We have started accepting firm submissions for the 2022 edition of the IP STARS rankings and the Managing IP Awards programme.
 
Firms can now download the 2022 edition research forms here and start preparing for submission. An email has been sent to firms about the submission portal. Please contact us (click here) if you have not received the email. The submission deadline this year is November 1
 
If you did not register or submit last year for the 2021 edition, please register your interest in the 2022 edition here
 
 

Join the webinar for the 2022 edition

We will be hosting a webinar on September 8 to provide guidance and answer questions about our research.

Time and date: The webinar starts at 3pm (London time) or 10am (New York time) on September 8.

Registration link: Click here to register/access the webinar.

In preparation for the webinar, it is useful to review the research forms and information on this website, especially research forms and methodology, as you may have one or two questions for us.

The webinar will be recorded so you can register even if you know you won't be able to participate live. All registrants will receive an email notification of the recording.

Frequently asked questions

Below are some common questions about our research. You will find guidelines about our research forms here. Please also read the information on the FAQ page.

 

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.

We use the information in the research forms for the IP STARS rankings and MIP Awards.

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. If appropriate, and subject to other research information, a ranked firm may well be removed or downgraded if we do not receive a submission.

We also use the firm submission for the research for the Top 250 Women in IP and Rising Stars, and the Managing IP Awards.

Lastly, we are 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.

 

Do you change your research process and forms each year?

Our research methodology has not changed and we do not have any plan to change it in the near future. However, each year we seek feedback on how to improve our research forms, i.e. the firm questionnaire and client referees document, and the submission process. We avoid making significant changes to the research forms.

 

Can you briefly explain your research methodology?

The firm rankings, IP Stars lists and Managing IP Awards are based on the information we obtain from different sources, including firm submissions, publicly available information and market feedback. Please read more about our methodology here.

 

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

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

When do you start accepting firm submissions each year?

Each year we start accepting firm questionnaires and client referees from September 1.

 

When is the deadline for firm submissions?

The deadline to submit your firm questionnaire and client referees documents is October 31 or the next working day, if October 31 falls on a weekend.

 

Do you have different research dates/deadlines for different regions or jurisdictions?

No.  

 

Which regions and jurisdictions do you cover?

Click on a region's navigation tab above to see the jurisdictions and rankings we have under it. We always consider new jurisdictions to introduce, but this depends on the number of research participants and amount of research data.

 

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 do you survey individual practitioners and how does it work?

We survey individual practitioners as well as referees after the firm submission deadline (starting from November). We 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 or survey 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 the Managing IP awards.

We will schedule and conduct the first batch of interviews between September and November. The second batch of interviews starts in December and ends in January. Please note that interview slots 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.

Please note: the interview isn’t compulsory and not getting a slot won’t influence our decision on whether you or your firm should be ranked in IP STARS or shortlisted for the MIP Awards. The most important way to participate in our research each year is to submit your firm questionnaire and client referees.

 

When will you publish the results of your research?

We will start publishing our research results from February (follow our updates here). The firm rankings for patent and trade mark work will be published in the Managing IP magazine as well as on this website.

The Managing IP Awards shortlists and winners are published on MIP's website, www.managingip.com/Awards.html

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

Our general 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 research@managingip.com

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