IAM Patent top tier: a “strong, consistent performer” in a plethora of technical fields
We are delighted to be again ranked as "highly recommended" (top tier) for UK patent services in the annual review of The World’s Leading Patent Professionals by IAM Patent 1000 and as gold (top tier) in the IAM Patent European Patent Office directory. We have retained our bronze ranking for patent litigation.
We are grateful to our clients for their contribution to the research and for their positive feedback, as quoted by IAM Patent 1000 in their review of D Young & Co. We are particularly pleased to retain our gold ranking for our European Patent Office work for a second year.
D Young & Co is a “strong, consistent performer” in a plethora of technical fields. The EPO is like a second home to its practitioners, 55 of whom are qualified to practise there. On the prosecution side, the firm filed about 2,000 European patents in 2019, as well as undertaking heavy-duty oppositions for the likes of Teva and DuPont. Given this astonishing rate of activity, it is unsurprising that no fewer than seven D Young & Co patent attorneys make it into the IAM Patent 1000 this year.
Garreth Duncan matches incisive SPC knowledge with “attention to detail, advocacy for clients’ positions, thoughtfulness and a willingness to embrace creative solutions”; while the globally minded Simon O’Brien is well versed in both biology and chemistry. At their side is Kirk Gallagher, who comes “highly recommended” for his performances in oppositions at the EPO – a skillset he shares with Charles Harding, the firm’s longest-serving life sciences partner with some 35 years under his belt. “Knowledgeable and reliable”, Jonathan Jackson has an affinity for the intricacies of hot new fields such as wearable technology and fintech. Anthony Albutt’s expertise lies in medical devices, aerospace and – notably – engineering; Toyota relies upon him to manage a large portfolio. In one client’s opinion, Neil Nachshen is “one of the best patent attorneys in the country”; he spends his time teasing out the knots of “exceptionally difficult” EPO oppositions and appeals. The trailblazer in D Young & Co’s litigation division is Antony Craggs, an “extremely careful, knowledgeable and commercial solicitor” with a “close eye for detail”. Immersing himself in the life sciences, electronics and engineering, he is “a pleasure to work with and will always go the extra mile to ensure the very best service”. His practice is supported by that of Richard Willoughby, a veteran of the patent litigation world who remains a vital asset in his role as consultant.
With regard to its research methodology IAM Patent 1000 writes:
Firms and individuals in the gold band are those that attract the most positive comments from sources. We have identified them as the crème de la crème; their success hinges on reputations established over lengthy periods of time, something which enables them to secure the most high-profile, big-ticket instructions from the most demanding of clients.
Source: IAM Patent 1000 2020
IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals recommends those it considers to be the leaders in the field: only those delivering top-quality patent services make the cut.IAM Patent 2020 rankings