Press release | 2014-10-08 08:15:37

inovia Overtakes Title of #1 PCT Firm in the World, Maintains #1 Spot in the US for the 4th Consecutive Year

Managing Intellectual Property Magazine’s Annual Ranking of the World’s Largest Filers of Patents under the Patent Cooperation Treaty is led by inovia and its Global Agents

inovia the leading foreign filing provider, today announced that it has placed number one in the world for the first time by Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s annual ranking of the top Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) firms. For the fourth consecutive year, inovia is first in the United States for national stage entry filings. inovia handled the deadlines of 1,546 PCTs in 2014, a sizable increase in the number of filings from the 2013 rankings.

Now in its sixth year, Managing IP’s list of law firms handling the most patents filed under the PCT is based on details published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Managing IP’s top PCT filing firms list is a crucial benchmark of firms’ activities in the patent market, especially as PCT applications are assuming a greater role in IP owners’ strategies. The survey is an important tool for law firms seeking a reliable resource for identifying potential attorney firms around the world with whom they can exchange patent work.

“We are thrilled and proud to be the #1 PCT firm in the world. It goes without saying that this great success is the result of a passionate and driven group of people, dedicated to providing the best possible service to our clients,” said Justin Simpson, Founder of inovia. “Our global reach is unmatched by any IP service provider and we look forward to growing the business even further in the upcoming years.”

In addition to providing comprehensive technology to simplify the foreign filing process and reduce costs, inovia has a global network of agents in over 130 countries, more than double what was offered five years ago. As in previous years, inovia’s foreign agents ranked among the top filers in their markets in Managing IP’s survey. China PAT Intellectual Property Office and AFD China Intellectual Property are fourth and thirteenth in the world respectively, showing China’s influence on the world stage.

Ranking first in their respected countries was Reinhold Cohn & Partners of Israel for the second consecutive year, Jacobacci & Partners S.p.A. of Italy for the second consecutive year, Awapatent of Sweden for the third consecutive year and China Pat Intellectual Property Office of China for the fourth consecutive year.

Other top-ranking inovia agents in their local regions include NLO (Nederlandsch Octrooibureau) of the Netherlands (#2), Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan of India (#2), Ridout & Maybee LLP of Canada (#3), AFD China Intellectual Property Law Office of China (#4), Papula Oy of Finland (#4), Y.P. Lee, Mock & Partners of Korea (#4), S. Majumdar & Co. of India (#4), Bereskin & Parr LLP of Canada (#4), Borden Ladner Gervais LLP of Canada (#5), Herrero & Asociados of Spain (#5), Meissner Bolte & Partner of Germany (#5), SunYoung International Patent & Law Firm of Korea (#7), Shelston IP of Australia (#8), J. Isern Patentes & Marcas of Spain (#9), Kilburn & Strode LLP of United Kingdom (#12), and Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC of the US (#14).

To view the complete ranking of top PCT filing firms, download it here.

About inovia

inovia is the global leader in foreign patent filing, having served more than 1,500 clients. Its global instruction platform,, simplifies the PCT national stage entry, direct (Paris Convention) filing and European validation processes. inovia, a member of the RWS Group, has headquarters in New York, offices in London, Munich and Sydney, and agents covering over 130 countries, providing support in all major time zones and IP jurisdictions. inovia's patented technology pioneered online foreign filing and is recognized among WIPO's most notable inventions. For more information visit and follow the company on Twitter @inoviaIP.


Elizabeth Curtin

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