April 30, 2015Press Release

Four Michael Best Attorneys Ranked in IAM Patent 1000

IAM Patent 1000

Milwaukee, WI (April 30, 2015) – Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys J. Donald Best, Jonathan H. Margolies, Larry L. Saret and Billie Jean Smith have been ranked in the fourth edition of IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, a unique, research-based annual guide that lists leading private practice patent professionals and firms in 41 of the world’s key jurisdictions.

In addition to individual rankings, Michael Best was one of just two firms to be recommended and ranked in the “Gold Band” for Wisconsin. Firms and individuals listed in the gold band are those that attract the most positive comments from sources and have established their reputations over lengthy periods of time. The publication notes Michael Best is “one of the most active firms in the state, and definitely the most prestigious.”

Best, a “prize pick,” is recommended in litigation and transactions. In his practice, Best provides IP counseling and litigation services to clients in highly technical fields involving biotechnology, mechanical arts, electronics, pharmaceuticals, computer products, chemical processing, telecommunications, medical devices and a wide variety of commercial products.

Margolies, referred to as “infinitely knowledgeable and unbelievably hardworking,” represents large commercial clients in patent cases, trademark cases, unfair competition cases and trade libel cases. He is recommended in litigation and transactions.

Saret, described as “absolutely superb,” is a recommended individual in intellectual property transactions and ranked in the publication’s Illinois list. He conducts litigation, prosecutes domestic and foreign patents, trademark and copyright applications, and prepares intellectual property licenses, and other contracts.

Smith, whose “calling card” is “tailored patent strategies,” was the first female patent attorney at Michael Best and also the first woman to chair the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Smith works closely with clients to procure, manage and enforce IP portfolios including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. She is recommended in prosecution.

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) is a publication which focuses on the many ways in which intellectual property can be used to create corporate value. In-depth articles, case studies, interviews and surveys, as well as a widely read blog, provide a high-level corporate readership with cutting-edge insights into how intellectual property can be used to create strategic advantage, build shareholder returns, generate bottom-line revenue and gain greater leverage in the financial markets.

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