Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Earns National Recognition and Gold Ranking in Minnesota in 2012 IAM Patent 1000

Martin R. Lueck and Ronald J. Schutz Honored as Recommended Individuals

iam 1000 Patent 1000 Recommended Firm 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (June 2012) — Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. is pleased to announce the firm is recommended as a top national plaintiff firm for patent law and also listed as Gold for Litigation and Licensing in Minneapolis, in the Intellectual Asset Magazine (IAM) Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2012, a new guide that identifies the top patent practitioners in key jurisdictions around the globe. The firm is the only one in Minnesota to receive that top Gold designation, and partners Martin R. Lueck and Ronald J. Schutz are named "Recommended Individuals" for the state. Mr. Schutz is also recommended as a top national plaintiff patent lawyer.

The guide notes:

Clients can't get enough of the "simply fabulous" firm.  Its collaborative approach is a particular hit: "The lawyers take the time to understand our needs and provide advice that is tailored to our objectives and strategy."  Litigation is its forte, demonstrated by its long history of success in high-profile trials.  Sources admire its understated style in the courtroom, agreeing that the team "has no airs and no hubris, so they have plenty of credibility in court." 

Its wealth of technical knowledge is another factor in its success: "It takes them next to no time to wrap their minds around the underlying issues of a case."  Its expertise covers the gamut of industries - although recently the group has handled a great deal of life sciences work - and its client roster is similarly diverse, ranging from small start-ups to global corporations. 

"Master strategist and tactician Ron Schutz has a unique sense for how to make a judge understand the story behind a legal position."  He appears in patent suits across the United States.  During a distinguished career, Martin Lueck has obtained wins for Honeywell, General Electric and Medtronic, to name a few. Sources relate that his clear explanations and persuasive arguments consistently produce positive results in court.

The inaugural edition of 2012 IAM Patent 1000 was compiled following an extensive research process. Over five months, IAM conducted almost 1,000 telephone interviews with numerous attorneys at law, patent attorneys and in-house counsel to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the field. Individuals qualify for a listing in the IAM Patent 1000 when they receive sufficient positive feedback from peers and clients with knowledge of their practice and the market within which they operate. Only those individuals identified by market sources for their exceptional skill sets and profound insights into patent litigation feature in the IAM Patent 1000.

About the IAM Patent 1000

The IAM Patent 1000 is a standalone publication that identifies individual and firm expertise in all major areas of patent law and practice. Through an extensive research process conducted by a team of highly qualified, full-time analysts, the publication identifies the top patent practitioners, as well as leading patent law and attorney firms, in 33 of the world's most important jurisdictions, and 16 US states.

Being named to the list or receiving the award is not intended and should not be viewed as comparative to other lawyers or to create an expectation about results that might be achieved in a future matter.