Please note that our research and results publication dates below are subject to change each year.

We will publish an announcement on this website when research results are available. Follow our updates on the news and features page.

Research timeline

August: We will send out an email with details on how to participate in the research for the next edition

September 1: We start accepting firm submissions, conducting independent research and scheduling market interviews

October 31: Firm questionnaire and client referees submission deadline*

December - March: Client referee feedback and practitioner survey starts**

July: End of the research for the current year's edition

* Any deadline that falls on a Saturday or Sunday is automatically extended to Monday.

** Our first practitioner survey is for the senior IP practitioners, especially the IP Stars. We contact the Rising Stars after we have closed the senior IP practitioner survey. We can contact referees at anytime between December and March using the email address of one of our editors or our general research email address.


Please also read the information on the following pages:



Research forms and guidelines

About our research

Results publication

Normally, we start publishing the research results for the year in March.  The timeline below is subject to change. Please follow the updates on the news and features page.


IP STARS rankings publication timeline

March: Trade mark practice rankings for firms (including US states such as California)

April: Intellectual property rankings for firms (for jurisdictions without trade mark or patent rankings) and ITC and life sciences IP rankings for the US

May: Practitioner rankings, e.g. Patent Star, Trade Mark Star, etc and Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP list

June: Patent practice rankings for firms (including US states such as California)

July: IP transactions and copyright practice rankings for firms

September: Managing IP's Rising Stars list and Corporate IP Stars list


The Managing IP Awards

The winners and shortlists for the annual Managing IP Awards programme are published on Read about the awards and the previous winners here.

Our marketing/business development team will inform firms and individuals about the IP STARS rankings and Managing IP Awards.

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