Patent Buddy Releases Top 100 Law Firms List

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 11:54am Eastern

It has come to my attention that the Patent Buddy Top 100 seems to be flawed.  I have been contacted by one firm on the Top 100 list and told that number of patents they obtained in 2008 is at least double what is listed on the list.  I then did a search for myself and confirmed this, and subsequently searched a few other firms using the USPTO database and confirmed other discrepancies.  That being the case, I do not feel comfortable leaving this list up on my site.

Here is the lead in paragraph I wrote for the story:

Patent Buddy, the most extensive database and networking website for patent attorneys and inventors, just released its Top 100 Patent Law Firms to complement its Top 300 Patenting Organizations.  The top law firms were determined based upon the number of patents the firm obtained on behalf of clients in 2008.  Similarly, the top 300 organizations were determined based on the number of patents obtained in 2008.  The top 25  patent firms are reproduced below, with the number of patents obtained in parenthesis.

Because there seems to be a number of inconsistencies I have removed the top 25 list I published, which was taken from the Patent Buddy list.


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3 comments so far.

  • [Avatar for shahida begum]
    shahida begum
    January 5, 2014 09:11 am

    Because there seems to be a number of inconsistencies I have removed the top 25 list I published, which was taken from the Patent Buddy list.

  • [Avatar for Gene Quinn]
    Gene Quinn
    August 26, 2009 09:48 am


    Thanks for this clarification. I also received the same information from Patent Buddy. Perhaps I did not look closely enough at the list, but it seemed that others were having the same trouble interpreting the results that I was (once the problem was pointed out to me). That being the case, and since I was not in charge of compiling the list and I want to do whatever I can to maintain what I believe is my reputation for accuracy, I chose to remove the list from Perhaps I over reacted, I don’t know. What I do know is that I was not comfortable with the list when inquiries were be made of me and about the list. I erred on the side of caution, no doubt.


  • [Avatar for Joff Wild]
    Joff Wild
    August 25, 2009 02:01 pm


    The Patent Buddy list relates only to patents obtained for the 300 companies that receive most patents from the USPTO. Clearly, most – if not all – of the firms on the top 100 list will also represent other clients, which is why the overall number of patents that the firms obtain will not correlate to the numbers detailed by Patent Buddy. That could explain the disparities you and the firm that contacted you have found.

    All the best,