Seven Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys have been recognized by Intellectual Asset Management magazine in the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners for 2020. Firm attorneys ranked in the 2020 IAM Patent 1000 are:
- Daniel Attaway – Litigation
- Mary Bourke – Litigation
- Chris Humphrey – Prosecution
- Dan Ovanezian – Prosecution
- Bill Ragland – Litigation
- Dana Severance – Litigation
- Jeffrey Whittle – Transactions
In addition, the IAM Patent 1000 report recognizes Womble Bond Dickinson as a top firm for patent law in California, Delaware and North Carolina.
The report described the firm’s California patent practice as follows: “Significant enhancements to Womble Bond Dickinson’s patent practice in recent years have left it better positioned than ever to meet and exceed the needs of innovators on both sides of the Atlantic: the firm has more than 150 IP lawyers and patent agents between its US and UK offices, backed by experts in adjacent areas such as data and cybersecurity. The rainmakers in California are James Scheller, Dan Ovanezian and Brenton Babcock, who between them work across the patent lifecycle. Well rounded as a counsellor, having started out in litigation and then transitioned to a more prosecution, opinions and licensing-focused practice, Scheller is distinguished by his ability to pack commercial value into the IP protection he procures. Also working in high-tech areas such as software and networking, Ovanezian is cut from the same cloth and is keenly attuned to business strategy. Litigation and dispute resolution are Babcock’s metiers; the former Knobbe Martens partner is noted for his special dexterity in post-grant proceedings.”
For Delaware, IAM said, “In recognition of its expertise in pharmaceutical patent litigation, Womble Bond Dickinson earns IAM Patent 1000 stripes in Delaware for the first time this year. The Wilmington office is home to a strong core of specialists comprised of section leader Mary Bourke, an experienced first-chair litigator whose résumé is replete with ANDA and biologics wins; Dana Severance, who is increasingly taking on lead counsel roles while maintaining exceptional case management proficiency; and Daniel Attaway, ‘a brilliant writer and oral advocate’ who ‘gives back to the community in many ways.’”
For North Carolina patents, IAM reported, “Womble Bond Dickinson has 19 US offices coast to coast and a well-formed IP, technology and data group equipped to handle all challenges faced by technological boundary pushers, wherever they might arise. Holding it down in Raleigh, Christopher Humphrey does a brilliant job helping clients to align what they do in intellectual property with what they need for business growth and development. International portfolio management and strategic counselling are his fortes. In Charlotte, Andrew Spence undertakes meticulous prosecution in the computer and electronics fields; he also provides well-calibrated representation in post-grant settings.”
The IAM Patent 1000 is an annual guide to the leading patent practitioners in 50 jurisdictions around the globe. Researchers spent five months interviewing patent attorneys and the buyers of their legal services to determine the IAM Patent 1000 for 2020. Ranked attorneys do not pay to be listed in the IAM Patent 1000.