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IP Team Receives International Recognition

Firm’s patent practice and members Lupo, Ransom, Ward, and Wilson ranked
IAM Patent 1000
August 2014

Moore & Van Allen PLLC’s Intellectual Property patent practice received top-tier recognition in the third edition of IAM Patent 1000 2014— The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.  Additionally, Member and Intellectual Property Team Leader Dickson M. Lupo was listed as a “recommended” attorney for patent transactions; Member W. Kevin Ransom was listed as a “recommended” attorney for patent prosecution; Member Henry B. Ward III was listed as a “recommended” attorney for patent prosecution and transactions; and Member J. Mark Wilson was listed as a “recommended” attorney for patent litigation.

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.  Moore & Van Allen was one of three 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 guide states:

Moore & Van Allen is one of the Southeast’s largest legal service providers.  It has deep roots within the region’s thriving financial services sector, from which it generates a bountiful flow of patent instructions. Its astute attorneys are also called upon to advise across a wide span of other industries.”

The guide also shares client and source comments on Moore & Van Allen’s “recommended” attorneys:

  • Dick Lupo – “IP team leader Dickson Lupo also has a strong transactional bent; nearly three decades of experience around the negotiating table make him one of the most commercially sagacious lawyers in Charlotte.” 
  • Kevin Ransom – “Obtaining patent protection domestically and abroad is a mainstay and an area in which Kevin Ransom shines.  ‘An outstanding counselor, he has a low-key demeanor and is really able to engage clients – he listens to them and understands what they are trying to accomplish.  People skills are his strongest suit, but he is technically gifted too.’”
  • Henry Ward – “Henry Ward III focuses on licensing and other IP and technology transactions, but wins plaudits for the breadth of his IP knowledge and capabilities." 
  • Mark Wilson – “US Patent and Trademark Office-registered litigator Mark Wilson flies the flag for the contentious wing.  He maintains a broad IP enforcement practice and is also a dab hand on general commercial disputes.

“Private practice lawyers play a key role in developing and implementing patent strategies for clients in both local and global markets, as well as acting to protect their client’s rights in the event of infringement.  The IAM Patent 1000 shines a spotlight on the firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in this pivotal area of practice… Only those individuals identified by market sources for their exceptional skill sets and profound insights into patent matters feature in the IAM Patent 1000,” wrote IAM Research Editor Nicholas Richardson.

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.  The complete list of North Carolina rankings can be seen in alphabetical order by firm/attorney name here.