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For the second year in a row, Spokane's Lee & Hayes was cited as the No. 1 patent law firm in the United States, based on patent quality. Intellectual Asset Management Magazine publishes the winners and uses a ranking system developed by Ocean Tomo. Ocean Tomo is a patent ratings company that specializes in assigning value to intellectual patents.
The magazine also hailed Lee & Hayes for being No. 1 in the information technology industry. Notably, Seattle's Perkins Coie landed at No. 6 for overall top IP firms.
The rankings appeared in the May-June issue of the magazine.
Ocean Tomo's ranking system relies on the premise that patent quality is a stronger measure of an intellectual property (IP) portfolio’s strategic value than the number of patents.
Lee & Hayes has continued to expand its operations. It recently opened a new office in Vancouver, Wash., focusing on clients in the Portland area.
Heading that office is Kevin Lemond, in photo above. The firm also has offices in Spokane, Seattle, Austin, Taipei and Beijing.
Spokane company co-founder Lewis Lee recently was quoted extensively at a CNBC blog on the fundamental importance of intellectual property in business development.
Which is exactly up Lewis Lee's alley; he co-founded immensely successul Spokane-based IP law firm Lee & Hayes, housed in downtown Spokane.
The interview, at CNBC.com, was nicely timed to the recent state visit by China's President Hu Jintao. It was posted with the headline: Message to CEOs: Don't Underestimate the Middle Kingdom in the Innovation Race.
Lee spends increasing amounts of time with his company's patent teams on the mainland and in Taipei. When he talks about the need for U.S. companies and global firms to deal with the growth of IP awareness in China, he makes a strong point. One quote is this one:
“However, we are seeing more and more research being located in emerging countries like India and China due to the large number of engineers and scientists, which in turn is fostering a growing culture of innovation in these countries. In the U.S., we need more educational emphasis on intellectual property.
“After all, it is rapidly becoming the greatest asset class and greatest renewable resource of our time. Intellectual property should become a core requirement in business and engineering education disciplines, not just an elective in law school.”
“Americans should no longer think of China as an emerging manufacturing power that disregards intellectual property rights. The enforcement system in China is still new and developing, but the country is dramatically increasing the number of patent filings it wants to receive (up from 300,000 in 2009 to an estimated 2 million in 2015) and adding patent examiners at an astounding pace. China will enforce intellectual property rights as soon as doing so is in its national interest. That day will come sooner than most people expect.”