Myers Bigel, the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, has been recognized by two major industry organizations as being among the nation’s leaders in sheer number and quality of patents secured for clients.
Myers Bigel was ranked in the top two in the country for quality in the consumer electronics discretionary category in rankings by IAM/Ocean Tomo, while climbing to number 35 in the IFI CLAIMS Patent Services list of Top 50 firms for securing 749 patents for clients in 2011.
“Well-respected, independent third-party organizations across the country continually rank Myers Bigel as a leader in the quality of patents for our clients,” Managing Partner Jim Cannon said, adding,“Our numerous awards and accolades over the years, successful patents, and continuing referrals speak to the talent of our vibrant team of longtime attorneys and their dedication to the best practices in patent law.”
In 2011, 768 U.S. patents were issued for cases handled by Myers Bigel and over 1,500 new U.S. applications were filed. The firm filed over 190 patent cooperation treaty applications and over 400 patent applications in foreign countries last year as well, securing over 390 foreign patents.
Myers Bigel has been consistently recognized over the years by legal media and industry organizations as producing quality results and leading in the protection of intellectual property. In addition to the IFI CLAIMS and IAM/Ocean Tomo rankings, earlier this year attorneys David Beatty, Jim Cannon, Laura Kelley, and F. Michael Sajovec were voted members of Business North Carolina’s 2012 Legal Elite, joining six other Myers Bigel attorneys on previous years’ lists.
Beatty, along with Mitch Bigel and Ken Sibley, was also named a 2012 North Carolina Super Lawyer in a survey published by Super Lawyers Magazine based on the independent research of Law & Politics. In the same survey, attorney Rick Matthews was named a Rising Star among intellectual property attorneys in the state.
Cannon pointed to the long-standing continuity of counsel and the fact that every lawyer at Myers Bigel is an active practicing patent attorney as reasons for the success in developing quality patents that stand up to scrutiny.
“Our ability to attract and keep some of the best legal talent in the country with degreed technical experience enables us to produce and enforce top-quality patents with billing rates dramatically lower than big city competitors,” he explained.
Ocean Tomo PatentRatings® is the official ratings partner to Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine. Ocean Tomo PatentRatings uses a patented method to calculate the relative quality of all utility patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since 1976 on the basis of more than 50 independent and objective factors. The IPQ score represents a numerical measure of patent quality and potential value with a median score of 100 for US issued patents.
IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services is a leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services. The organization uses proprietary algorithms and 50 years' experience in analyzing USPTO data to compile their de facto annual ranking.
Each Myers Bigel practice group, including biotechnology, chemistry, electronics and computing, litigation, mechanical, trademark, and university, is fully staffed by a steady team of dedicated legal professionals who connect on a technical level with the clients they serve. Operating out of the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, Myers Bigel represents corporate and university clients located in the Carolinas, throughout the Southeast, across the United States, and in Europe and Asia.
About Myers Bigel
Myers Bigel (myersbigel.com) is an intellectual property law firm combining patent law expertise with a stable continuity of counsel to produce quality patents that stand up to scrutiny. We are the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, continually ranked among the top national firms by well-respected legal media and industry organizations. Our knowledgeable, vibrant team of attorneys with degreed technical experience successfully acquires, protects, enforces and defends patent assets and intellectual property in a variety of fields including biotechnology, chemistry, electronics and computing, mechanical, trademark, and university practice groups, as well as in litigation. Headquartered in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina with clients spanning the globe, we remain active in symposia, seminars, and continuing education efforts to further best practices in intellectual property protection and enforcement.