The results of IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2016 have been published. We are pleased to announce that Deacons has moved up to a silver tier law firm in Litigation and Transactions and remains a recommended law firm for Prosecution in Hong Kong. On the individuals side, Catherine Zheng, partner and Jeffrey McLean, senior associate, were both recognised as leading individuals.
The editorial says: “Having grown in tandem with the city, Deacons continues its historic legacy of excellence, serving up cutting-edge solutions to companies’ needs. The robust IP group benefits from a dazzling array of intramural corporate expertise; this deep talent pool makes the set ideally placed to handle all manner of contentious and non-contentious mandates. Fully multilingual and internationally experienced, its lawyers and patent attorneys are familiar faces in successful cross-border campaigns. It has “the flexibility of a small group, but the capability of any other global firm”.
Turning to lawyers, the editorial continues, “A former examiner at the Australian Patent Office, Jeffrey McLean is highly sought after for his IT prowess. Catherine Zheng makes a well-earned debut in the IAM Patent 1000 for 2016. A “treasured ally in any issues in China”, she made waves in 2015 facilitating a massive $1.8 billion technology transfer deal for JAC Capital.”
The IAM Patent 1000 guide is a unique guide that identifies the top patent professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. The guide has been compiled following five months of extensive research, in which 1,500 interviews with numerous attorneys at law, patent attorneys and in-house counsel were conducted.