Fast-growing intellectual property law firm Secerna is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a listing in an esteemed global legal directory.
Published annually, the IAM Patent 1000 is a directory of the world’s leading patent professionals, widely regarded as the go-to resource for people looking for world-class, private practice patent expertise and leading expert witnesses in the US.
The 2021 IAM rankings follow an exhaustive research project to identify outstanding firms and individuals across multiple jurisdictions. The researchers consider factors including depth of knowledge, market presence, and the level of work on which firms are typically instructed, alongside positive peer and client feedback.
The IAM commentators note, “The expertise at Secerna is very high and the quality of the drafting is first-rate. Its strength is its ability to take ideas from inventors, quicky grasp and understand the concept, and turn it into a patent application with cleverly structured language”.
The Secerna partners, Jason Boakes and Charlotte Watkins are highlighted for special recognition from IAM. On Jason, they said: “very astute and knowledgeable patent practitioner who takes great care to ensure the work he produces is well thought through and accurate, and who explains concepts easily and clearly”. “He is very sensitive to cost pressure and works efficiently to maximise value for his clients.”
On the work that Charlotte Watkins carried out, IAM said: “goes above and beyond the call of duty for her clients, doing more for them than many other European practitioners. She becomes an essential part of their patent teams, puts in the effort to make herself indispensable, grasps the science easily, and is extremely knowledgeable about European practice and caselaw”.
The Secerna team supports a worldwide client base of multi-national corporations, FTSE and NYSE listed companies, universities, spin-out companies, small businesses, and innovators. Last month, the firm opened a new office in Dublin headed by former Accenture in-house counsel, Dermot Roche, to support continued growth across Europe, the USA, and the Far East.
Founder and partner Charlotte Watkins said: “Seeing the firm recognised in the IAM Patent 1000 is a significant achievement, and the announcement could not be better timed as we mark ten years in business and the recent opening of our new international office in Dublin. We are thrilled.”
Chairman Jason Boakes said: “The global ranking is a boost for the team and well-deserved recognition of the excellent work they do to support our growing list of clients worldwide.”