On the contrary, OBLON, MCCLELLAND, MAIER & NEUSTADT, LLP, while being the second-largest firm in the US, held only position number 43 in the PCT rank. The reason is that the representative has a strong international business orientation. To illustrate, OBLON, MCCLELLAND, MAIER & NEUSTADT, LLP prosecuted cases for well-established Japanese clients, namely Toshiba, Toyota, and Mitsubishi.
Along the same lines, SUGHRUE MION, PLLC – the 3rd largest IP law firm – also prioritized the international applicants such as Samsung, Toyota, Fujifilm, and NEC and was even not among the 50 firms outlined in the list above.
Conversely, WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI – 22nd in the country – represented a substantial amount of PCTs and got to the 5th position in the rank of the most prominent American firms filing for PCTs 2020. The review of the firm’s portfolio showed its high focus on domestic clients.
Overall, the United States is an active innovator and an attractive spot for incoming foreign patent applications. This gives American representatives freedom to decide which business development approach to prioritize. Therefore, the number of represented PCTs is not associated with the firm’s prominence but rather with internal strategic considerations or historical dynamics. This differentiates the US from most of the European top PCT representatives, for which the prominence of the firm is associated with the volume of prosecuted PCT filings (except for Germany). For more details, read the article about the top 50 European IP law firms filing for PCT in 2020.