Managing Intellectual Property will launch the research for the 2020 edition of IP STARS on September 2, 2019.
Register your interest in the research here and for the research webinar here.
Below we highlight why it is important for firms to participate in the research by making a submission and pick out some common questions about the research and publication.

Why is it important for firms to participate each year?

The minimum we expect from firms each year is that they should submit their firm questionnaire and client referees documents ('research forms'). The submission process is simple: complete the research forms and upload to our online submissions portal. 

Regardless of whether your firm is ranked or not, it is important to submit your forms each year because our firm rankings are subject to change each year, i.e. a firm can be added, upgraded, downgraded or removed. Annual participation demonstrates that your firm’s IP practice is credible and active, and it helps us build up reasonable research data on your firm and practitioners. 

In addition to the firm rankings, we may find information in your submission that may positively influence our decision when considering other research projects, including the IP stars lists and Managing IP awards.

Lastly, we're looking into other ways to recognise certain unranked firms that participated in our research; when/if we decide to do something on this, we'll prioritise those firms that consistently participate in our research. 

Do firms and individuals have to pay to participate in the research and/or to be ranked or to win an award?

No. It is absolutely free to participate in our research. For the avoidance of doubt, commercial dealings with Managing IP (for example, paying for a subscription or advertisement) do not and will not influence our research results. Firms and individuals are recognised only on merit.

Are there any major changes this year?

Our research methodology and submission process have not changed. However, each year we look to improve our research forms based on feedback. We have made very minor changes to our firm questionnaire and client referees document.

Can you briefly explain your research methodology?

The firm rankings, IP stars lists and Managing IP awards are primarily based on an independent review of available information including firm submissions and market feedback (i.e. competitors and clients). Please read more about our methodology here.

Where can those who wish to participate find the research forms and guidelines?

The research forms (available later in August), link to the online submission portal (opens on September 1) and submission guidelines will be made available here

More information on how to participate in 2020 edition research can be found here.

When is the firm submission deadline?

The deadline to submit your firm questionnaire and client referees documents is October 31, 2019. Our research and results publication timeline can be found here.

We have IP teams in offices in different countries in our region (or, for US firms, in different States in the US), can we submit one firm questionnaire to cover all the countries? Or do we have to submit one form for each country?

You are required to submit one form for each jurisdiction/country. Please only submit for the jurisdiction/country and/or US State in which you would like us to consider your firm for our rankings and awards. Although not mandatory, US firms may wish to also submit by State.

When would you survey individual practitioners and how does it work?

We will start surveying practitioners from October 2019. We will send an email to the current IP stars and anyone else that is interested in taking part in the practitioner survey. Please note that completing the survey does not guarantee ranking, and there is no special form to complete for the Top 250 Women in IP list and Corporate IP Stars list.

Can the marketing/business development staff complete the practitioner survey on behalf of practitioners?

No. The practitioner survey is designed for practitioners to complete themselves because only they will know the answers to the questions.

Please also note that we do not have a Word or PDF copy of the practitioner survey.

When do you start your research interviews?

First, you do not need to submit your research forms before scheduling an interview with us. The main purpose of the interview is to get feedback on our rankings and Managing IP awards.

We will schedule and conduct the first batch of interviews between September 2 and November 29. The second batch of interviews starts on December 2 and ends in January 2020. Please note that the interviews are offered on a first come, first served basis.

We interview as many firms as possible and obtain a lot of data and therefore we regret that not all firms will be interviewed for the 2020 edition. Please note that not getting an interview with us will not in any way influence our decisions on your firm.

Our research and results publication timeline can be found here.

When will you publish the results of your research?

We will start publishing the 2020 rankings from February 2020. The firm rankings will be published in the Managing IP magazine and on this website. 

The Managing IP awards shortlists are normally published in February and the winners are revealed in March and April. See the previous shortlists and winners at

Firms will be informed about rankings or results in advance, and we will publish an announcement on this website.

Our research and results publication timeline can be found here.

Where can we find more information about your research?

Please click here. If you still have further questions after reviewing all the information on our website or have feedback to share please send them to

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