Managing IP EMEA Awards 2023: the winners
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Managing IP EMEA Awards 2023: the winners

EMEA Awards 2023

We hosted the EMEA ceremony for the 18th annual Managing IP Awards in London to celebrate intellectual property work achievements

Managing IP hosted a gala dinner yesterday, June 21, to recognise law firms, companies, and practitioners for their intellectual property work achievements last year. More than 500 guests joined us at the Hilton London Metropole to find out who won in a whole host of categories.

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Special awards and in-house winners

We presented two European Cross-Border Patent Litigation Team awards to the notable firms that advised Novartis and Nokia on their respective high-profile pan-European patent actions in 2022. The other special award was a Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to Trevor Cook of Bird & Bird for his long and successful career in IP and contributions to the UK IP community.

Below, you can find all the firm and practitioner award winners, our selected Impact Cases of the Year, and a summary of our reasons for the in-house awards. See the shortlists here. We will publish the reasons for the Firm and Practitioner of the Year awards we presented on their respective pages on ipstars.com in September.

We now turn our attention to the last ceremony of the year, the Asia-Pacific Awards ceremony, which will be held in Hong Kong SAR on July 5. Please see the winners of the Americas Awards here.

See some of the photos from the EMEA Awards ceremony here.

Congratulations to all the winners!


NATIONAL CATEGORIES

AUSTRIA

Patent Disputes

Gassauer-Fleissner

Trademark Disputes

Schoenherr

Patent Prosecution

SONN

Trademark Prosecution

Gassauer-Fleissner

Copyright

Dorda

Practitioner of the Year

Rainer Beetz, SONN


BELGIUM

Patent Disputes 

Stibbe

Trademark Disputes

Van Innis & Delarue

Prosecution

De Clercq & Partners

Copyright & Design

Fencer

Practitioner of the Year

Thierry Van Innis, Van Innis & Delarue


DENMARK 

Patent Disputes 

Plesner

Patent Prosecution 

AWA

Trademark (Law Firms)

Plesner

Trademark (Patent and Trademark Attorney Firms)

AWA

Copyright & Design

Plesner

Practitioner of the Year (Law Firms)

Anders Valentin, Bugge Valentin

Practitioner of the Year (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Mikkel Roed Trier, AWA


FINLAND 

Patent Disputes 

Roschier

Trademark Disputes  

Properta Attorneys

Patent Prosecution

Boco IP

Trademark Prosecution 

Heinonen & Co

Copyright & Design

Properta Attorneys

Practitioner of the Year

Ben Rapinoja, Borenius


FRANCE 

Patent Disputes (Law Firms)

Bird & Bird

IP Disputes (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Casalonga

Trademark Disputes (Law Firms)

Armengaud Guerlain

Patent Prosecution 

Lavoix

Trademark Prosecution (Law Firms) 

Bird & Bird

Trademark Prosecution (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Plasseraud IP

Copyright

Vercken & Gaullier

Practitioner of the Year (Law Firms)

Stéphane Guerlain, Armengaud Guerlain

Practitioner of the Year (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Arnaud Casalonga, Casalonga


GERMANY

Patent Disputes (Law Firms)

Hoyng Rokh Monegier

Patent Disputes (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Hoffmann Eitle

Patent Prosecution

Grünecker

Trademark (Law Firms)

Noerr

Trademark (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Vossius & Partner

Copyright & Design

Nordemann

IP Transactions & Advisory

Hengeler Mueller

Patent Practitioner of the Year (Law Firms)

Oliver Jüngst, Bird & Bird

Practitioner of the Year (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Christoph Walke, Cohausz & Florack


HUNGARY

Firm of the year

Szecskay Attorneys at Law

Practitioner of the Year

Katalin Szamosi, SBGK


IRELAND 

Patent Disputes 

Whitney Moore

Trademark Disputes

William Fry

Patent Prosecution

PurdyLucey

Trademark Prosecution 

Mason Hayes & Curran

Copyright & Design

Mason Hayes & Curran

IP Transactions & Advisory

Arthur Cox

Practitioner of the Year

Gerard Kelly, Mason Hayes & Curran


ISRAEL

Patent Disputes

Liad Whatstein & Co

Trademark Disputes

S Horowitz & Co

Patent Prosecution

Ehrlich Group

Trademark Prosecution

Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co

Copyright & Design

S Horowitz & Co

IP Transactions & Advisory

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Practitioner of the Year

Karen Elburg, Herzog Fox & Neeman


ITALY 

Patent Disputes

Trevisan & Cuonzo

Trademark Disputes 

Jacobacci & Associati

Patent Prosecution 

Studio Torta

Trademark Prosecution (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Jacobacci & Partners

Trademark Prosecution (Law Firms)

Spheriens

Copyright & Design

LGV Avvocati

Practitioner of the Year

Elena Martini, Martini Manna & Partners


KENYA

Firm of the Year

DLA Piper (IKM Advocates)

Practitioner of the Year

John Syekei, Bowmans (Coulson Harney)


THE NETHERLANDS

Patent Disputes 

Hoyng Rokh Monegier

Trademark Disputes

DLA Piper

Patent Prosecution

VO

Trademark Prosecution

HGF

Copyright

Visser Schaap & Kreijger

IP Transactions & Advisory

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Practitioner of the Year (Law Firms)

Tobias Cohen Jehoram, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Practitioner of the Year (Patent & Trademark Attorneys)

Michiel Rijsdijk, Arnold & Siedsma


NIGERIA

Firm of the Year

Jackson Etti & Edu

Practitioner of the Year

Lara Kayode, O Kayode & Co


NORWAY 

Patent Disputes 

Haavind

Trademark (Law Firms)

Brækhus

Trademark (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Onsagers

Patent Prosecution 

Onsagers

Copyright & Design

Haavind

Practitioner of the Year

Camilla Vislie, Thommessen


POLAND

Advisory & Disputes

Patpol

Prosecution

JWP

Copyright & Design

SKP Ślusarek Kubiak Pieczyk

Practitioner of the Year

Dariusz Piróg, Patpol


PORTUGAL 

Advisory & Disputes 

Garrigues

Prosecution

Simões Garcia Corte Real & Associados

Practitioner of the Year

João Miranda de Sousa, Garrigues


ROMANIA

Firm of the Year

Simion & Baciu

Practitioner of the Year

Ana-Maria Baciu, Simion & Baciu


SOUTH AFRICA

Patent

Adams & Adams

Trademark

Spoor & Fisher

IP Transactions & Advisory

ENSafrica

Copyright & Design

Adams & Adams

Practitioner of the Year

Gaelyn Scott, ENSafrica


SPAIN

Patent Disputes (Law Firms)

Grau & Angulo

Patent Disputes (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Elzaburu

Trademark Disputes 

Grau & Angulo

Patent Prosecution 

ZBM Patents & Trademarks

Trademark Prosecution (Law Firms) 

BomhardIP

Trademark Prosecution (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms) 

Curell Suñol

Copyright

Hoyng Rokh Monegier

Practitioner of the Year (Law Firms)

Michael Hawkins, Noerr

Practitioner of the Year (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Montserrat Jané, ZBM Patents & Trademarks


SWEDEN 

Patent Disputes 

Vinge

Trademark Disputes

Westerberg & Partners

Patent Prosecution

Kransell & Wennborg

Trademark Prosecution (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

AWA

Trademark Prosecution (Law Firms)

Vinge

Copyright & Design

Vinge

Practitioner of the Year

Håkan Borgenhäll, Vinge


SWITZERLAND 

Patent Disputes 

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep (MLL Legal)

Trademark Disputes

Weinmann Zimmerli

Patent Prosecution 

Rentsch Partner

Trademark Prosecution

Weinmann Zimmerli

Copyright

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep (MLL Legal)

IP Transactions & Advisory

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep (MLL Legal)

Practitioner of the Year

Peter Schramm, MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep (MLL Legal)


TURKEY

Patent Disputes

Gün + Partners

Trademark Disputes

Kenaroğlu

Patent Prosecution

Gün + Partners

Trademark Prosecution

Esin Attorney Partnership

Copyright & Design

Gün + Partners

Practitioner of the Year

Yasemin Kenaroglu, Kenaroğlu


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Advisory & Disputes

Rouse

Prosecution

Saba IP

Practitioner of the Year

Omar Obeidat, Al Tamimi & Company


UNITED KINGDOM (ENGLAND)

Patent Disputes (Law Firms)

Powell Gilbert

Patent Disputes (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

EIP

Trademark Disputes (Law Firms)

Fieldfisher

Trademark Disputes (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Stobbs IP

Patent Prosecution

Carpmaels & Ransford

Trademark Prosecution (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Boult Wade Tennant

Trademark Prosecution (Law Firms)

Charles Russell Speechlys

Copyright

Wiggin

Design

Gowling WLG

IP Transactions & Advisory

Gowling WLG

IP Set

8 New Square

Senior IP Barrister of the Year

Adrian Speck KC

Junior IP Barrister of the Year

Edward Cronan

IPEC Firm of the Year

Brandsmiths

Patent Practitioner of the Year (Law Firms)

Richard Vary, Bird & Bird

Soft IP Practitioner of the Year (Law Firms)

Andrew Lee, Brandsmiths

Practitioner of the Year (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Stephen Duffield, Carpmaels & Ransford


UNITED KINGDOM (SCOTLAND)

IP Disputes

Burness Paull

Prosecution

Lawrie

IP Transactions & Advisory

CMS

Practitioner of the Year

Colin Hulme, Burness Paull


REGIONAL AWARDS

AFRICA

Firm of the Year

Adams & Adams


MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Firm of the Year

Under review


EUROPE

Patent Disputes (Law Firms)

Hoyng Rokh Monegier

EPO Proceedings Firm of the Year

Hoffmann Eitle

Patent Disputes (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

EIP

Patent Prosecution

Grünecker

Trademark (Law Firms)

Taylor Wessing

Trademark (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

HGF

Copyright

Hoyng Rokh Monegier

IP Transactions & Advisory

Clifford Chance


BALTIC

Firm of the Year

Cobalt


BENELUX

Trademark (Law Firms)

NautaDutilh

Trademark (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Arnold & Siedsma

Patent (Law Firms)

Hoyng Rokh Monegier

Patent (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

VO


NORDIC

Firm of the Year (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)

Zacco

Firm of the Year (Law Firms)

Schjødt


GLOBAL

Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie


IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

Europe In-House Team of the Year (Patent)

Novartis

Novartis demonstrated strategic enforcement and defence of key pharmaceutical patent rights across Europe. The company’s action over fingolimod saw European courts examine the use of a patent application to obtain a preliminary injunction. In the UK, the case provided further guidance on the grant of the Arrow declaration. In the Netherlands, the company obtained a cross-border injunction to protect its Sandostatin LAR product across several European jurisdictions. The work of its IP team contributed to the financial performance of the business in 2022.

Europe In-House Team of the Year (Trademark)

Christian Louboutin

The French fashion designer Christian Louboutin has continued to protect and enforce the IP rights for its red-soled shoes across the world. The company obtained a high-profile CJEU judgment in its dispute against Amazon, which clarified when an online marketplace operator could be held liable for trade mark infringement. Its European-based IP team contributed to the company’s product and marketing strategies and secured court victories in China, an important market for the brand.

Europe In-House Leader of the Year

Beat Weibel, Siemens

Beat Weibel leads the IP department at Siemens. Under his leadership, Siemens’ patenting activities have grown, and its IP team has been deeply involved in the company’s innovation process. One thing that makes Weibel stand out is his strong emphasis on the quality of patents rather than quantity, and this strategy has not affected Siemens’ position as one of the leading patent filers in recent years. Outside of work, Weibel leads the Industry Patent Quality Charter, an initiative supported by in-house counsel who have pledged to prioritise quality over quantity in their patent filing strategies. The initiative is expected to influence the EPO’s efforts to improve the quality of its patents.

Global Patent Licence Provider of the Year

Avanci

Patent pool operator Avanci continues to garner plaudits in the market for its transformational approach to standard-essential patent (SEP) licensing in the automotive industry. Founded in 2016, the company has so far successfully defended antitrust challenges in the United States. The company’s licensing programmes have brought together the big wireless technology patent owners and manufacturers in the automotive industry, covering over 100 million vehicles with connectivity.

In 2022, Avanci welcomed more companies, including Toyota, Nissan, and Honda, to the Avanci Vehicle 4G, a programme that offers access to SEP licences for 4G, 3G, and 2G cellular technologies. Avanci has since launched new programmes for companies in the aftermarket sector and is expected to expand into 5G and other IoT segments.


SPECIAL AWARDS

Europe Cross-Border Patent Litigation Team

For Novartis (fingolimod patent)

The following firms advised Novartis on the enforcement of its second medical use patent for Gilenya, a multiple sclerosis drug: ALTIUS (Belgium), Plesner (Denmark), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Germany and Netherlands), Roschier (Finland), Allen & Overy (France), VdA (Portugal), Homburger (Switzerland), Trevisan & Cuonzo (Italy), Clifford Chance (Spain), Mannheimer Swartling (Sweden), and Bristows (the UK).

For Nokia (4G and 5G patents)

The following firms advised Nokia on the enforcement and defence of its 4G and 5G patents in Europe: Bird & Bird (Europe), Samson & Partner (Germany), Cohausz & Florack (Germany), df-mp (Germany), and Arnold Ruess (Germany)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Trevor Cook, Bird & Bird

Trevor
Trevor Cook

Trevor Cook is a widely respected international IP litigator who has been active in the UK IP community for nearly half a century. He spent more than 35 years at Bird & Bird before moving to the US to help WilmerHale expand its IP practice into Europe.

While in the US, Cook was still deeply involved in the UK IP community. He is a regular writer, featuring in several practitioner texts, such as Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology and the Law and Sterling on World Copyright Law, and currently serves as the chairman of the British Copyright Council. Previously, he was the president of AIPPI UK.


IMPACT CASES

Belgium

SABAM v FMFF (2022)

Firm(s): Crowell & Moring and ALTIUS

Czech Republic

DILIA v Uloz.to cloud (2022)

Denmark

Novartis v Viatris and others (2022)

Firm(s): Kromann Reumert and Bugge Valentin

ferm Living v Wolly (2022)

Michael Learns to Rock v EMI Music Publishing (2022)

Firm(s): Bid & Bird and Gorrissen Federspiel

Finland

Scanbox Entertainment v DNA (2022)

MTV v Teosto (2022)

Firm(s): Bird & Bird and Castrén & Snellman

France

Valve v UFQ-Que Choisir (2022)

Firm(s): Allen & Overy

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute v INPI (2022)

Firm(s): Simmons & Simmons

Hutchinson v Tyron Runflat (2022)

Novartis v Biogaran (2022)

Firm(s): Allen & Overy and Casalonga

Italy

Juventus FC v Blockeras (2022)

Firm(s): Trevisan & Cuonzo

Universal Music Italy & ors v Cloudfare (2022)

Firm(s): LGV Avvocati

Poland

Chomikuj.pl v Polish Filmmakers Association (2022)

Firm(s): Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners

The Netherlands

Novartis v Pharmathen (2022)

Firm(s): Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

HP v Stichting de Thuiskopie (2022)

Firm(s): AC & R, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Houthoff

Max Emilian Verstappen v MAVIC (2022)

Norway

Audi v Starco Norge (2022)

Firm(s): Forsberg

Kystjerdet v Norgesgjerde (2022)

Firm(s): Simonsen Vogt Wiig and Tenden

Switzerland

FIFA v PUMA (2022)

Firm(s): MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep (MLL Legal) and Nater Dallafior

United Kingdom

The Tomatin Distillery Company v Tomatin Trading Company (2022)

Firm(s): MacRoberts

Geofabrics v Fiberweb Geosynthetics (2022)

Firm(s): Womble Bond Dickinson

Barrister(s): Michael Hicks

Bei Yu Industrial Co v Nuby (2022)

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy v GE Energy (2022)

Firm(s): Hogan Lovells

Barrister(s): Thomas Mitcheson KC, Stuart Baran and Alice Hart

Lappet Manufacturing Company v Rassam & Ors (2022)

Firm(s): Potter Clarkson

Barrister(s): Michael Hicks

Neurim Pharmaceuticals v Generics UK (2022)

Firm(s): Gowling WLG and Pinsent Masons

Barrister(s): Andrew Lykiardopoulos KC and Katherine Moggridge

Novartis v Teva UK (2022)

Firm(s): Bristows, Pinsent Masons, Taylor Wessing and Mishcon de Reya

Barrister(s): Andrew Waugh KC and Geoffrey Pritchard

Nokia v OnePlus Technology (2022)

Firm(s): Bird & Bird

Barrister(s): Nicholas Saunders QC, Joanne Box and Edmund Eustace

Kigen (UK) v Thales Dis France (2022)

Tradeix v New Holland Ventures (2022)

Firm(s): Marks & Clerk

Optis v Apple (2022)

Firm(s): EIP and Osborne Clarke

Barrister(s): Sarah Ford KC, Isabel Jamal, Emily MacKenzie and Jennifer Dixon

Philips v Oppo (2022)

Firm(s): Bristows

Barrister(s): Alan Maclean KC

Shazam Productions v Only Fools The Dining Experience (2022)

Firm(s): Ashfords

Barrister(s): Jonathan Hill

GW Pharma v Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co (2022)

Firm(s): Powell Gilbert

Barrister(s): James Segan KC and Ravi Mehta

Sheeran v Chokri (2022)

Europe

Christian Louboutin v Amazon (2022)

Firm(s): Van Innis & Delarue and Decker & Braun

Heitec v Heitech Promotion (2022)

Firm(s): Kather Augenstein and Rohnke Winter

SodaStream International v MySoda (2022)

Firm(s): Borenius and Properta Attorneys

RTL Television v SALVOR (2022)

Firm(s): Abreu Advogados

Health and Happiness (H&H) v EUIPO (2022)

Firm(s): Mishcon de Reya

Standard International Management v EUIPO (2022)

Deichmann v EUIPO (2022)

Firm(s): Güell IP

Pest Control Office v Full Colour Black (2022)

Koch Media v FU (2022)

Phoenix Contact v Harting (2022)

Firm(s): CBH and Maikowski & Ninnemann

Impexeco NV v Novartis (2022)

Firm(s): Crowell & Moring and Fencer

Merck Sharp & Dohme v Abacus Medicine (2022)

Novartis v Abacus Medicine (2022)

Firm(s): King & Spalding and NJORD Law Firm

Bayer Intellectual Property v kohlpharma (2022)

Firm(s): Clifford Chance

Iceland v Iceland Foods (2022)

Firm(s): Arnason Faktor

Acacia v BMW (2022)

KP v Gemeinde Bodman-Ludwigshafen (2022)

Austro-Mechana v Strato (2022)

Firm(s): Dorda and Walter Law Firm

The Absolut Company v EUIPO (2022)

Shopify v EUIPO (2022)




Research methodology

The Managing IP Awards programme is the most comprehensive and widely respected IP law firm awards event in the legal industry. Now in its 18th year, the programme covers several IP practice areas and more than 50 jurisdictions. Read about the practice areas and award categories here.

Each year, our research analysts obtain information from thousands of firms, IP practitioners, and their clients through interviews, emails, and online surveys. We ask firms and in-house teams to complete their respective research forms here. This year's awards are based on last year's developments and information.

Before compiling the shortlists, our researchers evaluated work data supplied by firms and, where applicable, reviewed publicly available information such as court and IP office records. They focused on work done or concluded in the previous year, particularly looking for case studies that were of great significance to clients and/or IP law and practice. Firms, companies, and individuals can also win an award or be shortlisted based on our independent research findings alone.

The research for the IP STARS rankings and the Managing IP Awards programme is rigorous and impartial. There is no fee to pay to participate in our research, but participation does not guarantee recognition. The awards are not influenced by any commercial relationship with Managing IP, and no firm or individual can pay to influence the results. Any firm, regardless of its ranking in IP STARS, can win the Managing IP award.

The Managing IP Awards programme is distinct and separate from any other legal industry awards programmes organised by Delinian (formerly Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC) and promoted on our website.

Please contact Kingsley Egbuonu if you have research-related enquiries about the Managing IP Awards programme.

History of the Managing IP Awards

Managing IP launched its awards programme in 2006. The ceremonies attract hundreds of guests, including in-house counsel and prominent public officials in the IP industry. The programme is widely regarded as the premier IP law firm awards event in the legal industry. The previous winners of the Managing IP Awards can be found here.

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