Welcome to the 2022 edition of IP STARS.
After months of research, Managing IP can now confirm the IP Stars list for 2022.
The IP Stars are senior practitioners who have been recommended or identified as leaders in their firm and/or jurisdiction.
To see this year’s IP Stars list, go to a jurisdiction or a firm’s page and click on the ‘Practitioners’ tab.
Please note that a few jurisdictions do not have an IP Stars list, and any individual who is not ranked as an IP Star has been tagged as 'Notable' or 'Unranked'. To learn more about our practitioner rankings, please read the information below or see our methodology page. Some questions about our research can be found here. If you have any feedback or questions, please get in touch via email here.
IP STARS is not a directory of all firms and individuals offering IP services. Participation in our research does not guarantee ranking.
Congratulations to all the practitioners ranked this year.
Each year our research analysts look into firms, especially those that participated in our research, to pick out more senior practitioners to rank as IP Stars. We have ranked new practitioners this year. Our commercial team will contact all the ranked individuals and firms to update or create their pages on our website.
If you are attending the INTA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., visit booth 406 to find out if you have been ranked as an IP star in the 2022 edition of IP STARS.
We have not yet confirmed and published the 2022 Top 250 Women in IP list, Corporate IP Stars list, Notable Practitioners and Rising Stars in IP. Below is the 2022 edition publication timeline, which is subject to change.
Follow our research publication announcements here.
Managing IP's firm and practitioner rankings are published on this website; use the regional drop-down menu to see the jurisdictions we cover and their latest rankings.
March: Trade mark practice rankings for firms (including US states such as California) - read about them here
April: Intellectual property rankings for firms (only available in jurisdictions without trade mark or patent rankings) - read about them here
May: IP Stars list
May: Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP list
June: Patent practice rankings for firms (including US states such as California)
July: IP transactions practice rankings for firms
July: Copyright practice rankings for firms
Managing IP published its first legal directory in 1994 and rebranded it in 2013 as IP STARS. The IP STARS guide has expanded over the years and now covers over six IP practice areas and more than 70 jurisdictions, making it the most comprehensive, leading specialist rankings publication for the IP profession.
The research for these rankings was conducted rigorously and impartially by our team of research analysts in London, New York, and Hong Kong. Each year, we request information from thousands of firms, IP practitioners and their clients through interviews, email, and online surveys.
Before compiling the rankings, our analysts also conducted their own independent research, including an analysis of publicly available information (such as court or IP office data) and existing data we have about firms and their practitioners. The aspects assessed for the firm rankings include expertise, workload, market reputation and record, outcomes achieved for clients, and unique strengths in each practice area. Judgements about which firms to include in the rankings, and which tier and practice area they should be in, take account of all this information.
Firms are ranked alphabetically in tiers, or as highly recommended or recommended. The total number of firms listed varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For most jurisdictions, the trade mark and patent rankings are split into prosecution and contentious work.
The prosecution ranking takes account of pre- and post-registration work, including office proceedings and portfolio management advice. The contentious ranking covers trade mark-related disputes (in and outside the courts) and anti-counterfeiting work.
We have more firm rankings, including for copyright and IP transactions work. Read about our methodology and practice areas here.
The 2022 firm rankings are based on information available at the time the research was completed (February 2022). Except for firm name changes, any subsequent developments or information that could influence our rankings will be considered during the research for the 2023 edition of IP STARS, which starts in September 2022.
The individuals we normally select as IP Stars are senior practitioners who serve as partners or equivalent in their firms. We do not select non-partners or junior practitioners to be ranked as IP Stars, except in very special circumstances. After selecting the IP Stars, we assign at least one practice area rating, e.g. patent star, to reflect what we reasonably believe to be their main area(s) of expertise.
The 2022 IP Stars list is based on information available at the time the core research was completed (February 2022). Except for firm name changes, any subsequent developments or information that could influence this year’s IP Stars list will be considered during the research for the 2023 edition. Our research analysts regularly monitor firms and their practitioners throughout the year and, therefore, Managing IP reserves the right to change any ranking and/or remove a firm or individual from our website at any time.
The IP STARS rankings are not influenced by any commercial relationship, including advertising, with Managing IP or IP STARS. There is no fee to pay to participate in our research.
IP STARS is not a directory of all firms and individuals offering IP services. There are firms and practitioners that we have not recognised even though we have research data about them. Participation in our research does not guarantee ranking. The rankings are subject to change each year.
Individuals who are not ranked as IP Stars have been tagged as 'Notable' or 'Unranked'. Please read about our practitioner rankings on the methodology page.
Click here to learn more about our research.