Six Ballard Spahr patent prosecutors and trial lawyers across three offices have been recognized in the 2020 IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Professionals. The firm’s entire Atlanta-based patent practice was honored as well.

The world-renowned IAM Patent 1000 list is based on nearly 1,800 interviews with the patent prosecution and trial bar and in-house lawyers discussing the leading players in the field.

The individual attorneys named leading practitioners are, for patent prosecution, Atlanta’s Mitchell A. Katz, Dr. Scott D. Marty, and Brian C. Meadows, and New York’s Dr. Margaret Brivanlou and Dr. Kenneth Sonnenfeld, who also was recognized for his excellence in litigation and transactions. Robert R. Baron, Jr., based in the firm’s Philadelphia office, was honored for his national litigation work. The publication notes that the “depth of technical expertise within Ballard Spahr’s 50-strong IP group is impressive.”

Ballard Spahr’s Intellectual Property Department has more than 50 lawyers—including nearly two dozen registered patent practitioners and more than 20 trial lawyers. The firm’s patent prosecutors help our clients identify, protect, and monetize groundbreaking innovations in technologies as diverse as DNA sequencing, COVID-19 research, smart power meters, internet software and cloud computing systems, golf equipment, mining, stem cell therapy, and crop science. They advise venture capitalists and others who invest in these rapidly developing industries and assist in transactions.

Ballard Spahr’s IP trial lawyers represent IP owners and accused infringers in courts throughout the country, in national and international arbitration proceedings, and before the Patent and Trial Board of the U.S. Patent and Trial Office. The firm has been ranked in the highest tier nationally for both patent law and patent litigation by BTI, Chambers, and U.S. News and World Report-Best Lawyers.