a “former in-house counsel” who is “a discerning adviser on joint ventures, acquisitions, and outsourcing, especially in the electronics, semiconductor, and computing domains.”

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.