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Fredrikson attorneys Grant D. Fairbairn, Thomas R. Hipkins, Ann M. Ladd, Paul J. LaVanway, Kurt J. Niederluecke, Charles D. Segelbaum and David C. West are featured in the 2023 edition of the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. The IAM Patent 1000 is the definitive resource for identifying top patent professionals and firm-wide private practice patent expertise in key jurisdictions around the globe.

The IAM Patent 1000 analysis states that “with representatives of the practice featuring on each of the prosecution, litigation and transactions tables, Fredrikson & Byron leaves no gaps in its patent offering. The team is appreciated for going the extra mile to provide a tailored service through its heightened commercial awareness, deep patent knowledge and acute technical expertise.”

Continuing in its evaluation of Fredrikson, the IAM Patent 1000 provides commentary on the individual team members’ strengths and areas of expertise:

 “Skilled and nimble litigators,” Kurt Niederluecke and Grant Fairbairn, chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group, “truly shine when it comes to complex disputes and strive to bring about business-driven outcomes. The pair have recently teamed up to represent Edelbrock in a patent infringement suit against Whipple Superchargers relating to superchargers and intercoolers for performance cars.” 

“Ann Ladd can easily spot opportunities and mitigate risk to successfully monetize her clients’ intellectual property.”

IAM Patent 1000 further remarks that David West, chair of the Intellectual Property Division, is “a sharp analyst and seasoned deal maker who achieves favorable results in challenging negotiations.”

“Trusted adviser and opinion giver to illustrious names,” Thomas Hipkins, chair of the Patents Group, “draws on his deep understanding of mechanical and electro-mechanical devices to achieve robust patent protection for his following across the globe.”

Charles Segelbaum, chair of the IP Due Diligence Group, “maintains a lively practice in the prosecution and transaction arenas. He is quick to get to the heart of his patrons’ businesses and recognizes their objectives to nimbly tailor strategies accordingly.”

Making his debut in the guide this year, IAM Patent 1000 acknowledges that Paul LaVanway is a “detail-oriented and business-minded prosecutor,” as well as “a go-to for chemical and process-based technologies.”

Now in its 12th year, the IAM Patent 1000 is commonly regarded as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise, as well as leading expert witnesses in the US, and includes 50 country-specific chapters analyzing their local patent professional services markets. An extensive research process is performed over five months, with a team of full-time analysts conducting 1,800 interviews with industry specialists around the world and resulting in the definitive directory exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading patent service providers. Only those identified by market sources for their exceptional skillsets and profound insights into patent matters feature in the IAM Patent 1000.

Fredrikson & Byron is a leading Midwest law firm working collaboratively to help businesses achieve their goals regionally, nationally and globally. With a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet,” our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients and operate as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors. The firm’s 350+ attorneys are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Ames, Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Madison, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Learn more at, LinkedIn or @FredriksonLaw.

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