ChambersUSAIn a bit of shameless self-promotion, we find that the Patent Baristas were ranked (once again!) in the 2008 Edition of Chambers and Partners, a guide to the legal profession that rates attorneys and their practices based upon peer and client review.

Chambers USA touts the Intellectual Property Department as known for their “exceptional” attention to detail and impeccable biomedical knowledge. Frost Brown Todd LLC is said to boast one of the top Intellectual Property practices in the region. Clients use adjectives such as “impeccable”, “genius”, “simply superb”, and “quite excellent” in describing Stephen Albainy-Jenei, Karlyn Schnapp, Steven Goldstein and David Schmit.

From Chambers:

The Firm: [Frost Brown Todd] undertakes a substantial amount of transactional and prosecution work in patents, and litigates trademark, trades secrets and patent matters. Team members have particular expertise in the life sciences, Internet and computer technology sectors, and recently advised AOI Medical on the IP aspects of its IPO on the LSE.  The team also acted for Caudill Seed in obtaining declaratory judgment for non-infringement of patents related to a new product line of nutritional supplements.

The Lawyers: The “extraordinarily intelligent” Stephen Albainy-Jenei “knows the practice area inside out.” “Well-reasoned and never hasty,” he is active in life sciences and patent prosecution, and is responsible for the influential Patent Baristas blog. “Excellent attorney” Steven Goldstein has stepped down as department chair, to be replaced by Ann Schoen, and has now taken on the role of vice-chair. His practice takes in patent prosecution and transactional work, largely in the life sciences. David Schmit receives enthusiastic praise, which depicts him as “a genius who is extraordinarily formidable on the other side.” He is the group’s litigation expert and undertakes patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases. Interviewees also “think the world of” senior associate Karlyn Schnapp, a life sciences specialist with a PhD in chemistry.

The qualities on which rankings are based include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities valued by the client. Editorial comment is also derived from the research, with quotations used when they sum up the prevailing opinion of the market. The rankings and editorial comment about attorneys are independent and objective. Inclusion in the guide is based solely on the research team’s findings. For the current Global directory, over 6,500 of these interviews were conducted covering 170 countries. They were carried out by a team of 30 full-time researchers over a period of 12 months.

Now, if only we could win a Webby

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  1. Nice job Baristas. The Webby cannot be far behind.


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