Brodies IP team has scooped yet another 'gold' ranking in a prestigious list of the world's outstanding patent professionals.

Scotland's largest law firm has been awarded a 'gold' ranking in IAM Patent 1000 2016 - The World's Leading Patent Professionals, which ranks and profiles leading private practice patent professionals and firms in the world's key jurisdictions.

Brodies' 12-strong IP team is commended for its "flair for KO'ing contentious briefs in the natural resources, renewables, food and drink and life sciences sectors on behalf of "its ever-expanding client roster [featuring] major multinationals from across these fields.

The guide singles out Partners Gill Grassie, Robert Buchan and Grant Campbell for particular praise: "Exceptional practitioners Robert Buchan and Gill Grassie are at the heart of its enduring success. Buchan has over 15 years' experience and an impressive command of US and EU case law and legislature. Grassie is prized for her astute business nous and sensitivity to long-term commercial risks. Grant Campbell is another stellar individual who excels in the negotiation of know-how licences and patent due diligence.

Now in its fifth year, the IAM Patent 1000 is compiled following a five-month research process involving some 1,500 interviews with private practice lawyers, patent attorneys and in-house counsel to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the field.

According to the guide, firms and individuals in the gold band are those that attract the most positive comments and are the "crme de la crme, [whose] success hinges on reputations established over lengthy periods of time, something which enables them to secure the most high-profile, big-ticket instructions from the most demanding of clients.