This is not your typical "best of legal" list.
There are a lot of “best of” lists in the legal world. Some recognize firms based on volume of work. Others are based on client satisfaction. And let’s face it, some are won after paying a hefty entry fee.
Data adds a powerful element into the mix.
Juristat’s database of more than 10 million pending, abandoned, and granted patent applications allows us to objectively analyze the performance of every law firm practicing within the USPTO – no call for participation or entry fees required.
These rankings identify the top-performing law firms in each USPTO technology center.
We know that each tech center presents its own unique set of challenges. And, perhaps more importantly, we know that firm expertise in a specific field is often more sought after than general aptitude.
And so, rather than ranking firm performance across the entire USPTO, we narrowed in on each tech center to find the best of the best within each particular area. Click on a technology center to explore the rankings.
How the rankings work
Our Juristat ranking considers both volume and performance. We based the rankings on how well a firm performed in three key metrics over a 12-month period. These metrics are:
- Number of applications filed
- Allowance rate
- Average number of office actions before allowance
The metrics are based on public applications disposed (or in the case of the first metric, applications filed) between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, accounting for the 18-month publication delay. To qualify for inclusion, a firm must have filed a minimum of 100 applications in the tech center during that time period. For our analysis, we attributed applications to the firm listed on the application at the time of disposition. We also excluded foreign priority applications and design applications from this analysis.
We narrowed the field in each technology center by first identifying the top ten firms in each of three categories – allowance rate, average office actions before allowance, and volume of applications filed. As you look at each tech center’s rankings, you see the the top ten in each of those three key metrics, as well as our overall ranking – the Juristat Rank. This overall rank was calculated by taking into account the firm’s rank for the key metric, as well as rewarding firms who ranked for more than one category. This gives us a better picture of which firms have the most well-rounded performance in each tech center.
A caveat, of course. This method is but one way to measure a firm’s performance and is not intended to be definitive. In fact, you should not rely solely on a firm’s filing volume, allowance rate, or number of office actions as a measure of success - as that doesn’t necessarily account for patent quality. Beyond that, many clients value timeliness, communication, retention of top talent, or adoption of new technologies – more qualitative measures we can’t yet analyze with data.
Want a closer look at the metrics?
These lists are determined by the very same data that makes our analytics tool so robust. Schedule a consultation with our team to learn more – and see your data.
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