Welcome to the 2022 edition of IP STARS.

Managing IP is delighted to reveal the 2022 rankings of the leading law firms for copyright and related rights work. Most of the law firms we recognised this year have dealt with contentious and non-contentious work across a range of creative industries, including software and entertainment.

Below you will find information about the copyright rankings, our research methodology and what to expect next.

Congratulations to all the firms ranked this year.


Jurisdictions covered

This year’s copyright rankings cover more than 30 jurisdictions, some of which are featured below. For these jurisdictions, our research analysts evaluated and ranked firms for both contentious and non-contentious work.

To check if a firm has been ranked this year for copyright, enter the firm’s name in the search bar or use the regional navigation menu above to select the jurisdiction (click on 'Rankings' to see the 2022 firm rankings).

These are the final firm rankings for the 2022 edition of IP STARS. Read about the other firm rankings we have published this year here.





United States (National)*

*We also have copyright rankings for the following states: CaliforniaDistrict of Columbia, and New York.










The Netherlands

UK (England)


What to expect next

We have now published all the firm rankings for the 2022 edition of IP STARS. The final set of rankings to expect are the Rising Stars list and Corporate IP Stars list, which will be published in September. Follow our rankings and research announcements here.



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.


Research methodology

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.


Firm rankings

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 the copyright and related rights rankings, our analysts evaluated non-contentious and contentious work across all copyright-based industries, including entertainment, media, and software. Notably, most of the firms ranked also demonstrated that they can advise rights holders and users on complex copyright-related issues in the modern digital era. Learn more about our methodology and practice areas here.

The 2022 firm rankings are 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 our rankings will be considered during the research for the 2023 edition of IP STARS, which starts in September 2022.

For the avoidance of doubt, the ranking tables do not suggest or indicate that the expertise or services of the listed firms are limited to the practice area in question. Managing IP does not recommend or endorse any firm for IP work. Please read the terms of use concerning our content here.

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. No firm can pay to be included or to influence the results.

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.

Click here to learn more about our research.