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Fredrikson attorneys Grant D. Fairbairn, Thomas R. Hipkins, Ann M. Ladd, Paul J. LaVanway, Barbara Marchevsky, Kurt J. Niederluecke, Charles D. Segelbaum and David C. West are featured in the 2024 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 Fredrikson is distinguished from other firms and “boasts a stellar reputation across the prosecution, litigation and transaction fronts. Combining strategic business advice with skilled legal representation, the ensemble positions itself as a crucial partner to achieve patrons’ commercial goals. Patrons benefit from a tailored approach, with practitioners seamlessly integrating profound technical acumen into their legal practice.”

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

Fairbairn and Niederluecke are acknowledged as “accomplished litigators” who “bring a wealth of experience to the table.” The ranking states Fairbairn, chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, displays “astute advice” regarding maximizing the value of clients’ IP assets and a strong defense in his national practice. 

Niederluecke harnesses his background as a patent attorney and former aerospace engineer “to effectively communicate complex technology concepts to judges,” contributing to both his litigation success and clients’ satisfaction.

Hipkins, chair of the firm’s Patents Group, “merges two decades of legal expertise with engineering acumen to steer patrons through patent infringement risks and protection strategies.”

Ladd is known to excel at “supporting customers through the commercialization of their IP and technology assets” through many transaction complexities. 

LaVanway is praised for his “outstanding client service and excellent work” and is adept at law-technology intersections, safeguarding IP assets and navigating third-party ownership complexities with practical insights and strategic counsel. 

Segelbaum, chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Due Diligence Group, “delves into complex technologies to guide clientele through patent matters. With roles in key IP groups and a background as a data network engineer, he brings a holistic perspective to safeguarding IP assets and ensuring optimal value for legal investments."

IAM Patent 1000 calls West, chair of the Intellectual Property Division, a “perceptive strategist and seasoned negotiator…who consistently secures favorable outcomes for his following, particularly in life science licensing.”

Making her debut in the guide this year, IP litigator Marchevsky is identified as a pivotal player, “driven by a commitment to client success” using “remarkable written and oral prowess, coupled with strategic insight, to craft compelling arguments.”

Now in its 13th 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 375+ 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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