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IP Team Receives International Recognition

Group and Members Lupo, Ransom, Ward and Wilson rated in IAM Patent 1000
June 2013

Moore & Van Allen's Intellectual Property practice received top-tier recognition in the second edition of IAM Patent 1000— The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, which published in June 2013.  Additionally, Charlotte Intellectual Property Members Dickson Lupo, Kevin Ransom, Henry Ward and Mark Wilson were listed as recommended attorneys within their respective practice areas. 

IAM Patent 1000 is published annually by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine as a guide to the top patent practitioners in key jurisdictions around the world.  MVA was one of two North Carolina firms to be listed in North Carolina’s gold band, which, according to their website, IAM reserves for the “crème de la crème” of firms that garner the most positive source comments during their research process.  The complete list of North Carolina rankings can be seen in alphabetical order by firm/attorney name here

“Patents are now regarded as essential business commodities, and knowing how to obtain, enforce and monetize them has become mission critical for companies in all industry sectors… The IAM Patent 1000 shines a spotlight on the firms and individuals deemed outstanding in this pivotal area…,” wrote IAM Patent 1000 Head of Research Nicholas Richardson.

The guide describes MVA’s IP group as an “eminent local outfit” that received “superlative” reviews:

“‘Moore & Van Allen attorneys are extremely prompt and responsive – they make you feel like you are their most important client.  On their own dime, they invest the time to understand their client’s business and risk tolerances, which makes them very effective at drafting applications.  The team is knowledgeable on both domestic and foreign IP matters too.’  The firm provides a comprehensive suite of services that encompasses all aspects of patent protection, monetization and enforcement.”

The guide also shares client/source comments on “recommended” IP Members within the Firm:

  • Dick Lupo, listed as a recommended licensing attorney, is described as a “‘proactive lawyer who is brilliant at developing IP strategies.’”
  • Kevin Ransom, listed as a recommended prosecution attorney, “‘does a top job managing a large patent prosecution docket, and managing those around him to get things done the way we want and when we want them.’”
  • Henry Ward, listed as a recommended attorney for both licensing and prosecution, has “‘fantastic all-around IP knowledge and is one of the best on the transactional side,’ and wins plaudits for his prosecution and licensing work. Sources remark that he is ‘excellent at fielding questions with an international element.’” 
  • Mark Wilson, listed as a recommended litigation attorney, “takes the lead on many of the group’s patent and IP litigations.

IAM’s research process included nearly 1,500 telephone interviews with attorneys at law, patent attorneys and in-house counsel to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the field.  According to their website, firms qualify for a listing on the basis of their depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically engaged.  Individuals qualify for a listing in the IAM Patent 1000 when they receive sufficient positive feedback from peers and clients with knowledge of their practice and the market within which they operate.