Spruson & Ferguson receives multiple rankings in IAM Patent 1000 – 2021 Edition


Spruson & Ferguson has once again been recognised in IAM Patent 1000 rankings across the Asia-Pacific this year. We are pleased to announce that our Singapore business has been ranked in Tier 1 for Patent Prosecution with our Australian business ranked highly recommended, the highest ranking for Australia. Spruson & Ferguson was recognised as a recommended firm in Hong Kong, and our China business was commended for its work in Patent Prosecution. Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers, our boutique IP law firm based in Australia, was recognised in the rankings for Patent Litigation.

Quotes and client feedback on our service and team as featured in IAM Patent 1000


Praised for being “a leading IP firm in Australia and Asia able to provide the highest level of advice and service to clients”, it is no wonder that Spruson & Ferguson is the go-to firm for many foreign clients filing in Australia. In fact, it has defended its position as the country’s top filer for five years in a row. A team of nearly 50 patent attorneys tends to the needs of numerous market-leading corporations in diverse industries. Chemical and life sciences leader Simon Potter is a recognised expert on HIV antiretroviral drug resistance, while litigator Khajaque Kortian easily wraps his head around even the most complex of technical issues and commercial contexts.

IAM Patent 1000 – 2021 Edition – Australia


Well known in Asia-Pacific IP circles, Australian firm Spruson & Ferguson is a name synonymous with quality. The Beijing patent team consists of eight highly qualified patent professionals who collaborate closely with colleagues internationally and with exclusive alliance partner Beijing Pat SF Intellectual Property Agency. Patent prosecution is where the firm really stands out from the competition. Life sciences-focused Oliver Lutze spent 15 years working in-house for a large German pharmaceutical company, experience that he now utilises at Spruson & Ferguson where he is the China country manager and an integral part of the chemical and life sciences team.

IAM Patent 1000 – 2021 Edition – China (Foreign)

Hong Kong

“One of very few firms in Hong Kong that can handle a substantial volume of work in-house,” Spruson & Ferguson specialises in offering integrated IP services throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The technically talented patent team in Hong Kong leaves clients “very happy” – practitioners offer expert help to local and international businesses with the support of a wealth of in-house resources, “providing their expertise across multiple jurisdictions”. Chemical and life science group leader Robert Jackson ensures that “all client matters are taken seriously and the quality of work is above that of their peers”. Jackson is a registered US patent attorney who prepares, drafts and prosecutes patents with flair.

IAM Patent 1000 – 2021 Edition – Hong Kong


The Singapore operation of Spruson & Ferguson is far from an outpost, it is a genuine regional hub. A staff of over 100, headlined by more than 30 patent attorneys, patent scientists and engineers, is responsible for more Singapore patent filings than any other firm. Spruson’s, which is part of Australian listed IPH Limited, is also the top agent for PCT filings in Singapore. Kristian Robinson steers the ship for the group’s largest Asian office, which also provides drafting and other services for nearby jurisdictions, including Malaysia and Indonesia. His own forte is in the biology and chemistry sides, and he holds a Trans-Tasman qualification. The firm has a strong practice on the engineering and information and communications technology side, while its chemical and life sciences client list is a who’s who of innovators. Maik Brinkmann and Soo Ee Lin form “probably the best biotech and pharma patent prosecution team in Singapore” in the estimation of one local practitioner. Lin also looks after the firm’s Malaysia practice, while Brinkmann holds European and German patent attorney credentials.

IAM Patent 1000 – 2021 Edition – Singapore

Ranked Individuals

A number of Spruson & Ferguson practitioners have also been individually ranked and recognised in the 2021 edition of IAM Patent 1000.

Patent Prosecution

  • Australia: Simon Potter
  • China: Oliver Lutze
  • Hong Kong: Robert Jackson
  • Singapore: Kristian Robinson, Maik Brinkmann, Soo Ee Lin

Patent Litigation

  • Australia: Khajaque Kortian

Congratulations to all Spruson & Ferguson individuals recognised in this years’ IAM Patent 1000.

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