Sughrue Mion Recognized in the Annual Ocean Tomo/IAM Patent Quality Rankings

Sughrue Mion, PLLC is pleased to announce that our firm has been ranked among the top 2 patent firms in the annual rankings done by Ocean Tomo and IAM (International Asset Management) Magazine. This ranking was based on the quality of the patents obtained by Sughrue among other high volume patent firms. Rather than focusing only on USPTO statistics as a measure of quality, this year's IAM ranking considered how well patents would withstand being challenged in a more adversarial setting, such as U.S. district court litigation and post-grant proceedings such as inter partes review. This would be reflective of the level of technical understanding applied in crafting the patent claims and advocacy before the USPTO, which would allow a patent to be flexibly used in a changing market, while providing robustness to survive potential validity challenges. These all contribute to overall patent value. The IAM rankings also identified the major worldwide patent holders, represented by Sughrue, that drive the data behind the ranking of our clients' patents as "quality patents." In addition to its high overall ranking, Sughrue also received high marks for patent quality in the Consumer Electronics and Information Technology. These sectors remain challenging areas, in view of the unsettled questions on subject matter eligibility under Section 101. In addition to the law firm rankings, the article discusses patent quality in the face of changing market forces. Contact us to learn more about what sets us apart.