By now, it's pretty clear that we at Juristat love competitions, lists, and ranking things in general. Because of our penchant for pitting patent-filing companies and firms against each other, we've been hard at work on our biggest ranking yet - the overall Top 100 Patent Law Firms. This list is the only ranking of U.S. law firms based on those firms' objective performance in front of the USPTO. Due to our barely contained excitement, we've decided to give our blog readers a special sneak peak at the firms rounding out the Juristat Top Twenty! Congratulations to all the top twenty firms!
Our analysis comes from Juristat's dataset of over 7 million patent applications and is based on a weighted average of the following four criteria:
Total number of applications filed (for applications filed between July 2013 and July 2014)
Allowance rate (for applications disposed between July 2013 and July 2014)
Average number of office actions to allowance (for applications disposed between July 2013 and July 2014)
Average time to allowance (for applications disposed between July 2013 and July 2014)
After the firms' rankings were calculated for each criterion, we calculated an overall ranking by determining a weighted average of each firm's four rankings. It is important to note that this method is only one way to measure a firm's performance and it is not intended to be definitive. There are many different areas in which a firm may excel, which this particular list may not encompass. Juristat's subscribers can obtain in-depth analysis of law firms' performance in individual art units, tech centers, or before the PTAB and customize those results to their individual needs.