To give you further insights about the law firms listed in the rank, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, MAUCHER JENKINS, and TOMKINS & CO. handled the highest share of cases on behalf of Qualcomm. They were the three most prominent representatives of the client in Europe. Interestingly, they received work from roughly 13 priority filing firms from the US, including, for example, HOLLAND & HART LLP, ARENT FOX LLP, and PATTERSON + SHERIDAN, among others. The probability that multiple American IP law firms would choose three similar European IP law firms to represent a single client’s cases is rather low. Therefore, it is possible to conclude that Qualcomm was in charge of selecting agents for its filings in Europe. This goes in line with what IP Pilot’s decision-maker algorithm concluded.
All the top 10 European IP law firms for digital communication cases mainly prosecuted patent filings of the largest foreign applicants. For instance, MITSCHERLICH PARTMBB, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT, PFENNING, MEINIG & PARTNER dealt with Huawei‘s applications. BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT, HGF LIMITED, and MAIWALD took over the substantial share of Intel‘s work in Europe. WUESTHOFF & WUESTHOFF represented LG‘s cases.
Unsurprisingly, the IP Pilot decision-maker algorithm predicted that the large applicants from abroad had the leverage to select the preferred partners in Europe and instructed the priority filing agents in this respect.
As for the representation of domestic clients, BOULT WADE TENNANT, SCHOPPE, ZIMMERMANN, STÖCKELER, ZINKLER, SCHENK & PARTNER, and EIP were the regional IP law firms working primarily with local applicants such as Vodafone, Fraunhofer Society, and, as in case of EIP, with multiple smaller firms.
Worth noting, according to our algorithm, BOULT WADE TENNANT and EIP for up to 75% of filings were free to select which foreign partner law firm abroad will receive client’s applications.
D. YOUNG & CO., KRAUS & WEISERT, and VIERING, JENTSCHURA & PARTNER also handled a substantial number of domestic subsequents and priority filings. However, their main clients were the local subsidiaries of international firms or international firms directly, such as, for example, Sony, Intel, and Apple.